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December 10, 2003
Mugabe attacks autocracy.
As we wait for Robert Mugabe to deliver his speech (things are running late here), here are his thoughts
on UN reform.
"At a time when citizens everywhere are pressing for a greater say in national governance, it is imperative for us as Heads of State and Government to seek, in turn, a fairer representation through the democratization of multilateral organisations... What is good for the goose must surely be good for the gander
"The present autocracy in global governance must be challenged stoutly so all nations, big or small, have equal say and equal power in the way we govern world affairs."
I have to say I do agree....
He's right, but the premise is off. He implies with his wording that citizens everywhere are *getting* a greater say in national governance, and therefore...
Masterfully done, but that's a very weak underlying premise.
In spirit, I agree, but I say start at the bottom: Give the citizens everywhere a greater say in national governance.
Er guys - aren't you missing the irony? A notorious tyrant lecturing the world on democracy. As he says, what's sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander...
I sort of left that unspoken in "In spirit, I agree, but I say start at the bottom: Give the citizens everywhere a greater say in national governance."
I was pointing out how masterfully he manipulated the wording. And I was also pointing out that - without NAMING any countries - that citizens everywhere a require a greater say in national governance. Anything else would be performative contradiction. ;)
Eloquent words from a ruler who brought in special forces from North Korea to help kill thousands of Matabele who opposed his rule.
I guess there are many rulers where we can compare their actions to their fine words at a UN forum.