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Ultimate Perversity(7 posts)

Ultimate PerversityJon Billheimer
Apr 9, 2003 8:13 AM
While my morning paper is full of stories of carnage and civilian suffering in Baghdad, with hospitals overflowing with casualties and medical supplies virtually exhausted, there was an item that Iraq has refused a shipment of medical and relief supplies from Jordan. An alleged Iraqi statement was made to the effect that Iraq wants no help from its Arab neighbours, the better to create a propaganda coup in the Arab world while it publicizes its own internal suffering at the hands of the infidels.

The mindset of the Baath Party has to be right in there with Stalin, the Khmer Rouge, and Robert Mugabe. Unbelievable! I can understand its hatred for the Americans, but I sure can't understand its hatred for its own people.
With dictators, it's never about the people, only the greed (nm)KeeponTrekkin
Apr 9, 2003 9:12 AM
Give me a history lesson pleasePaulCL
Apr 9, 2003 10:16 AM
I know of Stalin, Khmer Rouge...but who is Robert Mugabe? Sounds like an African dictator that I haven't heard of. Excuse my ignorance on this one....

And yes, I agree, the ultimate perversity. But it is only a temporary situation.
Unfortunately, Mugabe is not history,TJeanloz
Apr 9, 2003 11:09 AM
Mugabe is the president of Zimbabwe, usually referred to as a "strongman", and he is one of the nastier leaders out there. In fact, I nominate him for the Saddam Hussein Prize as the worst dictator currently in power. He has pursued policies, economically and socially, that have devestated 'his' country. There is a relatively amusing satirical website about him here: http://mugabe.netfirms.com/index.htm

and an Economist article outlining the current status of his regime here:

http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1682821

Mugabe has been elected a few times, once with more than 100% turnout...
Unfortunately, Mugabe is not history,Jon Billheimer
Apr 9, 2003 1:02 PM
If getting rid of bad guys was the true motivator of U.S. foreign policy Zimbabwe would be the next stop for the 101st Airborne!
No doubt it's not "the"; but I think it is "a" motivator (nm)TJeanloz
Apr 9, 2003 1:15 PM
I agree to a point.Jon Billheimer
Apr 9, 2003 1:23 PM
Saddam being such an evil despot provides moral legitimacy for an action which, however, is strategic. Take note that Zimbabwe is not in the middle of an oil rich region nor does it stand in the way of U.S. interests. This is why Bush's rhetoric personally annoys me so.