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Mugabe’s positive legacy

Mugabe's legacy

Mugabe's true legacy

With all due respect, Mr. Ban

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Friday to agree to a rapid deal on a new government to “leave his legacy in a positive way.”

…I realize that “positive” is here modifying “way” — as in, presumably, just slink off into exile, à la Mobutu, rather than stay in your palace kicking and screaming until you are dragged out of power by rebels, the military, or old age — but still, can we please not intimate that there is anything positive connected with Mugabe’s legacy?  His original anti-colonial rise is so far removed as to not count as part of that legacy in any meaningful way, and most of the past 28 years have seen Mugabe do little but lay waste to an entire country.

The only real option here is for Mugabe to “leave his legacy” to rot, while others can hopefully try to patch together the society that he has impoverished.

(image from flickr user willposh under a Creative Commons license)

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December 12, 2008 - Posted by | Africa, UN, Zimbabwe | ,

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