How can you live with yourselves? You have failed, Thabo Mbeki, and failed spectacularly in your efforts to portray Uncle as a reasonable, moderate gentleman of the people.
Where are you now? What have your much-vaunted ‘mediation’ efforts brought to the people of Zimbabwe? We know how you revere Uncle Bob as a father figure, but know this – history will remember you not for your ‘efforts’, but for your silence in the face of impending doom on your doorstep. Thanks for nothing.
And you, SADC. Disaster always sounds a horn, and as we have seen time and time again, strength in the face of symptomatic decline can work to avert disaster. What do you think is happening now in Zimbabwe? The trumpets are blaring – the people are stunned, and the darkness is coming. Where are the pronouncements, the bold actions, the shows of strength and unity? I thought your allegiance was to the People of Zimbabwe, not a (now-opposition) revolutionary party.
Et tu, African Union? We shouldn’t be surprised, should we? Gaddafi is no role-model for democracy, neither are the other Leaders poster-boys for power-transference, are they?
But my message to you, Africa, is this; you know what’s happening, you know what’s coming, you know who’s to blame. Are you willing to let this happen? How many times shall we watch our fellow Africans killing each other without action, without intervention?
Or are you waiting for it to be over, so you can wring your hands and say how terrible it all was, hunt down exiled war criminals and murderers in your territories, and send people to Tribunals and The Hague and Truth and Reconciliation commisions?
More of the same, then.