Saturday, July 12, 2008

Zimbabwe says sanctions failure a victory over racism

I just read this in Reuters
Zimbabwe on Saturday welcomed the failure of a Western-backed U.N. Security Council resolution to impose sanctions over its violent presidential elections, calling it a victory over racism and meddling in its affairs.
"We are very happy with the turn of events and would like to thank those who helped defeat international racism disguised as multilateral action at the U.N.," Zimbabwean Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu told Reuters.

Yeah, that's the problem. It's racism. A once-promising democracy devolving into a brutal dictatorship has absolutely nothing to do with it. Freaking amazing.

"It is our considered view that imposing sanctions would indeed have impacted negatively on the current dialogue process among Zimbabwean political parties," it said in a [South African] statement.

Dialogue? You mean the one that involves members of the ruling party torturing and killing the members of the other party?

"An adoption of such a document by the U.N. Security Council would have created a dangerous precedent, opening the way for interference by the Security Council in internal affairs in connection with certain political events including elections, which is a gross violation of the U.N. Charter," [the Russian Foreign Ministry] said.

I can understand that. It essentially means that if nations have an external conflict, the UN is there as an avenue to address it. On the flip side, if it's an internal conflict, then whatever the magnitude of the problem, the UN will turn a blind eye.


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