And the beat goes on
Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic hopeful Barack Obama finally agree on something. Both believe Zimbabwe Pres. Robert Mugabe should be removed from office.
This because a reign of terror he has waged against opponents inside his country.
Mugabe has been the only president of Zimbabwe since the African nation won independence from the UK nearly 30 years ago. At the time, he was viewed as a progressive leader. Today the octogenarian is a tyrant.
He is going ahead with a sham election. One in which his opponent has withdrawn because of violence directed at the opposition party.
It's good that McCain and Obama have put their differences aside for a common good. However, their calls ring hollow.
The international community, including the United Nations and influential regional leaders, like Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have also called for Mugabe to halt the elections and step down. But he is steadfastly refused.
No one, seemingly, believes this situation to be severe enough to send in armed troops. So Mugabe listens to the increasing clamor for his resignation and then discounts it.
And the people of his nation continue to suffer.
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