We can't sit back and let history repeat itself. The reason people continually remind their families about the Holocaust is to ensure that no one ever forgets the magnitude of evil that can exist if the world sits back and does nothing.
The UN was set up to protect nations and to bear teeth at leaders who think they can do as they please.
It is a sad state of affairs when one man can spew such fear, anarchy and violence in a country that was once known as the bread basket of Africa. It is even more frightening when a legitimate new government cannot take up its rightful place for fear of the lives they may lose.
The MDC in Zimbabwe is crying out for help, but they represent millions more who need and rely on not just SADC, but the entire international community under the guise of the UN, to not sit back but to assist with equal force to denounce the violence and to protect the people.
If ever there was a more important time for Thabo Mbeki to try and rectify his obstruction in mediation efforts, for SADC to prove it has teeth, for the AU to show transparency in its objectives or for the UN to uphold peace, it is now.
Many MDC supporters were killed or critically injured because they want a new government. What example are we setting for future generations? Do we intervene and create history or do we sit back and let history draw its own fatal picture?
Darren Bergman, Joburg