Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, has gone from a model of change from white to black rule, to being one of the worst dictators on the planet, if we can believe what we read in the mainstream media.
Of course we can’t, especially when a person goes from being referred to as a “president who won a United Nations monitored election” to a “Strongman, who came to power” suddenly overnight?
Mugabe kept a promise he made when he was a guerrilla leader against the Ian Smith government in the 1970s. He forcible redistributed white-owned farms among blacks. To be blunter, he took land from rich white guys and gave them to poor blacks. Ever since that time he has been relentlessly attacked in the press for being “a ruthless dictator.”
That’s not to say he is without criticism. He has pursued what he regards as a deeply moral campaign against homosexuality making "unnatural sex acts" illegal with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. He is both a Marxist and a devout Christian.
Also, his return of land came only after his popularity dropped so low, he actually feared loosing an election in which his political party controls about 90% of Zimbabwe’s parliament.
All this was known before he redistributed land. Now he is being accused of causing drought and food shortages. That’s because in the West, our culture dictates that only rich people are smart enough to run things and poor people are supposed to be dependent on the rich ruling classes.
So a president becomes a dictator and the focus of human rights of mainstream journalism. That is to say, relentless attacks on non-capitalists and nationalists. Ignored human rights for important allies that support us.
According to the Washington Times, October 18, 2005,while at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Mugabe called both US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair "international terrorists" bent on world domination like Adolf Hitler. "Must we allow these men, the two unholy men of our millennium, who, in the same way as Hitler and Mussolini formed [an] unholy alliance, formed an alliance to attack an innocent country?" he asked rhetorically. "The voice of Mr. Bush and the voice of Mr. Blair can't decide who shall rule in Zimbabwe, who shall rule in Africa, who shall rule in Asia, who shall rule in Venezuela, who shall rule in Iran, who shall rule in Iraq," he said.