Continued Western threats against Zimbabwe
The victory of Robert Mugabe in the Zimbabwe elections has not brought an end to the virulent campaign aimed to bring his government down and replace him with a pro-colonialist regime in the form of the Movement for Democratic Change. The mass media and Australia's "election observers" have continued to use the most emotive language — thugs, murderers, rapists, the election was not free and fair — while threatening more savage sanctions together with attempts to isolate the country. Even those African states which are likely to support the Mugabe Government are threatened with sanctions. Using thinly veiled threats, The Australian (18/3/02) writes that the Presidents of South Africa and Nigeria "are flying to Harare to meet Mr Mugabe knowing their own standing with Western aid donors and investors would suffer if they stood by their early recognition of the Zimbabwe elections as a legitimate exercise in democracy". Another Australian correspondent speaks of "Mugabe's last remaining allies" ignoring the fact that the landless people of other African countries will be encouraged, by his re-election, to take back the land in their own countries that was ruthlessly seized by European colonialists and is held by them to this day. The press repeats the refrain that the "credibility" of the Commonwealth is "on the line", a viewpoint based on the arrogant assumption that unless the Commonwealth majority goes along with the demands of the white colonialist countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — the Commonwealth will break up. The time is coming when these countries will need the economic advantages and political connections that come with the Commonwealth more than do the former colonies that make up the majority of Commonwealth countries. Control The outlook of the colonialists is simple — if we cannot control the Commonwealth we do not want it! While Prime Minister John Howard is playing an enforced "diplomatic" role, others in the Liberal Party and the Labor Party leadership are letting fly with all the venom at their disposal. A united front has emerged between the extreme right-wing Liberal, Michael Kroeger and Labor leader Simon Crean. Both demand that Australia should apply sanctions against Zimbabwe unilaterally and irrespective of the decision of the Commonwealth committee appointed to decide the question. The Australian electoral observers have served their purpose in reporting all the alleged electoral irregularities. Such observers have become an important means by which to interfere in and put pressure on any government not to the liking of the colonialist powers. Will Australia send election observers to Saudi Arabia or to the USA, recalling that George Bush "stole" last year's Presidential elections from the candidate who won a majority vote — Al Gore? Needless to say nothing is ever said by Australian or international hypocrites about the lack of democracy in these and a number of other countries. Another "Labour" leader who has emerged as a front-runner in the campaign to force the African countries to submit to the dictates of the Western countries is New Zealand's Prime Minister, Helen Clark. She is reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (March 16-17) as predicting that African leaders would come under heavy diplomatic pressure. She hoped this would bring home to them "the gravity of the situation". Western leaders are desperate to impose on Zimbabwe a regime that is ready to carry out their instructions. Morgan Tsvangirai is their choice for Zimbabwe — similar to Savimbi (Angola), Mobutu (Congo) and Muzerowa who was for a short time, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. However, the massive resistance to the present Western offensive is an indication that the efforts of the imperialists to re impose colonialism and corporate globalisation will not succeed.