Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Zim Dispatches

From the ZimPundit:
There is growing anger in the country; I hear it on the street, at dinner parties and in business. Anger that the economic collapse is now threatening everyone. Anger that the authorities, despite the fact that they have been in power for 25 years seem not to even understand what is happening - let alone find solutions. Anger that food aid is still being managed so as to make the population subservient to the regime. Anger that the UN is such a hopeless organisation - unable even to find the courage to call a halt to the genocide we see every day.

I think the ZimPundit's account speaks for itself. I for one feel quite ill at ease in the world when the United Nations refuses to acknowledge Zimbabwean atrocities as the genocidal overtures that they so blatantly are. Is not the deliberate starving of a population, the forced displacement of millions of impoverished residents in "Operation Clean-Up," the torture and maiming of political opposition, the deliberate destruction of a country through greed, wanton violence, and rule of the machete worthy of United Nations intervention or at the very least, appropriate acknowledgement? Notice that the ZimPundit doesn't even seem to expect the United Nations to physically intervene in the Zimbabwean situation (as it should)- he merely asks for the courage to speak out against Zimbabwean atrocities, to criticize a former revolutionary leader who did fight against a racial supremacy system in Rhodesia but now has abandoned all sense of egalitarianism in favor of the iron fist and terror.

I continually am sickened by United Nations activities in Africa- the precedent set by the deliberate ignoring of the Rwandan genocide even as officers witnessed the nights of long knives and the rivers of blood and body parts in their field of sight. How can we have any confidence about this organization's ability or will to deliver the people of Zimbabwe to safety? I fear that American liberals refuse to criticize the United Nations in an attempt to counter themselves to so-called American conservative unilateralism. So what if conservatives don't like the United Nations either? You both have the right and responsibility to stand up to this bloated structure. I'll save my views on the relationship between the United Nations and HIV prevention/treatment attempts for another day...

On a lighter note, please make sure you visit Cape Town at least once in your lifetime. The beauty will make you believe in God even if you are an atheist; how did one city win the genetic lottery so heavily? How can mountains and two oceans co-exist like this? How can beauty be so rich, so striking? How can watching the sunset over both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans while drinking a sundowner and eating a plate of fresh kingclip feel so vivid? Why did God decide to create Cape Town and Detroit with the same paint brush? Why do some win and some lose?

From MSN's list of the top ten places to visit in 2006:
Often touted as "the most beautiful city in the world," Cape Town is at its best during our spring months—when fall is underway in South Africa. Flanked by spectacular natural scenery, this cosmopolitan city is still warm come autumn (around 70 degrees) so the beaches are still welcoming—while the frosty Atlantic Ocean along their shores is not (but then, it rarely ever is). Aside from delighting in near-perfect temperatures, refreshing sea breezes, and vistas of the famous Table Mountain blanketed in a layer of auburn leaves, this time of year is also harvest season in the Cape region which means plenty of opportunities to sample award-winning wines. One of the best times to do just that is early May, at the annual Waterfront Wine Festival, the largest wine event in town. Outside the city, several wine routes lead you through thriving vineyards and charming Dutch villages. Imagine sitting with a glass of wine in hand, gazing onto the sprawling vineyards that stretch towards the distant ocean…for some of us, nothing is more divine.


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