Our Pittsburgh correspondent…with sad news from Zimbabwe.
“Pity poor Zimbabwe….” writes Byron King, referring to a story in the Times of London :
According to the paper, “South African dockers are refusing to unload a Chinese cargo ship carrying 77 tonnes of small arms destined for Zimbabwe.”
“The arms, including three million rounds of ammunition suitable for AK47s and 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades, were ordered by the Zimbabwean military at the time of the March 29 election – which Britain and other Western powers have accused Robert Mugabe of trying to rig.
“The arms arrived at Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday aboard the Chinese-owned An Yue Jiang and must be taken by road to landlocked Zimbabwe, where the Government has been accused of arming rural militias before a possible run-off vote for the presidency. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has even accused Mr Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) of preparing for a ‘war’ against the people.”
“Poor Zimbabwe,” Byron continues. “So far from God. So near to Robert Mugabe.”
The Times continues: “January Masilela, the South African Defence Secretary, said yesterday that the shipment had been approved this week by the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC), which he chairs. ‘This is a normal transaction between two sovereign states and we don’t have to interfere,’ he said.
“But opposition parties slammed the decision to grant the transit permit and the country’s main transport union said that its members would refuse to unload the cargo.”
As if Marxian governance, brute thuggery, farm-sector collapse, massive inflation and economic calamity is not enough…
“Now their friends the Chinese are arming the militia with millions of rounds of AK-47 ammo,” says Byron.
“Mugabe won’t go without a fight. The only good news is that he’s 84 years old.
“Do you wish what I wish?”
The Daily Reckoning Australia