Mugabe - Anglophile
Just watched Simpson's BBC report on the Zimbabwe situation. He interviewed Tsvangirai at a house in Harare at the time Mugabe was being sworn in. He did look relaxed, considering the slaughter and intimidation. The parliamentary observers from Africa made it quite clear the election was a sham.
Kenya's PM (himself a victim of political intimidation, and now working in a compromise national unity government) has said:
"We want the African Union to send troops to Zimbabwe. The time has come for the African continent to stand firm in unity to end dictatorship,"
There's a long way to go before that happens. I think the AU force in Darfur proves that even when there are "troops on the ground" they are under-resourced, under-staffed and on a limited mandate. Indeed the Darfur troops are there because the Sudanese regime let them in. I can't see Mugabe ever doing that. Unlike the Congo (that Mugabe help invade) there is nothing much left in Zimbabwe to loot.
I had a weird feeling the other night - while I was watching a bit of the tennis at Wimbeldon on TV - and I was aware that this is what Mugabe was watching. He's sitting there, his nation a mess - and he's watching this very English game on his TV. He's the patron of the Cricket Association as I understand it. Everyone in Zim speaks English. Their parliament is in the old building and looks just as it always has under white rule (only there are no whites there now). He is such a hypocrite. All the British-bashing is a put on. The real foreigners interferring in Zimbabwe are China and South Africa - at Mugabe's behest.