Skip to comments.Christiane Amanpour: Happy birthday, President Mugabe!
Posted on 02/21/2013 7:59:29 PM PST by chessplayer
Im trying to imagine Amanpour giving an equally non-judgmental and upbeat birthday tribute to, say, John Boehner. Amanpour tweeted birthday wishes for the 89-year-old Zimbabwe leader along with this online video, which is one dash news report but mostly sounds like a toast at someones 33 Years of Brutal Power-Mongering Party.
Amanpours intro encompasses the tone pretty well:
Imagine a world leader four years older than the Pope whos been in power for 33 years and shows no sign of calling it quits, Amanpour said. Zimbabwes president, Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards with a cake and a gift of 89 cows, were told. But a lavish birthday party is planned for next month, complete with a soccer match and an all-night concert, at an estimated cost of $600,000, which is a hefty price tag for a country whose finance minister said just last month that it had only $217 left in the national bank. A $30 million infusion followed.
She does not mention that Mugabe has stayed in power for 33 years through campaigns of state-sanctioned violence against political adversaries. Hes also used starvation as a GOTV effort by restricting government food supplies to his supporters during the famine he created by confiscating farms and letting them go to waste.
I wonder what kind of gift she sent him.
One billion Zimbabwe dollars. And a bust of Idi Amin.
Was it offered in a throaty Monroesque fashion??
The guy who turned the most prosperous country in Africa into a basket case and saw to it that many of his opponents disappeared.
A man Mao Tse Dung might admire. A man Stalin would have praised. A man who is evil incarnate.
Just what the American left loves.
You reminded me of the photo of the cops holding up a large pair of very dirty shorts for a (disgusted) bloodhound!