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    Qohelet Raba, 7:16

    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

    Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman

    All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate.

    More colloquially translated: "Those who are kind to the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the kind."

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July 02, 2008



For those who may have missed my earlier comments on Zimbabwe, the inspiration for interest was this book:

Godwin, Peter. When A Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa." Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2007.

A note on the book appears at "Zimbabwe: Peter Godwin's Book & How a Country Deconstructs":

Zimbabwe has plainly been a coup wrapped in socialist rhetoric and delivered with and sustained by state-sponsored violence.

Standing up to it, among others: Michael Campbell. You may read about him in "Zimbabwe: white farmer Mike Campbell mounts last stand over land grab", Times Online, March 23, 2008:

That piece starts this way:

"The names on the court affidavit are stark; William Michael Campbell vs Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

"While 4,000 white farmers have been thrown off their land in Zimbabwe, Mike Campbell is the first to take the president himself to an international court. On Tuesday his case will open at the new tribunal of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the Namibian capital of Windhoek.

“It took some guts to sign my name to that,” said 73-year-old Campbell, glancing at the court papers. “But then I thought, what have I got to lose? My life I suppose . . .”

Michael Campbell, I believe, was one of the three white farmers abducted, beaten, and thrown off a moving truck by a gang of 50--it takes a lot of real men, and armed, one may suppose, to properly whup a 73-year-old farmer.

tammy swofford

Let Zimbabwe be Zimbabwe! And let Africa be Africa! In looking at the Transparency International Corruption Index, nations of the African continent remain in the bottom percentiles from year to year. Integrity and leadership do not appear to be a match. Cronyism and despotic greed abound. While the increasingly distant years of British Colonialism are the toothless scapegoat, the economic bull and heifer have escaped the barn along with the driving off of Western technology and ingenuity in agricultural management.

Tammy Swofford

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