Friday, March 16, 2007

Zimbabwe and other musings..

I never had the guts to speak out on Zimbabwe. Maybe this is my own kind of 'quiet diplomacy', which is so typical of us South Africans, of course. To be honest, maybe part of the reason for my silence is simply because on the one hand I support the redistribution of land( I would do it differently-being proudly south-African). I am also opposed to the new hegemony -empire ( read: colonialism) of global institutions like the International Monitary Fund (IMF) imposing their kinds of democracy, economic logic and culture all over the world. I therefore want to also assert the notion of national sovereignty- within a postcolonial context. Coloniality is (still) part of the messy equation here and the role of the 'old' colonial empire (Britian) is ambigious for me in terms of the past and the legacy and the questions of restitution-hence the present crisis. The media's demonising of Robert Mugabe doesn't help getting us out of this quagmire- it rather push Zanu-PF in a place to safe face and to keep the power - at all costs ( because, they would argue, we are after all (still) fighting the empire). It seems to me that some kind of strategy has to be negotiated, where Zim don't loose the gains of the liberation and the transformation and where Zim don't (desperately and like SA) totally succumb to the logic of the new empire. This strategy would have to include: The succession debate, with a Zim flavour, the human right abuses of the present government, but also of the empire, has to be dealt with within a progressive and legal framework in order to facilitate healing and peace (shalom) (not the absence of war, but the presence of justice-ala Martin LutherKing Jnr). I agree: let us resist and prevent human rights abuses and stateviolence against peaceful protesters, let us support our neigbours, but more so, we need to expose and exorcise the real principalities and powers, evil lurking and hiding, yet manifesting in various guises....

Musings.....