Friday, 30 May 2008


Like a cheap imitation, Arsezanian version of Braveheart, the esteemed leader of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki has in a letter loudly proclaimed:

"Africa- this is my frikkin Africa!"

OK, OK, so he didnt really use those words, but it was damn close!

"According to a US official quoted by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, Mbeki slammed the US, "in a text packed with exclamation points", for taking sides against President Robert Mugabe and disrespecting the views of the Zimbabwean people."He said it was not our business," Gerson quotes the unnamed official as saying, and "to butt out, that Africa belongs to him".

Now, the more observant types amongst you may have noticed that he addressed this letter to the President of the United States of America. Yeah, to a little guy called George W Bush, more affectionately known as "The Most Powerful Man in the World". Not exactly Mbekis most inspiring move then, huh?

Especially when you bear in mind that President Bush has tripled U.S. assistance to Africa over the past four years to $3.2 billion. Then, in June 2005, the President also announced that the U.S. would spend an additional $674 million on African aid. (Compare that to Chinas harmful relationships with despots the continent over and their subsequent bankrolling of genocides in these countries).

And then of course, there is the fact that the US currently has 4,075 nuclear warheads at its disposal. Naturally, nothing compared to South Africas large nuclear arsenal consisting of exactly ZERO nukes. But better to be safe, right? So my advice to to the South African President is:


Damn, I sure love "quiet diplomacy".


1 comment:

Jen said...

I suppose if we (the US) are asked so politely to butt out of Africa's affairs then the right thing to do would be to comply.

The sad thing is Mr Mbeki is correct. Africa is his and Mr Mugabe's. But they dont deserve it.....the only thing they have done for this country that belongs to them is to destroy it and it's people.

I wonder if left alone to their own devices what will happen to this country? What would be left? How long will it survive?

Maybe we need to fire up the laser again.