Comments:Mugabe is 'prepared to fight' if Zimbabwe elects opposition
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Wow Mugabe is ready to destroy is own country if they democracy elect an other party. No wonder why Democracy always fail in Africa. --22.214.171.124 18:58, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
- It doesn't sound much like democracy to me. It would be nice if the people of Zimbabwe could take it to the United Nations and vote if they would like some "help"... but alas, that probably won't happen, and if it did, the UN probably would not do anything anyway. --Emesee (talk) 21:46, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
- Robert Mugabe is a nasty, nasty piece of work - and always has been.
|Robert Gabriel Mugabe (born on February 21, 1924) has served as the head of government in Zimbabwe since 1980, as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and as the first executive President since 1987. He rose to prominence in the 1960s as a Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) leader in guerilla warfare against white-minority rule in Rhodesia in the Bush War (1964–1979). Emerging from this conflict, Mugabe was hailed by Africans as a hero.
Since 1998 Mugabe's policies have increasingly elicited domestic and international denunciation. Mugabe's government pursued a costly intervention in the Second Congo War, expropriated thousands of white-owned farms, printed hundreds of trillions of Zimbabwean dollars triggering hyperinflation, and has been accused of harassing and intimidating political opponents, particularly members of the Movement for Democratic Change. Zimbabwe's economy spiraled downward, with food and oil shortages, and with massive internal displacement and emigration.
During this recent period Mugabe's policies also have been denounced in the West and at home as racist against Zimbabwe's white minority. Mugabe has described his critics as "born again colonialists," and both he and his supporters claim that Zimbabwe's problems are the legacy of imperialism, aggravated by Western economic meddling. On 3 April 2008, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission announced that the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change had won control of the parliament. This was confirmed when the results were released. Both the opposition and his party challenged the results in some constituencies. . Mugabe lost the 2008 election to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, getting 43% to his 47.9%
- He's a scumbag who rose to prominence due to being good at killing white people, and destroying the infrastructure of the country, and I think this set of youtube results nicely sums up what he knows about running a country. Sure, look up Rhodesia, and you'll see what drove Mugabe mad; a man who has become obsessed with the idea that white people stole the country and, working from this belief, has deduced they'd like it again.
- Nelson Mandela became a statesman by spending years in prison with nothing to do but educate himself. Mugabe, to this day, remains a thuggish rabble-rouser. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:06, 14 June 2008 (UTC)
It's drastic, but who cares, I'm tired of hearing about him and his rigging elections, it's obvious he's not going to give up power. I say kill him off and get peacekeepers in there. --TUFKAAP (talk) 02:04, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
- Absolutely not, imagine the repercussions this would have in the future for Zimbabwe. Not only would it give some reinforcement to what Mugabe is saying about the country being stolen by foreigners but it would give others like him room to come to power and start this whole thing all over again. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Diabl0658 (talk • contribs) 15:33, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
- While he's probably the main problem, I'm not sure if getting rid of him would do any good: Someone else from his ZANU-PF will probably take over and may be even worse (EG. Calling a state of emergency and never holding the election), especially if his immediate predecessor WAS foreignly assassinated. Also, a fair amount of people evidently still see something in him (And not just because they're getting his patronage). If he dies violently by another country's machinations (Which, as Diabl0658 mentions, he's constantly swearing about) these supporters of his will probably go berzerk and commit all manner of atrocities (Beyond the current intimidation, etc). I suspect that noone internationally is going to do anything untill after the returns are in. Untill then, most countries will probably give him/them/it the benefit of the doubt and see if he deserved it afterwards. 126.96.36.199 22:42, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm assuming he's referring to the upcoming runoff election, but... what about the legislature, which his party has already officially lost? Is he going to try and dissolve that, or...? 188.8.131.52 22:32, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
- The constitution of Zimbabwe has already been so mangled that the parliament has very little real power. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:03, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
- So, he'll just ignore them? I'm curious if he meant Tsvangirai or just any non ZANU-PF majority anywhere (Granted, are there any other elective positions outside of the country government? City hall?). 184.108.40.206 21:23, 16 June 2008 (UTC)
stfu. 220.127.116.11 16:01, 16 June 2008 (UTC)