Posted on March 11th, 2007
I'm not the first person to notice Britain
2.xml> 's hypocrisy in relation to Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe. As readers of
the Daily Telgraph commented, if Zimbabwe had a thimblefull of oil it would
have been brought into line by now.
Europe intervened in the Balkans and the "coalition of the willing" did a
job in Iraq, but nobody seems to care about Zimbabwe.
Britain, in my view, has more legal grounds to invade Zimbabwe than it did
Iraq. Britain was the former colonial power in Rhodesia and negotiated the
Lancaster House Agreement <http://www.divshare.com/download/213642-59f> .
The agreement is actually worth reading. It sets out the principles under
which democratic Zimbabwe should have been governed, and was in fact
governed for the first few years.
Mugabe has clearly violated the agreement. He has breached conditions
including white representation in parliament, independence of the judiciary,
citizenship and payment of pensions.
These should be sufficient grounds for Britain to demand change or otherwise
invade. Who knows? Maybe John Howard will even commit a couple of hundred
Get a stable, decent government in place and my guess is that thousands of
white Zimbabweans and black middle class professionals will return to the
country and make it prosper.