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Robert Mugabe closes in on last white farmers
The Times ^ | 1/31/2010 | Jon Swain in Harare

Posted on 01/30/2010 9:25:19 PM PST by bruinbirdman

One by one the last white farmers are being beaten into submission. Four more had their farms seized by marauding gangs last week.

“They do not want us whites,” one farmer said.

Finaughty, 43, will never forget how his world came crashing down. One moment at his Manda farm there was stillness. Then came a burst of noise and confusion. A screaming, drunken mob hammered at the gates.


Armed mobs encouraged by Robert Mugabe and his cronies forced Ray Finaughty and
his family off their land

It was the climax of a two-year eviction campaign against him. He had fought step by step in the courts. Their judgments in his favour were all ignored. With no respect for the rule of law in Zimbabwe, he finally lost the battle.

Armed with spears and sticks, a mob threatened him and his wife, Loraine, by driving a tractor against the gate of their home. “We’re going to kill you,” they said. The family were given 10 minutes to pack their life’s belongings.

It was not the first attack that Finaughty had weathered. In one savage beating his attackers suggested breaking his legs as he lay injured in a field. “Leave him. He’s dead,” he heard one of them say.

Finaughty crawled away and saved himself. He had four broken ribs and concussion.

Another time, acting in self-defence, he had to shoot dead an armed robber who broke into his farmhouse. The police were sympathetic and took no action. But they treated the seizure of his farm differently.

“This is political. It’s a hot potato. We can’t get involved,” said Vengisai, the chief inspector, when Finaughty contacted his office.

So the Finaughty family drove away from the farm they loved. Soon, they believe, much of the

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; dictators; whites; zimbabwe
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1 posted on 01/30/2010 9:25:19 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

It is hard to feel sorry for this guy... most whiteys in Zimbabwe saw the writing on the wall and packed up long ago. It just isn’t worth it when dealing with a country run by thugs.


2 posted on 01/30/2010 9:28:33 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: bruinbirdman

So, the people of Zimbabwe will starve.

Stupid is as stupid does.


3 posted on 01/30/2010 9:29:40 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: pnh102

I feel for him even though the writing was on the wall. People love their homes and what they’ve worked for. Some would rather die defending it than leave. Makes me think because some day that could be me.


4 posted on 01/30/2010 9:31:46 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: pnh102

I feel sorry for him, but he’s crazy to stay. Liquidate as much of his property as possible and get out.


5 posted on 01/30/2010 9:33:53 PM PST by dr_who
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To: pnh102

It’s the same thing that happened in Haiti in 1808. Kick out/kill the Whites, burn the barn, destroy the equipment, and then what? Sit and sit some more. It’s Africa, that’s the way it is.


6 posted on 01/30/2010 9:34:45 PM PST by paristwelve (Feeling sorry for things is just an excuse for not celebrating your own happiness.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Return Zimbabwe to the jungle the people deserve. Let them compete with the monkeys for the bananas and coconuts!


7 posted on 01/30/2010 9:34:56 PM PST by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: pnh102

Huh?? What the hell are yout talking about pal!??! It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who is having their lifes work stolen right out from under them by a totalitarian government?

LOL !!


8 posted on 01/30/2010 9:35:47 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: bruinbirdman

When is Hollywood going to start wearing ribbons for all the whites who have been victimized in Zimbabwe?


9 posted on 01/30/2010 9:37:17 PM PST by Minipax
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To: paristwelve

South Africa will be next.


10 posted on 01/30/2010 9:38:46 PM PST by Minipax
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To: pnh102

Take a look at your grand children’s future.

I wonder if you’ll feel sorry for them?


11 posted on 01/30/2010 9:40:36 PM PST by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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Rhodesia used to be the bread basket of sub-Saharan Africa, feeding the whole continent with its exports. As Zimbabwe, the country has plummeted to nothing more than a cesspool, with starvation and disease commonplace.

The white, European producers have been murdered or chased out, their lands confiscated and “redistributed”, and now the whole country suffers.

A monumental travesty, exceeded only by the western world’s blind eye to this ongoing horror. Not PC, you understand. Good thing we got rid of those white Africans...


12 posted on 01/30/2010 9:42:21 PM PST by Tigerized (Proud Dad of a US Marine)
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“It is hard to feel sorry for this guy... “

Really? You find it hard to feel sorry for someone who is illegally kicked out of their home, a place they have lived for generations?

I find it easy to feel sorry for him, his wife, their kids, and the nation that will find it even harder to survive. The only people I don’t feel sorry for are the gangsters running that county in to the ground and the international community that supports them.


13 posted on 01/30/2010 9:44:29 PM PST by davidwendell
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It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who is having their lifes work stolen right out from under them by a totalitarian government?

I'm certainly not saying that what Mugabe is doing is right, but Mugabe has been engaging in an anti-whitey pogrom for many years now. I don't understand how anyone can think that they can "work with" someone who wants them dead. If you're not going to violently fight these thugs, what else can you do (if you want to live)?

14 posted on 01/30/2010 9:44:32 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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Your tag line nails it.


15 posted on 01/30/2010 9:45:52 PM PST by Bernard Marx (I don’t trust the reasoning of anyone who writes then when they mean than.)
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To: pnh102

BUMP what you said.
I can’t work up any sympathy at this point.


16 posted on 01/30/2010 9:47:56 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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You find it hard to feel sorry for someone who is illegally kicked out of their home, a place they have lived for generations?

If you read the article, you'll see that he tried to "work with" the regime that wants him and his family dead. He also takes a rather interesting view on whiteys who live in Africa (he believes they are "guests").

17 posted on 01/30/2010 9:50:08 PM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Onerom99

Really. I agree. I guess instead of working it as long as possible in hope of changing times some folks think they should just tuck-tail and run away post-haste. It’s not easy for penniless white middle-aged Africans to start over somewhere else.


18 posted on 01/30/2010 9:50:11 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."---Leo Tolstoy)
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To: pnh102

Agree. The deck is stacked against White farmers. They need to leave the country if possible.


19 posted on 01/30/2010 9:50:28 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: pnh102

Many of the farmers were 4th and 5th generation farmers. Where do they go? At least they tried to keep things going. I, for one, am not gonna split my sides laughing about them. The pleasure to laugh at the victims of Robert Mugabe will have to fall to another.


20 posted on 01/30/2010 9:50:31 PM PST by healy61
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