Stop the genocidal ZIDERA sanctions!

Sent: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 2:07 pm
Subject: ZDERA what it really is about

Hallo Everyone,

I am sending out a ‘bulk email’ again because I truely think that we are facing a critical moment in Southern Africa and in Zimbabwe in particualr. For those of you who have not seen the contents of the Zimbabwe Reconstruction and Development Act – passed by the US Congress in 2001 – which launched the economic war against Zimbabwe – here it is. 

Mamdani had mentioned it at length in his piece that is circulating on the internet right now – finally African progressives are beginning to say something different about Zimbabwe and the region next to the hollering big voice of the Western and South African media – and this has ‘set the cat among the pigeons’ as reflected in Patrick Bond’s immediate ‘response’ to Mamdani’s views. (More like a white head master scolding a little black boy for daring to disagree – how typical).  Take a look at what the Act says and you will see how fraudulent Patrick Bond’s arguments against Mamdani’s arguments are. 

Often we are hoodwinked because we do not have all the information.

If you have not see either piece, just let me know in the next few days and I
will send it on to you. 

In my opinion, it is critical that we begin to challenge the dominant views on Zimbabwe – and be prepared for the reactionary ( mainly white) backlash that will follow – as is the case with Mamdani’s piece.   But the so-called spokespersons of our rights as African people – speakers who use our language yet are really pushing a white settler-multinational corporations
agenda in our region – have to be exposed and openly critiqued – exposed for their right-wing agendas and the protection of class privilege.

Today, Jimmy Carter openly called for an invasion of Zimbabwe.  He obviously has a huge ego and he is chaffing at the bit because he was refused entry into Zimbabwe and that is unacceptable to him.  Well, Zimbabwe is a sovereign state that can refuse entry to anyone. But that seems not to apply to Mr. Carter who after all is a former president of the big policeman state in the world today. Tutu has been holding the door open for such jingoism and
aggression these past days, as have the various members of the so-called ‘Elders’ council.  Who elected them to a status that grants them power to invite invaders into our countries?

Clearly, all these expressions of outrage only about Zimbabwe (while the Palestinians starve and die under Israeli aggression and  a brutal occupation; and 7 million Africans have died brutal deaths in the DRC these past ten years) point to a scenario that is becoming increasingly common as part of the neo-imperial agenda in the world today. They hype up the media misinformation and distortion of issues in a country that needs to be ‘taught a lesson’ and then when people feel helpless and dazed by the hype – they launch the attack….and we stand by comatose — wondering why we did not do something to stop them.  As Chester Crocker put it in his appeal to the US Congress in 2005 -in support of the ZDERA agenda: “To separate the Zimbabwean people from ZANU-PF, we are going to have to make their economy scream. And I hope you senators have the stomach for what you have to do.” (Democracy Now! April 1, 2005)

I live in Zimbabwe – I have made that beautiful country my home — because where I was born I do not have even the minimal protections that I enjoy in Zimbabwe — as a visitor, despite all the challenges that that society faces in the present time.  I know that there are many problems to be resolved — as in every country on earth.  But we have to prevent a military assault on
Zimbabwe — not only because ‘tens of thousands of people will be slaughtered’ to paraphrase the same Jimmy Carter who is calling for war on that country — but also because inevitably, the entire region will be engulfed in a conflagration that will suit the neo-imperial intentions of the West perfectly and which we will live to regret for many decades to come.

Let us mobilise wherever we are to prevent a military attack on Zimbabwe — and do it
urgently.  Zimbabwe is already under an economic war — the next step is to bring in their soldiers (under the guise of African intervention or otherwise)

Read the ZDERA document and remember how effective internationalist mobilisation has always been.  Let’s mobilise, not agonize…and let’s defend our independence and our futures.

in solidarity

Patricia McFadden

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Sent: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 2:07 pm
Subject: ZDERA what it really is about

Hallo Everyone,

I am sending out a ‘bulk email’ again because I truely think that we
are facing a critical moment in Southern Africa and in Zimbabwe in
particualr.  For those of you who have not seen the contents of the
Zimbabwe Reconstruction and Development Act – passed by the US
Congress in 2001 – which launched the economic war against Zimbabwe –
here it is. 

Mamdani had mentioned it at length in his piece that is circulating on
the internet right now – finally African progressives are beginning to
say something different about Zimbabwe and the region next to the
hollering big voice of the Western and South African media – and this
has ‘set the cat among the pigeons’ as reflected in Patrick Bond’s
immediate ‘response’ to Mamdani’s views. ( More like a white head
master scolding a little black boy for daring to disagree – how
typical).  Take a look at what the Act says and you will see how
fraudulent Patrick Bond’s arguments against Mamdani’s arguments are. 
Often we are hoodwinked because we do n
ot have all the information.

If you have not see either piece, just let me know in the next few
days and I will send it on to you. 

In my opinion, it is critical that we begin to challenge the dominant
views on Zimbabwe – and be prepared for the reactionary ( mainly
white) backlash that will follow – as is the case with Mamdani’s
piece.   But the so-called spokespersons of our rights as African
people – speakers who use our language yet are really pushing a white
settler-multinational corporations agenda in our region – have to be
exposed and openly critiqued – exposed for their right-wing agendas
and the protection of class privilege.

Today, Jimmy Carter openly called for an invasion of Zimbabwe.  He
obviously has a huge ego and he is chaffing at the bit because he was
refused entry into Zimbabwe and that is unacceptable to him.  Well,
Zimbabwe is a sovereign state that can refuse entry to anyone. But
that seems not to apply to Mr. Carter who after all is a former
president of the big policeman state in the world today. Tutu has been
holding the door open for such jingoism and aggression these past
days, as have the various members of the so-called ‘Elders’ council. 
Who elected them to a status that grants them power to invite invaders
into our countries?

Clearly, all these expressions of outrage only about Zimbabwe ( while
the Palestinians starve and die under Israeli aggression and  a brutal
occupation; and 7 million Africans have died bruta
l deaths in the DRC these past ten years) point to a scenario that is
bbecoming increasingly common as part of the neo-imperial agenda in
the world today. They hype up the media misinformation and distortion
of issues in a country that needs to be ‘taught a lesson’ and then
when people feel helpless and dazed by the hype – they launch the
attack….and we stand by comatose – wondering why we did not do
something to stop them.  As Chester Crocker put it in his appeal to
the US Congress in 2005 -in support of the ZDERA agenda: ” To separate
the Zimbabwean people from ZANU-PF, we are going to have to make their
economy scream. and I hope you senators have the stomach for what you
have to do” (Democracy Now! April 1, 2005)

I live in Zimbabwe – I have made that beautiful country my home –
because where I was born I do not have even the minimal protections
that I enjoy in Zimbabwe – as a visitor, despite all the challenges
that that society faces in the present time.  I know that there are
many problems to be resolved – as in every country on earth.  But we
have to prevent a military assault on Zimbabwe – not only because
‘tens of thousands of people will be slaughtered’ to paraphrase the
same Jimmy Carter who is calling for war on that country – but also
because inevitably, the entire region will be engulfed in a
conflagration that will suit the neo-imperial intentions of the West
perfectly and which we will live to regret for many decades to come.

Let
us mobilise wherever we are to prevent a military attack on Zimbabwe –
and do it urgently.  Zimbabwe is already under an economic war – the
next step is to bring in their soldiers ( under the guise of African
intervention or otherwise)

Read the ZDERA document and remember how effective internationalist
mobilisation has always been.  Let’s mobilise, not agonize…and let’s
defend our independence and our futures.

in solidarity

Patricia McFadden

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