On Mugabe and Brown.
In an extraordinary display of effrontery, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has declared he will not attend a summit of European and African leaders if Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is there. Announcing his decision in the Independent newspaper, Brown writes –
“The facts are stark: four million people [in Zimbabwe] have fled the country; 80% of the population are unemployed; four million will be on food aid by the end of the year; and average life expectancy has fallen to just 37.”
But the fact of the matter is that Gordon Brown is in no position to lecture anyone about “appalling and tragic situations“. He lost the right to take the moral high ground with the likes of Mugabe with his complicity over the mess in Iraq. To quote bomber Brown, the ‘facts are stark’ –
“According to U.N. statistics, about 1.5 million Iraqi refugees are in Syria, 750,000 in Jordan, 150,000 in Egypt, 50,000 in Iran and 20,000 in Turkey.”
“Nearly 5.6 million Iraqis are living below the poverty line… At least 40 percent of this number is living in absolute and desperate deteriorated conditions,” said Sinan Youssef, a senior official in the strategy department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, adding that this level of poverty is a 35 percent increase over the level before 2003.”
“… 5 million Iraqis depend on the monthly food ration programme but only 60 percent of this number is able to avail of it, leaving two million people in dire poverty.”
“Due to the years of war and violence in Iraq, it is one of the few non-African countries to have a drop in life expectancy. Iraqi life expectancy in 1990 for males and females from birth was 66.5, now the Population Reference Bureau reports that life expectancy for both sexes in Iraq has dropped to a mere 59 and for males alone the life expectancy from birth is 57.”
Personally, I cannot decide which is worse. The man who abuses his own children, or the man who abuses anothers children. Gordon Brown would do well to get to know Robert Mugabe, they have much in common. They have both committed terrible crimes, and have so far got away with it.