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By:Tom Piatak | April 13, 2015

Late last week, I saw a small piece from AFP reporting that, on a visit to South Africa, Zimbabwe's de facto dictator Robert Mugabe said, "I don't want to see a white man."  Of course, if a European leader had commented, "I don't want to see a black man," the international outcry would still be going on. But Mugabe's open disdain for whites was largely ignored.

Perhaps that's as it should be. After all, Mugabe's comment in South Africa is not something new—it describes the way he's conducted himself for decades. Mugabe first gained notoriety by leading a terror campaign against Rhodesia's whites and any of Rhodesia's blacks who did not support the violent overthrow of the Rhodesian government. After "the international community" helped Mugabe gain control of the country now called Zimbabwe, he proceeded to eliminate the guaranteed seats for whites in parliament that had been part of the deal that brought him to power and later expropriated farms owned by whites. The result was a ruined agricultural sector, and a transformation of the country from an exporter of food to one dependent on international handouts to fend off starvation.

But Mugabe has done more than indulge his hatred of whites, turn productive farms into wasteland, and unleash terror and murder on his black political opponents and on those Mugabe saw as their supporters. He also managed to ruin his country's economy so comprehensively that it no longer has its own currency. The hyperinflation Zimbabwe experienced was so severe that it made Weimar Germany and Argentina seem like paragons of fiscal rectitude by comparison, and the country gave up on the Zimbabwe dollar after printing such novelties as 50 trillion dollar notes proved inadequate to the task.

There are many bad governments in the world, but Mugabe's has few rivals—perhaps only North Korea—in its record of destruction. There is little doubt that the ordinary people of Zimbabwe would be far better off today if the compromise worked out between Ian Smith and the country's peaceful black leaders in 1978 had been allowed to take hold.

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Eugene Girin
Queens, NY
4/14/2015 01:47 AM
 

  An excellent post. One would think that the fall of White (read: civilized Rhodesia) would be a fire bell in the night for South Africa. No such luck. B.J. Vorster actually abandoned Ian Smith when the "free world" ganged up on the plucky Rhodesians. And then came the accommodating (read: surrendering) Botha and De Clerk (the Gorbachev of South Africa - and that is not meant as a compliment).

 
 
Tom Doody
New Jersey near Lincoln Tunnel
4/14/2015 02:33 AM
 

  nice text Tom eye only knew Mugabe is accused of corrupting elections again and again and again

 
 
Harry Heller
San Francisco
4/14/2015 09:39 AM
 

  What evil spirit keeps Mugabe alive? He's 91, and still terrorizing his subjects. I vividly recall my disgust when the West sold out our Rhodesian brothers, and allowed this savage to take control of a once-civilized land, the "breadbasket" of Africa. I was barely in high school! And Mugabe's still in the news, over three decades later!! He must be close to the longest presiding ruler in the world. Will no one rid of us this monster? I generally oppose US military interventions, but I have long advocated an American military removal of Mugabe. He has repeatedly stolen reelection, terrorized his citizens, especially our fellow whites, and, in light of the Carter Admin's disgraceful betrayal of the Rhodesians, we owe it to them to rectify our past evil. A very small number of Green Berets could take out Mugabe, and install the rightful President. After that we should offer immediate refugee status to the remaining white population (fewer than 50,000 viciously oppressed persons), and evacuate them to the US. This would be a fraction of our annual immigration invasion, but who is more deserving? Alas, we have not had a pro-white President since at least Ike (and that be too generous an assessment).

 
 
Clyde Wilson
Columbia, SC
4/14/2015 11:48 AM
 

  Until recently Mugabe was treated as a hero when he visited Europe and America. If I remember correctly he danced with the Queen to celebrate his rise to power.

 
 
Cinadon
Eurotas
4/14/2015 01:10 PM
 

  The use of the term 'Whites' in this piece is misleading and disingenuous. Beyond that, who cares what this clown does with his farmland or his currency?

 
 
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