Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Zuma: Zim crisis "exaggerated"

It is almost time to assume the position: put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.

This Zuma f**k is out to be a scary prospect,
worse than Mpeki who looks like a genius by comparison.

And of course, out comes the obligatory “racism” charges of anyone who criticises the ANC on their position on Zimbabwe – what did one expect?

Lest anyone have hopes that once Mpeki leaves office that Mad Bob would lose his close ally, LaZooma has now confirmed that Mad Bob is assured of a long stay as head of Zimbabwe.

Below is Zuma speaking about Zim just THREE days ago.

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ANC President comes o
ut in defence of 'quiet diplomacy' policy ANC President Jacob Zuma has come out in defence of President Thabo Mbeki's much criticised policy of "quiet diplomacy" towards Zimbabwe, describing the reaction to the crisis in that country as "exaggerated."

In an interview with Hamis Kaheru and Els De Temmerman of Uganda's Sunday Vision newspaper - conducted during his visit to that country - Zuma responded aggressively to a series of questions on the situation in Zimbabwe.

He defended the ANC's previous refusal to criticise Zanu-PF, and supported Mbeki's continuation as mediator. He also suggested that those who feared South Africa could go the same way as Zimbabwe were motivated by racism.
(of course, we are racists for condemning genocide..)

The Sunday Vision noted that "Zuma's utterances seem to contradict earlier statements where he raised the alarm over the deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe." (Mr ‘flip-flop’ - say what people want to hear depending on the audience)

Between 2000 and 2006 Zuma was part of an ANC collective which supported Zanu-PF through a series of stolen elections in Zim
babwe. After Polokwane the new ANC leadership seemed to shift to a more critical and outspoken stance on Zimbabwe. On May 16 this year ANC Today published an article by the NEC member, Pallo Jordan, in which he said that Zanu-PF should concede defeat: "Given the outcome of the recent elections [on March 29], Zanu-PF should surrender power to the party that has won."

However, more recently the new ANC seems to have tacked back towards a more accommodating stance towards Zanu-PF.

On Friday July 11 the ANC's NEC expressed "deep reservations" about the sanctions resolution due to go before the UN Security Council. This resolution would have placed an arms embargo on Zimbabwe, brought in a new mediator to assist President Mbeki, and frozen the assets of, and introduced a travel ban on, thirteen senior Zanu-PF members including Robert Mugabe.

According to a statement issued that day the NE
C "agreed that South Africa should vote against the adoption of the resolution." According to the published transcript of the Sunday Vision interview Zuma responded irritably when asked whether quiet diplomacy had worked: "What else has worked in Zimbabwe?" he asked his interviewers in return.

"If you single out quiet diplomacy, what else has worked? There is nothing that has worked. So it can't be fair to criticise silent diplomacy and not criticise everything else that has not worked." (Hey moron, how about cutting off Mad Bob that the world has been begging South Africa to do? Instead you f**king buffoons insist on persisting with the bullshit ‘quiet diplomacy’ as if the world is comprised of idiots)

Zuma explained that the South African government had "decided for good reasons why we should not criticise Zimbabwe in public." These included that Zimbabwe was a neighbour and "We knew that what is happening in Zimbabwe will impact on us."

"Our view", he continued, "was that instead of criticising, we engage the Zimbabweans, both sides, ZANU-PF and MDC. You could not, if you wanted to engage the Zimbabweans, stand there and criticise them like people who are far away and undermine the possibility of engaging them. If you are to engage them, you don't want to antagonise them." (we are waaaay past antagonising them fool)

Zuma stated that the ANC government had felt it had to negotiate with both sides. "The only reason we could not succeed at the time was that they had just started fighting and both sides had lots of energy. We even participated in mediating the drafting or amending of the constitution, which moved a long way. What was left was the signing." "There is not a single person in the world" Zuma added, "that can produce the report that I have given you.

Those who are criticising quiet diplomacy should know that nothing else has worked. Criticism didn't work. Sanctions didn't work either." (cutting off Mad Bob and his cronies millions will have an impact, tool)

In reply to a question of what can be done to solve the crisis Zuma replied, "It has been worse all the time. People exaggerate Zimbabwe. I am one person who looks at things as they are. We have had problems on the continent, but the world does not raise the alarm as it has done regarding Zimbabwe.

We had millions dying in Angola, Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, but no one said the sky must fall. No one!" Zuma went on to say that he agreed with Mugabe's complaints about Western hypocrisy.

"I met Mugabe a couple of times and he asked me questions I could not answer. He was critical of President George Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. He said: ‘These two are hypocrites. While criticising me, they are embracing the leader of Pakistan, a military man who staged a coup against his government.

He even wears a military uniform on TV. He is their friend, yet, he has no constitution. Those are double standards.' I didn't have an answer."

When his interviewers pointed out that two wrongs don't make a right
, Zuma responded: "Which wrongs? In Kenya thousands of people died, more than those who have died in Zimbabwe. They didn't say ‘Kibaki must go' as they have been saying in Zimbabwe. There has been an unfair way of criticising South Africa."

Zuma said that the previous elections had been discredited. "When people are being intimidated, you can't think that you could hold free and fair elections. It is impossible." However, he suggested to the Sunday Vision that since both the MDC and Zanu-PF had gained similar levels of support they had an equal claim to power.

"Because the margin between the two was not very big, we said the Zimbabwean people, almost in equal measure, have expressed their support to both. We feel there must be a political arrangement negotiated by both, to create a government of national unity which must help cool the tempers for two years or so, so that people then come back to elections to decide their fate.

At the moment, you cannot say any of the two can lead alone because the elections have been messed up." Zuma also refused to say who he felt should be the President of Zimbabwe. He told the Sunday Vision, that "That must be negotiated by Zimbabweans. You can't tell Zimbabweans who must be their president. Why should you decide on their behalf?

All you need to do, as the AU has done, is to encourage them to talk and find a solution. Tsvangirai had the most votes in the first round. That is now a thing of the past. We are not discussing that. From that time, the elections were discredited and that is no longer the issue. The issue is: what must the Zimbabweans do now?"

Zuma added, in reply to a further comment, "We should not try to be better than the Zimbabweans by telling them who should be the president. If they decide on a person we don't like, we have to accept it. I am sure if you look at the elections in America you have your own choice, but you can't tell the Americans who to choose. All we are saying is no violence, it must be free and fair, there must be a political arrangement to settle the situation in Zimbabwe. Simple."

When asked whether President Mbeki was the best person to mediate Zuma replied "That's what the AU said. How could I have a different view? A special UN envoy for Zimbabwe was appointed last week. That's fine. What the UN must do is to help Africans find an African solution. You can't have an African resolution and another from the UN. The UN resolution must come to support the African resolution."

On the question of whether the land issue could South Africa could go the same way as Zimbabwe Zuma replied intemperately: "That is a European view that thinks Zimbabwe is Africa, South Africa is Zimbabwe and Africa is Zimbabwe. Why should people think that South Africa could go the same way as Zimbabwe? Why? Because Mbeki is black, Mugabe is black, therefore they are the same?"

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I gave up putting my comments. His remarks towards the end was like he was talking to two-year olds, utter nonsensical bullshit.

This Zooma is as thick as two short planks and he is your next leader. Oh hail the wise one!

(Hat Tip: Denise)

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