Robert Mugabe, the stalinist thug who's single-handedly turning Zimbabwe from the breadbasket of Africa into a basket case, called George Bush and Tony Blair "the two unholy men of our millenium" at a UN conference yesterday. According to Reuters' Phillip Pullella:
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe yesterday railed against President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, calling them "international terrorists" bent on world domination like Adolf Hitler.
Mr. Mugabe departed from his text at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to accuse Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair of illegally invading Iraq and looking to unseat governments elsewhere.
"Must we allow these men, the two unholy men of our millennium, who, in the same way as Hitler and Mussolini formed [an] unholy alliance, formed an alliance to attack an innocent country?" he asked rhetorically.
"The voice of Mr. Bush and the voice of Mr. Blair can't decide who shall rule in Zimbabwe, who shall rule in Africa, who shall rule in Asia, who shall rule in Venezuela, who shall rule in Iran, who shall rule in Iraq," he said.
What's REALLY bothering Mugabe is that HE has been under criticism for his program of urban renewal that has driven a million Zimbabweans from their homes into the countryside and crippled the country's industrial and agricultural output.
Regime critics in Zimbabwe and abroad say Mr. Mugabe's land policies have turned what was the breadbasket of southern Africa into a country facing mass shortages at home.
Aid groups estimate 5 million of Zimbabwe's roughly 12 million people may need food aid this year.
Natch, Mugabe got applause from many of the delegates. It's a lot like a bad stand-up comic getting a cheap applause line by telling his audience, "My wife had a baby yesterday!": bashing America almost always gets a good reaction at the UN.
Sigh... In a more perfect world, thugs like Mugabe would be doing their schtick in prison rather than at the UN.
Tell me again why we're in the UN?