My earlier posts: Why weâ€™re not winning 1 deals with whatâ€™s going wrong in our war against terror, and covers my credentials for writing on the subject; Why weâ€™re not winning 2Â offers solutions; Why weâ€™re not winning 3Â links the war into Africa; Why weâ€™re not winning 4Â illustrates the underlyingÂ political attitude in Britain towards the military; and War against terror, Africa, Islam and Nigeriaâ€™s oil brings an update on how radical Islam is affecting both Africa and the worldâ€™s oil supplies; then I wrote about the impact of terrorism in Zimbabweâ€¦
My last post on the subject was just over a fortnight ago and I was speaking about inflation there exceeding 1,000%, perhaps even 2,000%.Â Well, the latest estimate is that Zimbabweâ€™s inflation has now reached 15,000% (in January 2007, $1 US would buy ZW$3,000; in June that same $1 US buys ZW$300,000).
Itâ€™s not until you consider what these statistics mean for ordinary people that you realize the enormity of whatâ€™s happening there.Â In April, a loaf of bread cost ZW$5,000 â€“ in June a loaf cost ZW$50,000.Â Peopleâ€™s savings have long gone, and wages cannot keep up; see the London Sunday Times report dated July 1, 2007. This report repeats the statistics I gave in my earlier post on the subject â€“ average life expectancy of 37 for males and 34 for females (compared with 67 years in the â€˜badâ€™ old days of minority rule), while adding a few more â€“ 80% unemployment, 4 million already dependant on food aid, and so on.Â All this in a once happy, stable country that was previously called the â€œbreadbasket of Africaâ€; Rhodesia exported vast quantities of surplus food to neighbouring African countries before it was renamed Zimbabwe under the Marxist rule of Mugabe and his North Korean trained thugs.
British and American â€˜intellectualâ€™ liberals, and especially the media who demanded sanctions against the so called Rhodesian regime, should accept a large share of the blame for the human and environmental disaster that is Zimbabwe â€“ a starving and dying population; decimated wildlife and environment heading towards desertification.
The world (and Africa) blames African problems on colonialism, but Zimbabwe was the last â€œcolonyâ€ to be granted independence under African majority rule, and that happened twenty-seven years ago!Â Yet during the â€˜minority ruleâ€™ days of Rhodesia, children of all races had first world standard rates of literacy and life expectancy.Â Most children completed at least primary schooling.Â In Zimbabwe today, teachers are unable to afford the bus fares to go to work, children are forced to scavenge for food on trash heaps, while their teachers have to sell sex to the (black) political elite because they canâ€™t afford to buy food for their families.Â Infancy mortality is a staggering 8.1%.Â It is estimated that 4 million Zimbabweans are refugees, mostly working in neighbouring countries and sending money home to try to keep their Zimbabwean relatives alive.
Now Zimbabweâ€™s leading cleric, Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube has called on Britain to invade Zimbabwe and topple Mugabeâ€™s regime!Â This courageous man has been a thorn in Mugabeâ€™s side for many years â€“ speaking up when no one else dares, he helped bring the attention of the world to Mugabeâ€™s massacre of tens of thousands of innocent people during an ethnic cleansing of Matabele way back in the 1980s.Â The world took little notice because our liberal media didnâ€™t want the new African leader whom theyâ€™d enthusiastically supported shown in a bad light.Â Better let thousands of black people die than admit that things were not all well in the shining new state of Zimbabwe.
But Ncubeâ€™s desperate cry for help will be ignored again â€“ the South African leadership (including past President Nelson Mandela) would never support action against one of their own.Â People should never forget that South Africa, like Zimbabwe is ruled by Marxists.Â This is what happens when terrorists win.
Peter Davies was a territorial soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975.Â Daviesâ€™ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his experience in the war, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.Â See http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com.