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While all eyes have been on Iraq, the country once hailed as an African success story has turned into a despotic basket case with frightening speed.
And while the spotlight has been thrown on Saddam (and billions spent to overthrow him), the world has turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by Mugabe, who many see as an even more brutal dictator.
Zimbabwe is a country where anyone who criticises the government immediately puts themselves at very serious risk.
Robert Mugabe is following a policy of systematic repression of all opposition to his government through arbitrary arrests, torture, executions and by ending freedom of speech.