|The ZIMBABWE Situation||Our
thoughts and prayers are with Zimbabwe |
- may peace, truth and justice prevail.
Prices for basic food items in Zimbabwe
|Confiscation of African Farms Ignored|
|December 15, 2004|
Listen to Rush Conduct the Broadcast Excellence Transcribed Below...(audio)
This is from Zimbabwe. (story) Zimbabwe, run by the communist leader Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party's central committee, "apparently has decided to confiscate all remaining farms still owned by white farmers. About 500 farms out of the initial 4,500 are still in the hands of white owners," and they're going to go ahead and confiscate all of them now. "The first farm to fall prey to this decision is that of well-known cricketer Dennis Streak, father of Heath, the former cricket captain. This decision, which is discussed in a secret report of the Zanu-PF's central committee, clashes with a statement by President Robert Mugabe and his cabinet that the land-reform process in Zimbabwe has been completed."
Now you may not remember, we talked about this when this first started and I'm going to tell you what the reason Mugabe is doing this is: There were 5,000 white farmers who owned their property in Zimbabwe. That's nowhere near a large percentage of the population, nor of the number of farms. But the precious few numbers, or percentage that this is -- and I'm just going to tell you the facts -- they were the ones that were profitable. They were the ones that were actually growing food that fed the rest of the country. Farms owned by the non-white population of Zimbabwe were failing and were not feeding the country. They were not producing revenue. There was no tax base from them because they were operating in the red. Mugabe went and confiscated all of the white farmer owned land, simply for his own back pocket and a little for his country. The initial take was 4,500 farms. The remaining 500 have just been decided are Mugabe's as well. Now, you haven't heard a peep about this in our glorious, illustrious, legendary media, have you? And you won't hear about this, because they don't find anything wrong with it, and more than that, they probably don't see anything newsworthy about it.
But I will guarantee you if Robert Mugabe were white, and the only farms in Zimbabwe that were productive were black and he seized all of them, you would have heard about this just as we heard about apartheid in South Africa and the University of California Berkeley would be demanding everybody divest from Zimbabwe. It would have been a cause celebre. This is essentially a world secret, and from Johannesburg in South Africa, (story) "Southern African countries need to step up food imports to stop hunger spreading early next year as 2004 harvests are exhausted and prices rise, famine monitor FEWS NET said on Tuesday. Rural households in Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe," Hmmmmm, "were running out of food as they entered the so-called hungry season from December to the end of February. Official imports by Zimbabwe and Swaziland did not look to be enough to cover shortages." Another reason why Mugabe has seized the remaining farms owned by 500 white farmers. Just taking it; just taking it, literally just taking it, folks -- and it remains that Bernard Kerik is the big news item in the American media today.
|RUSH: Here's Kayleen
in Sebring, Florida.
Hi, Kayleen, I'm glad you called. Welcome to the program. |
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. I just wanted to thank you for talking about Zimbabwe. My uncle is one of the white farmers that has been kicked off his property and they've actually let my cousin, his son, who actually -- it was his inheritance -- stay. And the only reason they're letting him stay is because he's married to a girl from Germany which makes no sense to us at all, but if my uncle goes back on the property, he will be arrested. So I just want to thank you so much for talking about it and getting it out there.
RUSH: Well, I don't know what can be done about it by talking about it. I mean, this is just pure communism, totalitarianism and it's a tantamount admission by Mugabe that... Well, it is what it is --
RUSH: -- but you know, what interests me more is what's your uncle going to do? I mean, if this happened to me, I would be so mad and livid I'd be trying to get everybody's attention on it. What is he going to do? Has he thought about going to the United Nations and pleading his case?
CALLER: He has gone to England quite a bit and talked there. I know that he has quite a few connections. He was a very wealthy tobacco farmer, and he keeps thinking it's doing something, but obviously it hasn't yet, and there's no way they can even leave or move because they can't get their money out of the country.
CALLER: It's worth nothing now, so his whole entire life, his inheritance. He was a very good farmer. He had a lot of black workers that adored him because he took very good care of them. Now they're starving because their government doesn't take care of them.
RUSH: Well, their government can't.
CALLER: They can't.
RUSH: I mean, no communist government has ever been able to take care of its people.
RUSH: No government should.
RUSH: In fact, it should not be the objective of any government to take care of its people. But I mean he just got -- what's he going to do for -- I mean, he's literally being given nothing for his --
RUSH: So what's he going to do?
CALLER: I don't know. His kids have been able to get out of the country. One of my cousins moved to Zambia and is farming up there, which isn't much better of a situation, and so, you know, it was an incredible piece of property. It was a wonderful place. We used to love to visit it, and it was his whole entire life. So it's a terrible, terrible situation and you're right, I'm not sure what it will do talking about it but I guess I just appreciate that somebody cares.
RUSH: No, no. I'm glad you called. I appreciate that. The thing about this, this is nothing new. This has been going on for years. This plan by Mugabe, I first heard about this and reported it on this program two years ago, and it has not caused a ripple of interest anywhere -- and I'm not talking about among governments. I couldn't care less about them. I'm just talking about average people when they hear about it. It doesn't cause a ripple anywhere. It doesn't cause a ripple in the civil rights group, doesn't cause a ripple anywhere, and you say, "Well, why should it, Rush? It's Zimbabwe." Well, yeah, it's Zimbabwe. Why did we get so worked up about South Africa? Well, we all know why. I mean, if you reversed the races in the situation, you'd have the world caring about this, demanding that the white government cease the seizure of private property. (interruption) Well, Mr. Snerdley, I'm not suggesting we should do anything about it. It's a European problem, it's an African problem. I'm not suggesting we do anything about it. I'm just struck by how it doesn't get reported.
All this really is, I mean, aside from the tragedy that it is to these people that are just having everything they've ever owned and produced taken away from them like that (snapping fingers), what this is, is a case study, once again, in media. It is a case study, folks, in the status of civil rights. Not just in this country, but around the world. It is a case study of what it is that moves and motivates people, and it's interesting from that standpoint and you can build on it, use it for further knowledge when similar events happen in other parts of the world and compare the difference, and ultimately it allows you to be a greater and greater judge of the news you do see -- and become more skeptical of the news you do see when you find out what news you're not seeing or hearing about.