The Chinese Are Sending Weapons to Mugabe to Help His Crackdown
|That is the word on the Zimbabwean blogosphere and also on Reuters. |
These weapons are ostensibly meant to help China's man in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, head off his electoral troubles and reassert his authority in the same brutal way that he has ruled with for years and that the Chinese favor themselves in their own country (see Tibet).
This isn't the first shipment of weapons from Beijing to Harare but the timing of it is ominous. The Chinese are quite satisfied with their relationship with Mugabe and tend to favor stability and status quo in their allies - no matter what the cost. So, to them, regime change would be most unwelcome.
I have asked "Is China Good for Africa?" [See part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, and part 7.] I think it is pretty clear that China is NOT good for Zimbabwe.
How long is the world going to put up with this crap? When we will stop kissing their ass and calling it ice cream? Not soon enough.
But hey, let's all enjoy the Olympics (with our mouths shut), right?