Political hypocrisy watch - Zimbabwe edition
Norman Geras calls our attention to one recent example that really does take one's breath away ... though if one doesn't actually think about it, it sounds like nothing more than the sort of normal diplo-blather to which we're supposed to nod our heads approvingly.
(And the interesting thing is that the person who uttered this howler, South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, may not have fully realized that he was--how shall we put this delicately?--lying. I suspect that there was an element of self-deception here, of the sort that is facilitated by unthinkingly repeating those standard phrases.)
Yours for reality-based discourse,
normblog: The weblog of Norman Geras
February 1, 2009
Commenting on the power-sharing agreement just concluded in Zimbabwe, the South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has said:
We are more keen to take our cue from the people of Zimbabwe themselves ... rather than try to impose on them our own solutions.That is more or less the opposite of the truth. It is, as one might say, the wrong way round. The agreement backs Robert Mugabe in ignoring the result of last year's elections in Zimbabwe and colludes in the 'solution' he then imposed on the country by violence.