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Posted: 12/13/2003 6:59:56 PM EDT
theregister.co.uk/content/6/34489.html

Mugabe rails against colonialist Internet

By Lester Haines
Posted: 12/12/2003 at 12:10 GMT


Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has stepped up his war against Western "white racist bullies" by accusing Britain of using the Internet to destroy his country.

Laughing Bob, addressing the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva, asserted that information technology is dominated "by a few countries in the selfish interests of those countries which are in quest of global dominance and hegemony", the Daily Telegraph reports.

He singled out Britain, the US and Canada as attempting to "challenge our sovereignty through hostile and malicious broadcasts calculated to foment instability and destroy the state through divisions".

Email and the Internet are pretty well the only lines of communication still open to Mugabe's opponents - among them the much-harrassed Movement for Democratic Change - and, despite controlling all broadcasting and press in Zimbabwe, the embattled and impoverished president simply doesn't have the resources to control the flow of electronic dissent.

It's natural, then, that Mugabe would finger IT as a tool of colonial bogeymen. In fact, the anti-white card is the only one he has left to play. Having reduced Zimbabwe to destitution, he now hopes to save his skin through rekindling the revolutionary fervour of his youth. Then, he was a hero for his struggle against the British. Now, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu puts it, he is "becoming a cartoon figure of the archetypal African dictator".

And, in the time-honoured fashion of cartoon African dictators, Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party have embarked on a terror campaign against their own people in which membership of any form of opposition often leads to a premature appointment with the undertaker.

What exactly turned a young socialist freedom fighter into a tyrant is unclear. What is certain is that not even Mugabe - his head filled with e-colonialism and black helicopters - can blame this strange and lamentable process on some Internet-manipulating Cecil Rhodesian conspiracy. He alone must shoulder responsibility for his own descent into autocracy.
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 7:14:24 PM EDT
WTF, he never heard of a firewall? [LOL]
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 7:30:01 PM EDT
Ah, good ol' UN. The tyrant's best friend.
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 9:02:31 PM EDT
What exactly turned a young socialist freedom fighter into a tyrant is unclear.
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Yah, as though socialists and tyrants were polar opposites...
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 9:09:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Skibane:
What exactly turned a young socialist freedom fighter into a tyrant is unclear.
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Yah, as though socialists and tyrants were polar opposites...
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That is an oxymoron!
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 9:48:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Skibane:
What exactly turned a young socialist freedom fighter into a tyrant is unclear.
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Yah, as though socialists and tyrants were polar opposites...
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It's pretty easy - socialists are just rabble rousing poor people. Tyrants are socialists + power.
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 11:00:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Airwolf: his head filled with e-colonialism and black helicopters
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Shouldn't that be "white helicopters"?
Link Posted: 12/13/2003 11:39:53 PM EDT
Mugabe is a racist thug that should be eliminated. [devil]
Link Posted: 12/14/2003 12:49:10 AM EDT
...with [u]extreme[/u] prejudice.
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