April 1, 2008

The Appearance of a Strong Man

These are the first two pieces I've seen that suggest Mugabe may be negotiating to step down. Forgetting for the moment that by all accounts he should be facing tribunals, he does hold all the cards. I don't see how the opposition can "force" him out so if he accepts the election results, or is just too tired to thrust himself on the people once again-even for a deluded megalomaniac, what pleasure can there be in running a country that is so desperately at its wits end, finding a way for the strongman to step down while still saving face will be a big deal.

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