posted on Dec, 30 2007 @ 12:05 PM
Originally posted by AbsoluteLegend
This is mainly due to Mugabes' refusal to allow any International companies trade or mine for minerals in Zimbabwe, and also the lack of skilled
Zimbabwean workers to actually run the mines.
Could it be that neighbouring countries such as Zambia, South Africa and especially Botswana (whose own natural resources provide mountains of fiscal
gain due to foreign mining companies settling there) won't step in because they have too much to lose if Mugabe is taken out of power.
I actually think that there is some desire on the part of the African nations to see Mugabe succeed and bring economic stability back to Zimbabwe. I
also think that they are bound by there own trade agreements not to offer any aid to Zimbabwe or those tribal groups threatened by him. The west seem
to want Mugabe to fail.
I do not agree with the atrocities that have been committed against ethnic groups in Zimbabwe but there is also little objective information coming
out of the country. Economic instability is a rudimentary cause of uprising and Mugabe is no doubt struggling to even attempt at rebuilding the
economy. He has no means to do so until he can utilise the countries resources and he can't do that without social cohesion. It is a Catch 22.
When Zimbabwe fell into arrears on its funding from the World Bank, almost all of that funding was withdrawn. This was not Mugabe's choice, though
it is often reported that he will not accept help from 'whites', this is not the whole story. He is simply unwilling to give up the rights to
Zimbabwe's resources that would leave his country open to the renewed economic exploitation of the country.
Because the World Bank has withdrawn its funding, those people employed on these projects have lost their jobs. Many more professionals have
emigrated. The west continuously exacerbates Mugabe's problems and refuses to assist due to Mugabe's refusal to sign over the rights to his
countries mineral wealth. You can be sure that when Mugabe is eventually overthrown or assassinated that the west will have already negotiated a deal
with his successor and money will start to flow.
Zimbabwe's mineral and land resources mean that they have the means to support their population and participate in import/export. Without help they
can not exploit those resources.
Mugabe may be corrupt but he is no better or worse than many of the leaders that the west do support. He is only the enemy because he will not bow to
pressure from the west, the western brokers only care how many Zimbabwean citizens he slaughters in so much as they can use it in propaganda against
him and to gain popular support for ever harsher trading restrictions that further exacerbate the social unrest.
In Zimbabwe I see a situation that could be greatly improved by open-handed offers of assistance but those with the power to help are only interested
on their terms. Compromise require mediation that is so far not forth-coming, I was disppointed by the Archbishop of york, John Sentamu stance
against Zimbabwe. Rather than cutting his collar in protest it would have been more helpful for the Anglican Church to take a more diplomatic stance,
restoring relations between Britain and Zimbabwe.
BTW welcome to ATS. Good thread