15 February 2011

WHO Lives in a House Like This?

Can you imagine the bloated ego and over-the-top taste to indulge in such exaggerated -even cartoonish- opulence?

A Saudi Prince, ya think? 

Russian oligarch? 

Chinese billionaire? 

Or was it Louis XIV of France...?

Any guesses yet?

Why, this bodacious crib belongs to none other than Soviet-trained economic incompetent, tin-pot dictator, and self-proclaimed "Hitler of all time"... Robert Mugabe

Just contrast that with most Zimbabweans living in grinding poverty while facing a 95% unemployment rate and hyperinflation that topped 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent (6.5 x 10108%!) ... fact is, the poor wretches he's ruled over for thirty years have never had it so bad:

Zimbabwe was not so very long ago considered the "bread basket of Africa"- but Mugabe's ill-advised and brutal confiscation of white farms put an end to that, as most properties were handed to privileged ZANU-PF cronies who are not interested in working the land... basically shutting-down the most vital and successful sector of the economy. Thus, even with millions starving in the streets of Harrare, Zimbabwe is a already today a net food importer.

And what did ole Bolshevik Bob have to start with? The former Rhodesia they handed to this racially-obsessed tyrant was an absolutely gorgeous country... an African jewel. 

Outnumbered 22:1, those in Rhodesia's white minority government knew by the mid 1970s that majority rule was inevitable, but their desire for a go-slow transition was simply not acceptable to the international community after the black parties refused to budge and steadily ratcheted-up the military pressure...

In 1980 Moscow-trained Marxist educator Robert Mugabe was allowed to take a dubious election... since then, he's had the drill down-pat for years.  In retrospect, we should have sold the Rhodesian Army a few dozen tanks and a couple B-52s that would have allowed them to set the schedule- as what's ensued has been a shameful and unnecessary waste... comprehensive national failure at a ghastly human cost. 

Can you imagine the horror of living in a country where -in a headlong rush to correct long-standing injustices overnight- almost unchecked power is forked-over to an anti-democratic communist who admires the Soviet Union... a narcissist and vengeful racist control-freak who's economically clueless...dangerous... and unqualified for the job...? 

For any who haven't noticed,  
Dear Leader likes to live pretty well, too...
and on your tab, of course.

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