I am irritated by the beliefs imposed on us by the West that Robert Mugabe is the one and only problem in the Zimbabwean quagmire.
We are told that Zimbabwe was prosperous until after 2001 when white farmers were forced to share huge tracks[sic] of land with poor, black Zimbabweans. The West wants us to believe that South Africa's quiet diplomacy is the other reason for all Zimbabwe's woes. It foolishly implies that the remedy is for Mugabe to resign and for South Africa to condemn it loudly. That does not make sense to me at all.
The West kept quiet when the people of Matabeleland were murdered. It is also not pushing for megaphone diplomacy in Swaziland where democracy is a foreign concept, poverty is rife and the country depends on donors.
The West never condemns the suffering of innocent people in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, but wants us to take it seriously on Zimbabwe.
If anyone has to account to The Hague for unprovoked wars, it is George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard.
But we are not fools and we know Mugabe is hated, not because Zimbabweans are starving and desperate, but because white farmers' comforts no longer exist.
The West wants to behave like judge, jury and hangman though it is the cause of all the trouble in Africa, thanks to colonialism.