Zimbabwean despot Robert
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The Herald, Zimbabwe
Why America Sent a
Black Man to Do a White Man's Job ...
As the despotic regime of Robert
Mugabe slowly unravels, the content in its rigidly-controlled state media quite
accurately reflects the mania of that unfortunate nation's chief executive. In
one of the most outrageous op-eds this editor has ever read from any country,
Nathaniel Manheru writes for The Herald of Zimbabwe about Americas' new
ambassador to that nation. Manheru begins by describing a quip he claims is
going around Zimbabwe about James McGee, America's Ambassador to that country:
"When it comes to interests
and purpose, he [McGee] is decidedly White. …White America is now so confident
of the Whiteness of its Blacks that color is no longer an issue. Color is no
longer a perspective. Look at Obama - he could be White America's next
President, and be far better at pushing her agenda than George W. Bush!"
In explaining that he disagreed
with this 'quip,' Manheru tells us what he told the person who uttered it:
"I reminded this person that
Obama was only of use for knocking Clinton out of the race, since she is the
real threat to John McCain, but certainly not as a potential President of White
America. McGee will deliver Zimbabwe to McCain, the same way Obama will clear
the way for McCain's presidency."
Manheru also explains how America
is able to find people of color willing to represent it abroad:
arises not from the largeness of its heart, but from the sheer expansiveness of
its global imperial designs. It is a weapon of war, which is why America's
citizens of dark color eagerly await overseas aggression to find their place
and glory, albeit for a short while."
By Nathaniel Manheru
May 17, 2008
The Herald - Original Article (English)
When James McGee
took up his post in Zimbabwe, he made it clear that Zimbabweans should never confuse
the tint of his skin with the color of his assignment here. He had come as an
agent and representative of the American Government and American interests.
These he would
protect and pursue relentlessly - ruthlessly if need be. I hope everyone took note.
I certainly did, and I still do. But I also hope that by the same logic, Mr.
McGee grants Zimbabwe the same right, free indeed of any obligations suggested
by skin pigmentation.
And when it comes
to interests and purpose, he is decidedly White. And when it comes to
Zimbabwe's purpose and interests, it is incurably Black. Our paths may never
meet. That mush should be clear.
WHEN BLACK IS
Allow me to favor
him with a bit of information. His arrival triggered a debate on why White
America had chosen a black covering for its envoy here - and at this point in
the history of U.S.-Zimbabwe relations. It is the same question debated here
following the appointment of Powell, Rice and Frazer to high posts in the
We knew of Mr. McGee's
checkered history in another country in our region [Nigeria], and in
Madagascar. We also knew of his role in fighting America's wars in Vietnam [Air
someone quipping "White America is now so confident of the Whiteness of
its Blacks that color is no longer an issue. Color is no longer a perspective.
Look at Obama - he could be White America's next President, and be far better
at pushing her agenda than George W. Bush!"
vehemently with that reading, reminding the maker of this frivolous point that
Zimbabwe and the ruling Zanu-PF retain staunch support within respectable African-African
American circles [African Americans that are not descended from slaves]; and
that as a matter of fact, many self respecting African-African Americans resent
being identified with these Black pastes on America's stripes and stars. [Those
Black Americans that behave like Whites].
I also reminded
this person that Obama was only of use for knocking Clinton out of the race,
since she is the real threat to John McCain, but certainly not as a potential
President of White America. McGee will deliver Zimbabwe to McCain, the same way
Obama will clear the way for McCain's presidency.
The debate went
much further. How should we handle McGee if in pursuit of White America's
interests, he begins to take a hostile line toward Zimbabwe? Again, I reminded
those present that McGee would take a hostile line, sooner rather than later.
But I saw no
dilemma: we will handle him like a White American, which is what he is, until
he limps back home to the anonymity of retirement. But the debate revealed a
lingering complex derived from our history. Our incorrigible desire to be nice
and good to anyone carrying our complexion makes us susceptible to needless
It is a
disposition of gratuitous kindness often expressed against the imperatives of
the history we have lived through. And if the cruel history we have lived and
endured hasn't taught us that not everything Black is really Black, and that
anything White cannot be Black, I guess nothing ever will.
A people who
can't learn from thongs of a cruel history can hardly be expected to learn from
the fawning kisses and kindness deployed in peacetime. Such people have such an
acute wish to be loved, that they will smile after a splatter of sod lands on
But the point
goes much deeper. A people who can't read or quantify the pain of history, the
massive injury done to them by other nationalities throughout history, cannot
be a people in history. Building a collective identity is based, among other
things, on the bitterness and bruises that have been suffered and shared in
history, and which becomes a rallying point for building a nation.
Just ask the
Jews, who go as far as declaring war on those who seek to challenge the myth of
the Nazi holocaust.
That myth founded
them, sustains them, motivates them and unites them. Ask the Palestinians,
themselves victims of Jewish victims. They know that each of their dead must go
toward building an Arab counter-myth to the holocaust, by which Jewish
genocidal atrocities against them will be put beyond error and culpability for
We put too much
stock in the man outside and forget the monster inside, we people of little
judgment! As if we didn't bring to the world the wisdom of the proverbial fig:
sumptuous rind to please the eye, but dark, creeping vermin inside. True, the
saying is meant to caution the love-smitten in the human drama of courtship.
But who says its
semantic range is limited to mortal seductive beauty? No, it extends to warning
one against the danger of color-based solidarity belying an ugly and sinister
White beneath. It's as if we forget that America is a nation of color. It has
perfected the art of deploying its rich colors to great effect. That's why
multiculturalism and multicolor-ism are so central to understanding her foreign
When Iraq was
attacked, the spokesperson for the "coalition of the willing" was a
bloodshot-American spotting the smoked skin and hard, thick lips of an Arab.
Aggression and genocidal massacre of Iraqis was made palatable to the world by
That is how
consent for the war was manufacture - the destruction of Arab life endorsed and
normalized. The same happened in Afghanistan. The same would happen on the
African continent the day America decides we deserve a bit of its hot, molten
iron in our bodies before it takes our prized raw materials.
multiculturalism arises not from the largeness of its heart, but from the sheer
expansiveness of its global imperial designs. It is a weapon of war, which is
why America's citizens of dark color eagerly await overseas aggression to find
their place and glory, albeit for a short while.
If you are an
American of Arab roots, you prayerfully hope Syria or Iran will be next, since
perhaps the American military will designate you a spokesperson. If you are an
African-African American, you hope Zimbabwe is next so you can become the Black
spokesperson to cleanse such infamy.
THE STORY OF A
Ambassador to Zimbabwe J. Stephen Rhodes.
At some point, a Black
ambassador had to come to Zimbabwe. He came well before the situation in
Zimbabwe was ripe for regime change and before America had built a critical
mass of "right-thinking" African-African Americans.
We had Ambassador
J. Steven Rhodes here [Apr.-Aug. 1990], who turned to be wrong -a premature
deployment of Blackness. Beyond his title as America's ambassador here, he
turned out to be an African-African American who read Garvey, Malcolm X and
Nkrumah. He didn't last.
When the time was
right, a McGee was bound to come, the same way Andrew Young came to win the
confidence of liberation movements which threatened to overrun White Rhodesia
in the late 1970s. It's very important to know that not everything Black isn't
remains the same: see one side; hear one side; speak one side. We saw this at
work in the run-up to the attack on Iraq. America built up evidence with which
to justify aggression using sources that had a vested interest in damning
Saddam Hussein and his Baathist Party.
testimonials from people opposed to Saddam - people that America herself had
accepted as exiles in preparation for Saddam's ouster. Why did they expect the
rat to plead for the accused groundnut? Now on to brother McGee.
Over the past two
weeks, McGee has been very active. He has led diplomatic missions comprised
mostly of Westerners to many places to build a story of a Zanu-PF-led torture
campaign in the countryside.
He has been to
the Avenues Hospital and hospitals and clinics in Mvurwi with the so-called
international media in tow. And he gives interviews to anyone who cares to ask.
He has also harpooned African envoys hoping to dramatize African outrage
against Zanu-PF "atrocities."
In one interview,
he revealed his entire game plan. It is to pin down the Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe to
force a debate at the U.N. Security Council, "which will happen very
soon." Currently, Britain is in the chair [has the Security Council
America will be in the chair, which is what explains McGee's optimism. His
comments are outrageously unguarded, suggesting more an angry American fighting
an unjust war in Vietnam than a circumspect ambassador with any claim to
sophistication. The violence is 99.9 percent Zanu-PF, he says. If there are any
Zanu-PF victims - and he says he's not aware of any - these would have earned
it by provoking MDC [Movement of Democratic Change] retaliation!
The man has made
up his mind and will not be moved by anyone or anything. He's defiant and will
push aside the police to access any location. Using an arsenal of illegally
imported equipment, he pipes his choreographed encounters to CNN which quickly
obliges: "Zimbabwe authorities stop American ambassador twice." It's
like one has dared ask God why he is called Almighty, you - a mere, puny
Archbishop Pius Ncube: One of Robert Mugabe's most effective
But McGee has
come with some good evidence. People must see a video produced by an
organization called Solidarity Peace Trust, which clearly shows that the
Zanu-PF is culpable! But when one searched for information on this organization
- horror of horror! -It's an non-governmental organization registered in South
Africa co-chaired by Pius Ncube and Bishop Rubin Phillip of KwaZulu-Natal
Mugabe has tried to smear Zimbabwe Archbishop Pius Ncube .
But to no avail. Ncube has been a staunch opponent of the regime. Bishop Rubin
Phillip has campaigned against allowing a shipment of Chinese weapons to be
delivered to the Mugabe regime]].
It's the same
Ncube of church sex-scandals who accosts America to invade and topple President
Mugabe. The same Bishop Rubin who mounts action against a Chinese arms shipment
to the southern African states, including Zimbabwe.
These are avowed
enemies of the Zanu-PF and unconditional supporters of the MDC, set up and
sponsored by the American Government. Why would they have any other motive than
to damn Mugabe, the Zanu-PF and Zimbabwe? Why would the American ambassador
pretend to have discovered material that was gathered, compiled and
commissioned by intelligence officers that his Government has deployed in
industrial quantities, having smelled the blood of the Zanu-PF? Why feign
Secondly, who are
these victims? Who are the villains? What is this violence? These are fundamental
questions that the fixation on images of a torn buttocks is meant to push away.
You have villagers who are clearly traumatized but who have been rounded up and
checked into Harare's most expensive hospital, the Avenues Clinic.
They have even
spilled over to the West End clinic. Until now, they weren't known. Until now
they would never have dreamed of availing themselves of such first class
facilities. They have no money and are clearly village wretches - and not
through the violence that has been visited upon them, but by historical
processes that McGee wouldn’t want to discuss. But they are in Avenues. They
are predominantly women aged 30 to 40 and badly hurt and bruised. Surprisingly,
these are calibrated injuries, mostly on buttocks, under the feet and the back.
Relatives who visit them are all middle class coxcombs from the city.
something isn't adding up here. After visiting hours, these
"relatives" troop out and congregate to swap animated gossip, all
political, before disappearing in the direction of Harvest House or some such
MDC-connected NGO office or safe house.
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Much worse, the
kingly rags-to-riches victims have been checked on by one Dr. Lovemore, herself
historically associated with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and the Amani Trust .
something called the Counseling Services Union, again U.S./U.K. funded, and
positioned just in time for the violence we all didn't know would come, but
which the West predicted and wished through their media networks. More
dramatically, Avenues Clinic has a standing contract with the Counseling
Services Union, clinched well before the poll and the violence!
dramatically, Counseling Services Union generously offers to pay the admitting
hospitals in the currency of their choice, with Avenues receiving payment in
hard currency. Goodness me! Including Doctors for Human Rights - which is why
habitually scarce doctors are always abundant for this assignment. And they are
even keen to set aside the rules governing visits to victims.
They will allow
you anytime and grant you as much time as you want to get the outrage affixed
to the Zanu-PF. Come on!
Let us not have
short memories. We saw this kind of operation during our liberation struggle,
did we not? We had Selous Scouts here, did we not? Cruel men of Rhodesia who
melted into farming soon after the war. We had the Special Branch here, did we
not? Cruel men who melted into civilian outfits soon after.
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The Selous Scouts was a special forces regiment of the Rhodesian Army which
operated from 1973 until the introduction of majority rule and the country's
independence as Zimbabwe in 1980 ].
We had Rhodesia
African Rifles , did we not?
African askaris who came under the command of White officers - the majority of
whom were drawn from territorials. And territorials were White farmers.
Rhodesia had a small standing army which got a boost from the farms. Have we
Zanu-PFsupporter would create a torture base and leave it intact for Mr. McGee
to come and inspect for maximum damage against the Zanu-PF? Are we not
Has anyone asked
why Gutu, Hurungwe, Buhera and Chikomba have become critical for the MDC? What
was the significance of these districts during the war? And why is the violence
following the zone of resettlement, targeting new farmers, Zanu-PF supporters
or MDC turncoats?
you puzzled by this the way we are? And why don't you visit victims of the Mayo
and Shamva? [Tribes loyal to the opposition MDC - which seems to have won the
Where have you
put the U.N. reports that indicated that the MDC was also a villain, not just a
Why haven't you
investigated the role and place of White farmers in all this? Have they now
found a new version of Rhodesia's war veterans, those roving MDC thugs that
they have equipped with vehicles, cameras and crude weaponry, to effect new
Are we not seeing
the MDC's land policy unfolding ahead of the run-off? When you see an MDC youth
arrested amid scenes of violence who is unemployed, unkempt, he wields an
expensive camera and an expensive cell phone with roaming capability. These
abundantly unsophisticated uneducated youths even have the hotlines of the BBC
So many questions
and no one interested in answering them.
The Zanu-PF has
to be indicted - guilty or not. Sooner than later, the link will be made among
the violence, a former White now in self-exile and White commercial farmers who
drifted back, at which point Mr. McGee will have a major rethink.
that his mission, his conscience and his decency are compatible. In the
meantime, McGee defies his Blackness, his history as a descendant of White atrocities
and has become such a wonderful, lovely White man. Icho!
[Editor's Note: Reporters
Without Borders rates Zimbabwe's media as "Situation Difficult "].
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