March 11, 2008
Mugabe Admits to Hunger Crisis, Blames the White Man
Posted by Dave Blount at March 11, 2008 10:02 AM
Leftist dictator Robert Mugabe has finally admitted that Zimbabwe — which features 100,000% inflation and fittingly chairs the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Commission — has a starvation problem. However, he didn't go so far as to admit that the crisis was created when he seized land from Caucasians who knew how to use it, and passed it out to blacks who didn't. As always, it is the white man who is somehow "racist" and to blame.
According to the World Food Program, 45% of Zimbabweans suffer chronic malnourishment due to "poor agricultural policies and a declining economy." Food production has fallen by 70%. Millions have escaped the country.
Ed Morrissey comments on the erstwhile Breadbasket of Africa:
[W]hen the Brits left the former Rhodesia, the farms actually produced enough food to feed Zimbabwe and a few other African nations as well. Zimbabwe was a net exporter of agriculture until Mugabe decided to seize the land and redistribute it[… N]ow the Zimbabweans starve on some of the best land in Africa.
This again proves something Westerners will do well to remember: almost all famine is political. Even weather-created crises usually pass quickly in systems based on stable and free-market economics. When oppressive regimes start making five-year plans and seizing land from proven producers, one can predict with deadly accuracy the starvation that will follow. In that sense, Mugabe differs little from Mao and Stalin.
But the good news is that, unless you believe Mugabe, Whitey isn't causing oppression anymore. He's just shoveling aid money down a bottomless pit of misery.