Monday, July 02, 2007

Zimbabwe’s top cleric urges Britain to invade

Zim just keeps getting worse. Now the archbishop there wants the British to re-invade. Hard to believe, and something that won't happen. This does show the desperation that collapse of the economy is bringing to the people:

ZIMBABWE’S leading cleric has called on Britain to invade the country and topple President Robert Mugabe. Pius Ncube, the Archbishop of Bulawayo, warned that millions were facing death from famine, unable to survive amid inflation believed to have soared to 15,000%.

Mugabe, 83, had proved intransigent despite the “massive risk to life”, said Ncube, the head of Zimbabwe’s 1m Catholics. “I think it is justified for Britain to raid Zimbabwe and remove Mugabe,” he said. “We should do it ourselves but there’s too much fear. I’m ready to lead the people, guns blazing, but the people are not ready.”

Some parts of Zimbabwe have seen 95% of crops fail, leaving families with only two or three weeks’ food supply to last a year. Prices in the shops are more than doubling every week and Christopher Dell, the American ambassador, predicts that by the end of the year inflation could hit 1.5m%.

Ncube said that far from helping those struggling on less than £1 a week, Mugabe had just spent £1m on surveillance equipment to monitor phone calls and e-mails. “How can you expect people to rise up when even our church services are attended by state intelligence people? Read More.

2 comments:

Ray said...

It is really a shame that the UN continues to fail to take real action to avert the kind of things happening in Zimbabwe and other places like it. The request for British action, is likely a result of frustration with the UN.

Ron Ballew said...

No doubt. Ncube is a good guy, some of the problem is that the UN can't really get involved without the backing of the African union, and they won't condemn an African chief.

Mugabe has been doing quiet diplomacy for years, and it hasn't worked. He is hesitant to rebuke Mugabe because of his strong struggle credentials. All of this adds up to a mess, with no easy solution.