Sunday, 29 June 2008

More Unintended Consequences

This article in the Edmonton Journal brought to mind my category of Unintended consequences.

Mr Mew was, I am sure, quite sincere in his desire to see equality for blacks in Rhodesia, as no doubt were all the nations and individuals calling for and enforcing sanctions against the white government of the time. Rhodesia was a prosperous and thriving nation then, the bread basket of Southern Africa.

Now they have Robert Mugabe.

The early years of Mugabe's rule saw killings targeting the Ndebele tribe in the Matabeleland and Midlands areas of Zimbabwe. Since 1998 Mugabe's policies have increasingly elicited domestic and international denunciation. His government pursued a costly intervention in the Second Congo War, expropriated thousands of white-owned farms, printed hundreds of trillions of Zimbabwean dollars triggering hyperinflation, and has been accused of harassing and intimidating political opponents, particularly members of the Movement for Democratic Change. Zimbabwe's economy spiraled downward, with food and oil shortages, and with massive internal displacement and emigration. During this period Mugabe's policies have been denounced in the West and at home as racist against Zimbabwe's white minority (emphasis mine, JK)

Also of interest from the article comes this quote,
Even the World Council of Churches seemed to have lost its sanity when it donated $250,000 to the guerrillas...

Sometimes we just need to mind our own business and not think we can solve every problem in the world. What is our business? As Christians it is to...
...go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything [Jesus has] commanded [us].

Enough said.

Take Care

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