In a most unsurprising turn of events, Robert Mugabe won Zimbabwe's electoral runoff in a landslide fashion (85% of the ballots) against... Thin air... as his opposition's leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, had pulled out of the runoff and found refuge in a Dutch embassy under increased violence.
So as Mugabe grabs the helm with surprising zeal, considering his venerable age, we are left with the question: What is the West and the UN to do about this tyrant who's taken one of the most promising ex-colonies on the continent and run it straight into failed state status?
In a word, nothing. Some sage advice from Ugandan journalist, Charles Onyango-Obbo:
However, Zimbabwe’s situation is so hopeless that it is too late for even extreme measures to work. Mugabe is now so discredited that he must be praying for some form of military intervention. That would allow him to wrap himself in the national flag and fight on as the defender of Zimbabwe’s hard-won independence. Its effect would be to buy him more time. And it would undermine the moderates in the ruling Zanu-PF party, if indeed there are left, and be new glue to bind the hardliners together.
What Zimbabwe needs from the world now is for the world to do nothing. The situation in the country must be allowed to deteriorate further without giving Mugabe a change to blame an outside force for it.
That means Mugabe might not lose power immediately, but it ensures that when he does, Zanu-PF and the whole discredited apparatus that has kept the regime limping along will collapse with him.
Zimbabwe will have a better chance of getting its life back with Zanu-PF totally wiped out, rather than in a dispensation where its remnants have to be accommodated.
An impressive argument for a laissez faire approach to Zimbabwe. Quite contrary to this nonsense (h/t Peter):
The red emboldened text is my own emphasis the other is the original authors.
A solution for Zimbabwe's crisis isn't hard to come by: Someone – ideally the British – must remove Mr. Mugabe by force, install Mr. Tsvangirai as president, arm his supporters, prevent any rampages, and leave.
So simple, even a caveman can do it... Yes, nothing would spell stability like an Anglo force occupying a previous colony, giving the boot to a post colonial hero (however bad he is, he's not a white guy with a rifle and pre-supposed agenda) designing it's leadership and slamming it in place. They'll be greeted as liberators, the Shiites will through roses at their feet... Ah, sorry, different war. Where was I?