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article imageOp-Ed: Kill Mugabe and Allow a Civil War

By G. Robert M. Miller     Jun 30, 2008 in Politics
There is no chance for peaceful resolution. Robert Mugabe will not even allow a vote. Unless we choose to not intervene at all, the solution to this problem is clear. Kill Mugabe. The idea is not all that absurd, in fact, some politicians agree.
Robert Mugabe has managed to entrench himself as the supreme dictator of Zimbabwe. But in crystallizing his position within the country, he has also created internal strife. No one knows who his successor is. And even if he has named a successor, it is foolish to believe that a country as torn as Zimbabwe would wholeheartedly support the second-in-command to Mugabe should he be assassinated.
It goes without question that if Mugabe was murdered, Morgan Tsvangirai supporters would begin their rebellions. But just as clear is that with Mugabe's power fully harnessed, Tsvangirai supporters cannot overthrow the Mugabe government.
So the real issue at hand is whether or not Mugabe's party would disintegrate and succumb to internal strife if Mugabe was taken out.
To analyze the likelihood of such an event, it is useful to consider what happened in countries similar to Zimbabwe (third-world nations) when militaristic dictators were removed.
Most recently we have the example of Iraq. Granted, the U.S. government and military installed a puppet administration to 'govern' over the Iraqi people. Though, as is so utterly evident, what was (and is) needed following the removal of Hussein was an all out, horrible, bloody civil war. A civil war that would be devastating and disturbing, but one that would force cooler, like-minded heads to eventually prevail.
If Mugabe were to be killed, the probability of his faction remaining in tact - the probability of his party not dividing over the issue of who should replace him - is slim to none. What would most likely occur would be a division of his party into two or three opposing groups who would go to war with each other, both internally and publicly.
In that situation Tsvangirai's party would become the majority (if they aren't already).
And then, after what would most likely be a couple years of brutal civil war, the remaining parties would come to the consensus that killing and killing and killing doesn't solve anything, and an election would finally be able to occur.
An election where there would be no one group strong enough to ruin it. An election that would see the will of the people shine through. An election with an air of democracy.
And democracy in Zimbabwe is surely what we all want to see. But not an installed democracy that is (just barely) held together by an intrusive, abrasive military presence. We want to see a democracy of the people of Zimbabwe and (unfortunately) the only way that is going to happen is if Mugabe gets the axe and then the gloves come off.
Such an idea may seem brutal, but considering the state of things in Zimbabwe right now. Considering that in Zimbabwe there is no personal freedom. Considering that inflation has made it impossible for citizens to buy so much as a loaf of bread. Considering that Mugabe has utterly destroyed his nations economy. And most horrendously, considering that Mugabe's party has undertaken a policy to literally neuter the children of Tsvangirai supporters. With all of these facts in mind, things will not get worse.
Perhaps it was while considering all of these points that Irish politician Mary O'Rourke commented that the execution of Mugabe would be the best solution to help end the horror in Zimbabwe.
In short - for Zimbabwe to improve - Mugabe must die. Waiting for the old man to croak naturally does not seem advisable, the damage he is doing to his people cannot be tolerated much longer.
If he were killed, there would surely be a civil war following his assassination which is cause for alarm. But despite the worry about the universal devastation that would occur in such a civil war, it is an acceptable risk as the administration that eventually come to power would be much better than the dictatorship that Mugabe has in place.
What do you think? Is it worth-while risk to eliminate Mugabe? Would there be democracy following their civil war or would another dictator come to rule? Even if a dictator did come to rule, could they be as awful?
Thanks for reading.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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