Saving Zimbabwe

Military force isn't the answer. But aggressive diplomacy can still remove Robert Mugabe

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is sworn in for a sixth term in office in Harare, June 29, 2008.

On June 27, Robert Mugabe stole an election. He did so in plain view of journalists, aid workers, diplomats and heads of state. His brutality before the vote resulted in the deaths of about 100 Zimbabweans, the detention of some 2,000, injury to 10,000 and the displacement of more than 200,000. His regime systematically burned down homes and tortured people who had the nerve to suggest they might choose a new President of Zimbabwe. Under Mugabe, life expectancy has dropped to 36 years.

The ruthlessness and savagery of Mugabe have given rise to two basic reactions in Africa and around the...

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