Sanctions weakness only boosts Mugabe

As someone with more than a passing interest in Zimbabwe, a question I am asked regularly is why don’t the so-called main western countries take military action to oust Robert Mugabe. I have always argued it is not an option. The solution has to come from within Africa.

But the pathetic explanation of David Milliband that sanctions against the regime are not possible because they would harm the Zimbabwe people more than Mugabe completely miss the point. The Zimbabwe people cannot suffer any more than they do now. Sanctions cannot harm them or do anything extra that Mugabe and his cronies haven’t already done. Milliband’s weakness just shames this country, and faced with such feebleness, Mugabe carries on safe in the knowledge that nothing remotely harmful is heading his way from the Brown government.

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