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UN And Pope Bless Brutal Dictator As Five Million Starve

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While the United Nations welcomed Robert Mugabe, Zimbawean dictator, and as Pope Benedict XVI blessed him, five million of his own people in Zimbawe were starving to death. Commentary by George Pascoe-Watson of the British newspaper, The Sun provides the savage details:

He has crippled the country’s economy and shunned food aid from the rest of the world.

Jobless and hopeless, his people are just waiting to die. In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, the death rate outstrips the birth rate by 4,000 a week.

Inflation is beyond anything previously imaginable.

Zimbabwe has printed a new $1billion bank note as inflation hits 1.7million per cent. A loaf of bread costs Z$200million (70 cents, a small fortune in the impoverished country), just one banana is Z$100million (30 cents) and a 13-amp plug is Z$1.3billion ($3.50)

Yet disgraceful UN chiefs waived international rules and allowed him to strut on to the world stage. Some UN worthies even applauded after his disgusting charade of a speech yesterday, on world poverty.

Mugabe is allowed to flout an EU travel ban because he is on UN business.

This makes a mockery of international efforts to make him a pariah. And it sadly weakens the United Nations.

Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said last night: “It is an appalling irony that the man who has starved Zimbabwe has been welcomed to Rome for a global food summit, despite the fact he is subject to a European travel ban and is in the process of blatantly rigging Zimbabwe’s elections.”

Mugabe even received the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI, who welcomed the delegates to the summit. The world watched in horror as Mugabe included himself among “global leaders”.

He peddled myth after myth as he claimed Britain had cut off food supplies to his country and wrecked its economy.

Yet he has shunned global food aid, insisting his people would “choke” if any more was delivered.

Yesterday he boasted food supply was his government’s top aim. Not once did he acknowledge that FIVE MILLION of his people are facing famine.

Mugabe has spent the past five years destroying his country’s farms. He kicked 90 per cent of the farmers off their own land because they were white – and handed their fields to loyal supporters who knew nothing about agriculture.

It is no wonder that more than one in three Zimbabweans are reliant on the few food handouts allowed in from abroad. The country needs 1.8million tons of maize a year to feed its people and livestock – but independent agencies estimate a shortfall of 900,000 tons.

Mugabe’s destruction of his country is sick as it was once known as the “bread basket of Africa”. It was so bountiful it used to export more food than it imported. Yet during this year’s election farce, he pledged no one would starve.

Last week he flew to the Far East for tests for prostate cancer, having ruined his country’s health service.

The thought of him now swanning around a £750-a-night Rome hotel as his people die will sicken us all.

More proof of Mugabe’s heinous crimes: Robert Mugabe’s Militia Burn Opponent’s Wife Alive – after cutting off her hands and feet.

The men who pulled up in three white pickup trucks were looking for Patson Chipiro, head of the Zimbabwean opposition party in Mhondoro district. His wife, Dadirai, told them he was in Harare but would be back later in the day, and the men departed.

An hour later they were back. They grabbed Mrs Chipiro and chopped off one of her hands and both her feet. Then they threw her into her hut, locked the door and threw a petrol bomb through the window.

The killing last Friday – one of the most grotesque atrocities committed by Robert Mugabe’s regime since independence in 1980 – was carried out on a wave of worsening brutality before the run-off presidential elections in just over two weeks. It echoed the activities of Foday Sankoh, the rebel leader in the Sierra Leone civil war that ended in 2002, whose trade-mark was to chop off hands and feet.

Mrs Chipiro, 45, a former pre-school teacher, was the second wife of a junior official of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) burnt alive last Friday by Zanu (PF) militiamen. Pamela Pasvani, the 21-year-old pregnant wife of a local councillor in Harare, did not suffer mutilation but died later of her burns; his six-year-old son perished in the flames.

And President Bush is the Liberal Left-wing’s Murderer of Thousands?

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Written by smalltalkwitht

June 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm

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