|Quoting MainMAN (Reply 1):|
He'll probably have to die first, which will either kick off free and fair elections (a first) or a civil war.
I think Mugabe has either kept power for so long because people fear him, he has extremely loyal followers who are feared or he as arranged his government in such a way that key persons in power are suspicious of each other's intentions. I have the distinct feeling that it's a little of the second and a lot of the third point. In that case, when Mugabe dies there will be in-fighting and civil war for power that will plunge the country into unspeakable darkness well beyond the day to day suffering experienced today.
|Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 5):|
Either us or Great Britain needs to get off their ass and take this guy out. Like MainMan says, the world would hardly blink. Hell, whoever took his ass out would probably be praised around the world!
Have you learned nothing from the American debacle in Iraq. One lesson from that terrible mistake is that government, good or bad is still government. Even though Mugabe is a horrid president and his government is full of a bunch of greedy, power-hungry thugs, there is social order and relative peace in the country. Take Mugabe out and you will have civil war and bloodshed in the tens of thousands. Democracy, prosperity and lasting peace will only come when there is a grass roots movement to achieve it by the people of the country. No number of envoys, G8
sanctions, and political maneuvering will ever create successful democracy without the support of the people... only when the people of the nation of interest are ready, willing and able to take it on can democracy flourish.
The road to democracy, despite my own personal levels of impatience, is a very slow and arduous one.
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