How Should Zimbabwe's Neighbors Engage in the Process To Resolve the Crisis?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 28, 2008
Mugabe at SADC Summit

Zimbabwe's political situation remains critical, as its leaders have taken tentative first steps toward forming a unity government. The political impasse has contributed to the nation's worsening humanitarian conditions. Earlier this week, Secretary Rice called upon more help from Zimbabwe's neighbors in helping to resolve the crisis.

How should Zimbabwe's neighbors engage in the process to resolve the crisis?



New Mexico, USA
November 28, 2008

Eric in New Mexico writes:

"How should Zimbabwe's neighbors engage in the process to resolve the crisis?"

They should proceed under the logical assumption that they will get exactly what they are willing to put up with.

This goes as well for Darfur, Somalia, DR Congo....

New York, USA
December 3, 2008

Ron in New York writes:

Dear Sec. Rice;

Please refer me to Zimbabwe desk officer to assist a targeted anti-Mugabe citizen. He is in USA, and fears for himself and family left behind.

Thank you.

DipNote Bloggers write:

@ Ron in New York -- please call 202-647-4000 and ask for the Zimbabwe Desk.

Florida, USA
December 1, 2008

Susan in Florida writes:

@ Dr. Okolo in Illinois -- You are so right. Learning the history, culture, and beliefs of any country is essential to our involvement. If you do not know the history of a country than you can't possibly understand the how and why of their present condition. The situations of today were built upon the choices of yesterday. One of our biggest problems in Iraq....not doing our homework! We did not understand the region or their culture. Let us have learned something from this ill-planned war. Dr. Okolo said it well -- "know" the country BEFORE trying to resolve their problems.

South Korea
December 4, 2008

Juan-Pablo in South Korea writes:

The humanitarian crisis and ineffectual government in Zimbabwe is horrific and unacceptable, yes, but entreating Zimbabwe's neighbors to assist the situation may add to the political volatility of the entire region and may exacerbate the decline in humanitarian conditions across the entire region because the neighboring countries are dealing with economic, health, and political instabilities of their own. Now, the cholera is moving down stream into South Africa's water system; their first priority will be to assist its citizens and provide for their well being.

Tennessee, USA
December 5, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

There is no realistic reason for anyone to starve or be poor on the continent given its natural resources.....the development of these resources is vital to the people and can only occur when they unite themselves as one Nation.

Any developing nation is like a child and can only be guided. Africa's largest problem is that it has been deliberately not developed collectively and misguided for centuries.

All the external patches to correct these problems will never work in a developmental manner unless they want them to..any aid is like giving money to an addict to solve their problem -- it will only go back into the addiction until the problem is realized.

If they cannot veiw themselves as a Nation, they will never be one.

Oregon, USA
December 5, 2008

CP in Oregon writes:

Dr. Okolo touches a proper point -- knowledge. Can we recall that the economies of southern Africa were becoming vibrant, healthy systems supporting a rising standard of living across the area. Then came independence nationalism and political mismanagement that put economic successes into jeopardy if not turmoil (Botswana excepted). Successful political management is not some given human trait but rather a difficult art attained by very few societies. Only if local societies discipline themselves to sound governance will there be any improvement.


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