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“Let’s Kill the Baby”

In principle, I can’t support the use of military power where no important national interest is at stake. And it’s hard to see what interest we have in Zimbabwe. But the temptation to overthrow Robert Mugabe, one of the world’s cruelest tyrants, is strong. The current “election” campaign has been an opportunity for Mugabe to flaunt his despotism. This, though, is going a little too far:

A baby boy had both legs broken by supporters of President Robert Mugabe to punish his father for being an opposition councillor in Zimbabwe.

Blessing Mabhena, aged 11 months, was seized from a bed and flung down with force as his mother, Agnes, hid from the thugs, convinced that they were about to murder her.

She heard one of them say, “Let’s kill the baby”, before Blessing was hurled on to a bare concrete floor.

Zimbabwe is one of a number of African countries in which independence has been a disaster. There is no end in sight. I don’t know what the solution is, but if an international effort can be put together to depose Mugabe and try to restore Zimbabwe to the normal world, we should participate.

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