December 05, 2003


David Steven, blogging live from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, notes continued pro-Mugabe sentiment throughout Africa. A typical sample:

The gospel truth that led to the suspension of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth Association was because of the patriotic land reforms fearlessly carried out by Robert Mugabe, in which he confiscated lands formally seized by white immigrants and reallocated them to the rightful black owners.

This commendable bold steps taken by President Mugabe to free his people from serfdom and bondage, did not go down well with Britain, the so-called mother of all Commonwealth countries.

Britain, in conjunction with other white supremacist countries, ganged up against Zimbabwe and applied different kinds of pressures to force Mugabe to give back the reallocated land to the few white settlers. This however failed.

John Howard is leading efforts to keep the monster at bay:

Australia will pressure African nations to fall into line with international demands for Zimbabwe's dictatorial President Robert Mugabe to stand down, when 52 Commonwealth leaders meet in Nigeria today.

And Bobby doesn’t like it:

He singled out Howard, who sits along with the heads of Nigeria and South Africa, on a Commonwealth troika on Zimbabwe, as one of those with a vendetta against Zimbabwe.

"They tell me he's (Howard) one of those genetically-modified because of the criminal ancestry he derives from," Mugabe said, adding "criminals were banished to Australia and New Zealand by the British".

Genetically modified? Mugabe must be aiming for the Green vote.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 5, 2003 11:35 AM

I think Bob the Bastard has an extra chromosome.

Posted by: Habib at December 5, 2003 at 11:40 AM

Can someone tell me what we derive from being in the commonwealth? Isn't it just a means for basket cases like Zimbabwe to siphon off money from responsible democratic nations like Australia?

What do we get from it? What do we get from Africa? Aren't African countries sovreign states with the right to manage their own affairs? Can't we just cut them lose and offer South African and Zimbabwean whites political asylum in Australia?

Africa dosn't want them, we do, our small 20m population could absorb a few million middle-class whites easy. Good for us, good for our economy, bad for Africa but who gives a shit?

Tell you what, we'll trade Africa their whiteys for our muslims. Deal?

Posted by: Amos at December 5, 2003 at 11:57 AM

What do we get from it? We get the Commonwealth Games, that's what.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 5, 2003 at 12:06 PM

Bob Mugabe and Bob Brown. You know I think that this double Bob thing would look good on the greens senate ticket.

So when old staver Bob is fleeing the howling mobs in Zimbabwe sometime in the future he can apply for Asylum in Oz as he will be right at home amongst us criminals. In addition the Greens can snap him up as well. A match made in heaven.

Posted by: Rob at December 5, 2003 at 12:17 PM

In a few months they're going to be shaking collection-tins at me on street corners asking for money to help the starving people of Zimbabwe.

I guess I'll have to give something to help the victims of this entirely avoidable famine but I'll be grinding my teeth as I do.

Posted by: Pig head Sucker at December 5, 2003 at 12:58 PM

in which he confiscated lands formally seized by white immigrants and reallocated them to the rightful black owners.

Did he actually say formerly ?

Posted by: Peggy Sue at December 5, 2003 at 01:02 PM

"Mugabe must be aiming for the Green vote"

With Howard opposing him, he's sure to get it

Posted by: Matt at December 5, 2003 at 01:19 PM

So you got yourselves a GM-PM.

Posted by: LB at December 5, 2003 at 01:23 PM

He's free range as well.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 5, 2003 at 04:15 PM

Howard should count himself lucky just to be called a congenital criminal deviant. Tony Blair is referred to by Comrade Bob as a "gay gangster".

Posted by: Dave F at December 5, 2003 at 10:04 PM

Apparently the Canadians want to broker a compromise to bring the Zimbabweans back into the Commonwealth...

Posted by: David at December 6, 2003 at 05:04 AM

How badly does Canada want a compromise? In other words, have you inadvertently let the French into the commonwealth?

Posted by: Alene at December 6, 2003 at 06:18 AM

So where's Howard's coalition of the willing? Why aren't Aussie troops massing at Zimbabwe's borders as we speak? Why does one ruthless dictator demand invasion and another a quick slap with a CHOGM wet lettuce for the camera's back home? Couldn't have anything to do with being a lackey lapdog to Uncle Sam, could it?

Howard puffs up his chest and hangs tough for the media but he gets away with cherry picking his battles.

A good example is East TImor. Howard sat on his hands for two weeks while militias massacred the innocent in their hundreds, then sent in the troops to mop up, spinning that they were heroes, defending a nascent democracy against a brutal regime... yes, but that was AFTER the bloobath! Then he lied about how much the government knew about the slaughter when it was happening.

Then he goes and drapes himself in war mongering glory at a $10m memorial for Aussie dead in London. London. The Aussie killing fields are in France, John. 60,000 dead. Has the tool ever visited them? If he has it must have been on a forced detour to his precious mother country.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at December 6, 2003 at 10:05 AM

You stupid Motherfucker. You're so pissed off at Howard taking part in an invasion of one country that you're asking why he doesn't do the same with another?

At least Howard had the guts to actually do something about East Timor after his predecessors from both parties looked the other way and as for waiting two weeks well, we had to get that all important U.N resolution didn't we? Maybe if we actually had a stronger ADF we wouldn't have had to but God forbid spending anything on defence when there are so many quality Australian films to be made right?

War mongering glory? He's paying respects to thousands of men and women who died defending the rights of bitches like you to talk shit about subjects you have absolutely no concept of.

You should be fucking well ashamed of yourself you fucking arsehole.

Posted by: gaz at December 6, 2003 at 10:54 AM