Will the reign of the criminal thug (and friend of Chriac) Robert Mugabe finally end today? If voters in Zimbabwe have anything to say about it, this result is likely. But the fact of the matter is that the elections, while not plagued with violence as it was last time, is unlikely to reflect the wishes of the voters.
The election was called unfair by both the
United States and the European Union, whose observers have been barred from monitoring the poll.
Approximately 5.8 million voters were registered for the poll, but independent researchers claim hundreds of thousands of them could be duplicates -- or dead.
Hmmm, sounds like some Democrat Party districts in the last few elections.
And even if by some miracle Mugabe's party, the African National Union - Patriotic Front, somehow loses power, Mugabe has ruled out power sharing with the opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
But Zimbabwe does not live in a vacuum. The citizens there have seen what is going on in the world. They saw what has happened in the Ukraine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan
And it seems Iraq has influenced them as well.
"I want a change," said Shepherd Muroyiwa, 56, a baker in the eastern town of Marondera, where Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has held the parliamentary seat. "We're expecting some new ideas from someone, not these old ideas from someone who's been there for 20 years."
Several other voters, identifiable by the purple dye on their left pinkies, expressed similar sentiments, but most said they were too frightened of retribution by the ruling party to allow their names to be published.
Will they march in the streets if Mugabe wins?
We'll be watching.
With autocrats and dictators being challenged world wide, is the bottom falling out of the post-War political system?
The Belmont Club observes:
These developments are widely presumed to favor the United States; and in the narrow sense that collapsing empires play into the hands of the nation which holds the balance of power, this must be true. But first and foremost, they are evidence of dysfunction: proof that the Soviet model, Middle Eastern authoritarianism and to a certain extent transnational liberalism have lost their grip. In that respect the sudden and unexpected weakening of the United Nations is less the result of Kofi Annan's individual shenanigans than a symptom that the bottom has fallen out of the whole postwar system.
Read the whole thing.