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PostZimbabwe: Epitome of a Failed State (Timothy Ashby, -Spain, 08/15/18 3:24 am)
With regard to the BBC's opposing point on Zimbabwe, "There is no evidence to show that most Zimbabweans became better off after the land grabs we saw in the early 2000s"--some may read this as old-fashioned British understatement. Actually it is a prime example of the Western media's reluctance to criticise Black-ruled African countries.
An English friend was a correspondent for a number of years in East and Southern Africa, working for several major UK newspapers. He told me that the broadcast media in particular is dominated by Leftist editors who have the mindset that however dire the political and economic situation is in these countries today, they are still better off than they were under the evil White colonialist administrations (the friend is now working as a political/commercial risk consultant).
Zimbabwe is the epitome of a failed state. This beautiful country with warm and friendly people once enjoyed an abundance of natural resources, a booming agricultural sector and a wealth of human capital, but because of the racist and ostensibly "socialist" policies of the ruling ZANU-PF (which continues under the new President Emmerson "The Crocodile" Mnangagwa, who certainly won the recent elections fraudulently), Zimbabwe became a nightmare state. Poverty is endemic, with unemployment and under employment around 95%, and the majority of people living below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day. Zimbabwe is an HIV/AIDS "killing zone," with over a million people infected out of a total population of 17 million. Inflation is still high, although not quite as astronomical as the monthly peak of 79.6 billion percent in mid-November 2008. Many of the confiscated White farms have become deserts due to over-grazing by goats and lack of maintenance.
Recent statements about Land Expropriation from South African government officials and elected representatives are disturbingly similar to those uttered by Robert Mugabe and his cohorts a quarter century ago. My prediction is that South Africa will disintegrate into an even greater example of a Failed State, rivaling Venezuela. I also expect the Western media to ignore this, downplay it, or find someone or something else (i.e. "the legacy of Colonialism and White Supremacy") to blame.
JE comments: That "legacy of colonialism" has become a well-trod excuse for all sorts of contemporary ills. What is most disturbing is that SA's possible fall into dysfunction will provide ammunition for the "told you so" nostalgists for the Apartheid days. The ANC certainly knows the world is watching. The question is whether it cares.
Zimbabwe is ruled by a Crocodile, as was South Africa in the old days. That Demon of Apartheid, P. W. Botha, was famous as Die Groot Krokodil. In those treacherous political waters, be at the top of the food chain--or else.