Thursday, October 24, 2002

European Resolve?

Once again Europe demonstrates its superior sophistication in matters international. As the Telegraph reports, Europe’s foreign ministers have decided to move a meeting with the Southern African Development Community from Denmark to Mozambique. The reason for the move is simple: to accommodate the foreign minister from that pillar of humanitarianism, Zimbabwe.

And why not hold the meeting in Denmark? Well, the European Union recently placed a travel ban on all Zimbabwean officials to protest Robert Mugabe’s government’s policies of confiscating the land of white farmers. Not that this has stopped Zimbabwe’s fat cats from coming to Europe. As the article notes, there have been quite a few sightings of Zimbabwean government ministers in Europe since the ban was enacted.

In this case, however, the Europeans, under threats by other southern African nations of boycotting the meeting in Denmark, have not only ignored the ban, but are actively doing all they can to assuage the whims of the dictator by moving the entire venue.

So, who’s playing rogue state now? I’d write a satire about the whole thing, but this seems to be one of those times when reality itself mocks even satire.


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