John Noonan at the Weekly Standard has a long, sad look at the vibrant nation Robert Mugabe inherited and how he ruined Zimbabwe in three decades in office. As Noonan notes, Mugabe’s reign wasn’t always all bad, and the nation still prospered in his first decade in office, but the poison of Maoism and racial resentment was there from the beginning, and grew worse over time, as “the jewel of Africa” fell to a place so ruined that life expectancy dropped nearly in half, unemployment reached 95% and the government was powerless to prevent an outbreak of cholera. One wonders how many of Mugabe’s left-wing champions, like Jimmy Carter, would rather live the life of a black Zimbabwean in 2010 than a black Rhodesian in 1980. (On the other hand, the fate of Zimbabwe gives one a renewed appreciation, by contrast, for Nelson Mandela; Mandela has his own checkered ideological history, and like many national heroes his eventual presidency was not without its stumbles, but he successfully set aside the bitterness of his long imprisonment, steered clear of most of Mugabe’s sins, and left when it was his time to go).
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From my vantage point, South Africa is on the same general trajectory as Zimbabwe. The Boers are being murdered on their farms, more than 3000 thus far. Contrast that with Zimbabwe where white farmers were merely driven off. Racial hatred is being fanned by black political groups, and my understanding is that the economy is in general decline due to socialistic policies.
Yeah, give South Africa another 20 years and it will be another hellhole. Africa always wins in the end.
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