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Posted: 16/09/01 7:35:52

Two injured in Zimbabwe illegal land occupation

There has been renewed unrest in Zimbabwe where the homes of farm workers have been set alight.

Men claiming to be war veterans, stormed a white owned farm 100 kilometres south-east of the capital, Harare.

At least two people were seriously injured during the violent confrontation.

War Veterans and ruling party supporters invaded the property, forcing the farm owner to lock himself inside a secure compound surrounding his house.

The veterans burned several homes belonging to farm workers and destroyed an office building.

The unrest took place despite assurances by the Zimbabwean Government that it would put an end to the illegal occupation of white-owned land.

Last week, President Mugabe endorsed a proposal put forward by Commonwealth leaders to ensure compensation for white farmers in exchange for a return to law and order.

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Farm workers' homes burnt in Zimbabwe

ARARE: Homes belonging to farm workers and the offices on a white-owned farm
in eastern Zimbabwe were burned down Saturday, a farmers' spokeswoman said,
despite government's promise to curb violence in the countryside.

"It is confirmed the office complex and farm workers' houses were burned
down. We can confirm serious injuries to persons involved in that clash,"
said Jenni Williams, spokeswoman for the Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU).
The violence occurred on Bita Farm in the rural district of Hwedza, 100
kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Harare, Williams said.

Fearing for his safety, the farm owner had locked himself inside the fence
surrounding his house, and could not say how many of his 180 workers had
lost their homes, she added.

Police were not reachable for comment, but Williams said the police, the
army, and the local war veterans' land committee were at the farm.
Pro-government veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war launched a
campaign of farm invasions in February 2000, claiming they were protesting
the slow pace of land reform to redress colonial-era inequities.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says the farm invasions
are a politically motivated scheme to punish its supporters and to seal off
huge swathes of the countryside to prevent them from campaigning for the
presidential election, due early next year.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has agreed to two separate pacts during
the last week to curb violence in Zimbabwe's countryside, but farmers say
they have yet to see any crack-down on the occupiers, who continue forcing
work to a halt on farms and burning grazing land.
In the first pact, brokered by a Commonwealth team in Abuja, Nigeria,
Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge said the government would crack down on the
politically charged violence, in exchange for British funding of its land

Although Mugabe has endorsed that deal in principle, he has yet to
officially sign on to it.

Days after the Abuja deal, five leaders of neighboring countries met with
Mugaeb in Harare for a two-day summit, again urging him to curb the violence
and forcing him to meet with his chief critics -- including the opposition,
church leaders, businesses and white farmers.

The summit ended with no concrete agreement, but Malawian President Bakili
Muluzi said Mugabe had assured his neighbors that he would halt the

Neighboring nations fear that Zimbabwe's long-running political crisis could
spill across its borders.

The political turmoil is already scaring off desperately needed foreign
investment to the region, and Zimbabwe's economic depression has all but
eliminated a key regional market.

( AFP )

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UN team talks with Mugabe on looting
HARARE: The head of a UN team probing the looting of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo has talked to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, who has sent up to 12,000 troops to the war-ravaged country.

Egypt's ambassador to the United Nations Mahmoud Kassem met with Mugabe on Friday for what state media described as a briefing on the conflict in the DRC, which has become known as Africa's World War.

Mugabe did not make any public remarks after the meeting, but Kassem told the state-run Herald that the UN team was in Harare to update its information about the illegal plundering of the DRC's natural resources by foreign armies fighting in that nation's war.

"We are a fact-finding body, meaning we ask the countries in the Great Lakes region if they have information that may help us getting the picture clearer about the illegal exploitation of resources," Kassem said.

Last April, the UN expert group accused rebels in the east of the DRC and their backers -- Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi -- of looting the huge mineral wealth of the country, which has been effectively split in two by almost three years of war.

The five-member panel, then headed by Safiatou Ba-NDaw of Ivory Coast, presented its findings in a 56-page report on April 16. The team had been set up in July 2000.

After presenting the panel's first report, Ba-NDaw told a press conference that her team was not able to get as much information from Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola as from the other nations involved in the war.

The United Nations extended the panel's mandate in May. The team has already visited several countries in the Great Lakes region, according to the Herald, and is also due to visit Zambia, South Africa, and Europe.
"The first stage could not finish everything. There is some work to be completed and update our information," Kassem said. "We are complementing the first report."

"We are concerned about the human exploitation in the Congo. There is a great violation of human rights in Congo," he said.

The independent weekly Financial Gazette reported Thursday that the team wanted to determine the extent of alleged looting by Zimbabwe and Namibia in the DRC.

"During the investigations which led to the report against Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, some prima facie evidence pointing to the involvement of Zimbabwean generals in the looting of the DRC surfaced," an official working with the UN team told the paper.

The war has generated a number of lucrative business interests for Zimbabwe, notably in timber, energy, mining, transport and communications. But Zimbabwe has never given any public account of the war's casualties or its economic benefits.

Mugabe's military campaign in the DRC has been hugely unpopular among Zimbabweans, who are suffering through the nation's worst-ever economic crisis and who see little benefit to their involvement in the war.

Zimbabwe's troops have fought alongside those from Angola and Namibia to prop up the DRC government against rebels backed by Rwanda and Uganda.
Namibia has now withdrawn its troops, as UN observers have been deployed to monitor a peace deal.

In the past, Mugabe has defended Zimbabwe's wartime business interests in the DRC as legitimate, because the DRC government had invited Zimbabwe into the country to help defend the government.

When the UN report was released in April, the government hailed it as a validation of Mugabe's motives in the tangled conflict.

Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda have all angrily denied the UN team's findings.
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Zimbabwe militants terrorize farmer

Chicago Sun-Times: September 13, 2001


HARARE, Zimbabwe--Ruling party militants assaulted a white farmer on Wednesday despite a government promise to end violence on white-owned farms.

The farmer, evicted from his farm by militants last month, had been advised by police to return home Wednesday in the wake of promises to ensure the safety of landowners, the Commercial Farmers Union said.

But on his return to his farm near Marondera, about 45 miles east of Harare, the militants ''immediately set upon him,'' forcing him to barricade himself inside his house, a union statement said.

It said there was no reaction from police. No immediate comment was available from the government or police.

However, in a sign that the police were beginning to crack down, a four-day siege by militants on a farm near Beatrice, 50 miles south of Harare, was broken up by the police.

Police freed the white farm manager who had been barricaded in his homestead, the union said.

Since March, militants have occupied more than 1,700 white-owned farms, spurred by a government campaign to take 4,600 of them--about 95 percent of all white-owned land in Zimbabwe--and give the land to Africans.

At least nine white farmers have died in clashes since June.

In an accord brokered Sept. 6 by commonwealth ministers in Abuja, Nigeria, Zimbabwe pledged an immediate end to violence and farm invasions in return for British funding for orderly land reform.

President Robert Mugabe promised Sunday to abide by the accord, but there were doubts the government could quickly rein in violence by militants.

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A View from the Pan.
Remember that anthill that Tito Mboweni was beating up the other day? Well an even bigger group of elephants came down to the Pan on Monday and they sat on the anthill! From where I am in the water he looks pretty flat at present, but I am watching the anthill closely to see how it will react to the most recent incident. I do not think it will be long in coming.
The new group of five regional elephants, led by Malawi, came from Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Their intentions were quite clear and I think had been decided at a meeting some months ago in London when South Africa met with Jack Straw in London. There they decided that something had to be done about the situation in Zimbabwe and they agreed that as far as possible it should be an African initiative. This was followed by a careful and quiet consensus building exercise in Africa, culminating in the meeting of regional leaders in Blantyre where for the first time Mugabe got a hint of what was coming.
I am certain that sometime later, he received a further warning of what was on the table in the form of a message from the biggest elephant in Africa, Nigeria. On receiving this last message he cancelled all other appointments and rushed off to Libya. There he sat for a week, soaking up the balm of the warmth of the desert and the admiration of that other crocodile of Africa. While there he frantically tried to rebuild some form of an alliance with African leaders to head off the initiative that he now saw was underway in Africa. He failed, and when his Foreign Minister and the Minister of Agriculture went to the summit of the Commonwealth group of 8 States, summoned to consider what to do to this errant Member, they ran into a wall of criticism and were forced to sign a humiliating back down on the land issue.
They felt that although this had happened, all was not lost, the "boss" had not seen the document yet or committed himself in any way, perhaps when they got home, he would know what to do? Worse was to come. No sooner than had they got back, but the Foreign Minister of Nigeria arrived to make sure that the message was received loud and clear? Once that was done and our "beloved leader" had said, rather unconvincingly, that he accepted the deal, the Foreign Minister left for Nigeria and the Zimbabweans then had to wait for the regional leaders to arrive, what next?
The spin doctors got to work and began to interpret the Abuja agreement in ways that completely distorted the outcome of the meeting, but with an underlying nervousness that was not there a week ago. They were unsure of what to do next. The regional leaders did not let them wait very long. Led by the President of Malawi who was blunt and to the point, they made it clear to Mugabe that there was more on the table than just land. A time of tough and straight talking ensued and in the process, for the first time, the truth about the situation here was clearly laid out for all to see. This was achieved even though the majority (three-quarters) of the groups allowed to see the visitors were pro Zanu groups led by apologists. This was reinforced by the fact that the visitors had done their homework. Intelligence officers have been at work in Zimbabwe and the real facts about the Zanu agenda were clearly known and understood.
They left on late Tuesday night – with Chissano remaining to Wednesday to brief local SADC heads of mission. What they left behind was a man who now knows that the majority of African leaders, especially in the southern half of the continent, are no longer prepared to be used and abused in Mugabe’s programme designed to retain power at the expense of his people and the people of the region as a whole. He was publicly humiliated and reprimanded, he was forced to sit in a meeting and listen to speaker after speaker denounce his activities and his programme. He was not assisted by his henchmen, who, not fully understanding either the balance of power present or the context, tried in vain to protect their leaders mantle. All they succeeded in doing was to deepen his sense of isolation and to heap ridicule on his claim to be the last hope of the "liberation forces" in the region.
The regional leaders told Mugabe that he has two weeks in which to make substantive progress in four areas: -
1.     A return to the rule of law.
2.     Preparations for a presidential election that will be "free and fair".
3.     Taking the land reform issue out of the political arena in Zimbabwe and placing it under a "Land Commission" guided by the UNDP.
4.     Establishing a credible form of consultation and dialogue with the opposition so as to establish consensus on the way forward.
For Zanu PF and for Mugabe, implementing any one of these four demands will mean the end of the road for them and their Party. Implementing all of them would be suicide. The question now is what will they do? The options are very limited, if sense prevails, Mugabe will announce his retirement from active politics and allow Zanu PF to select a new leader who will then fight the presidential elections next year in March 2002. He will try to secure for himself a decent exit from the stage and security in retirement. His problem is that the ants that inhabit his anthill are so mad at what he has done to them in the past 22 years that they are unlikely to allow him any peace so long as he tries to stay where he is.
Terror in the USA
While watching the "sitting ceremony" at the anthill site, I was stunned to see the terrible events unfolding in the United States. It’s now clear that tens of thousands of ordinary working Americans and others will have died. I thought of the parallels with the genocide in Matebeleland in the 80’s when the 5th Brigade of the Army, aided by the intelligence services and the Police murdered and maimed tens of thousands of ordinary, working Zimbabweans in an effort to crush their opposition to a form of political oppression.
Both incidents were carried out in a planned, ruthless and effective way. Behind the actions are people who are educated and sophisticated. They look like ordinary human beings, they are not. They are members of a global coalition of people who care nothing for the rights of humanity or for justice. Totally focused on their own narrow and selfish agenda, they strike out using whatever means they can find to inflict maximum damage.
The only difference is that the TV cameras were not rolling in Kezi or Tsholotsho. The other difference is that major decision-makers did not share a common horror that was felt in the US when they saw four huge passenger planes full of ordinary people like themselves being used to hurt a perceived enemy. But the effect was the same, and we will not forget.
M Ngwenya
14th Sept
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The pressure builds

Sep 13th 2001 | HARARE
From The Economist print edition

But Robert Mugabe, unyielding, goes his own way
THIS has been a humiliating week for Robert Mugabe. His government has come under unprecedented criticism from other countries, first at the Commonwealth talks in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, and then at a special southern African summit in his own capital, Harare. As if that were not enough, his party, ZANU-PF, got a stinging slap on the face in the Bulawayo municipal elections, losing the post of mayor and all eight council seats to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), despite its best vote-rigging efforts.
In Abuja, on September 6th and 7th, the foreign ministers of seven Commonwealth countries sat in judgment on Zimbabwe. Mr Mugabe-on a ten-day "working holiday" in Libya, where his old friend Muammar Qaddafi had a welcome cheque for him-left his staff to make his case. Zimbabwe's foreign minister, Stan Mudenge, told the meeting that his country's problems boiled down to the need for land reform. Ministers from Australia, Britain, Canada, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa begged to disagree. While acknowledging that land reform is needed in Zimbabwe, they told him unanimously that the trouble also stemmed from state-sponsored political violence, contempt for human rights, economic decline and the subversion of democracy.
Hard on the heels of the Abuja meeting, Mr Mugabe found himself obliged to attend an extraordinary two-day summit with the leaders of five neighbouring countries, all members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), in Harare. He had not asked them to come. They had insisted on inviting themselves, and on raising the same disagreeable subject that had been broached in Abuja: the effect of Zimbabwe's disorder on their own struggling economies. The summit opened with Bakili Muluzi, Malawi's president and SADC's chairman, politely telling Mr Mugabe that the neighbours only wished to help, and then blaming him directly for Zimbabwe's economic collapse and the spreading violence there. South Africa already faces constant difficulties from the stream of Zimbabweans pouring across the border in search of work.
SADC had also ordered meetings with members of Zimbabwe's opposition parties and white farmers, though many were forbidden to speak. At the close of the meeting Mr Mugabe's self-styled "war veterans", finding themselves in the same room as many of their opponents, applauded and cheered anything that redounded to Mr Mugabe's credit. There was not much of it. Slumped in his chair, lips pursed, the president could not have looked more sulky if he had tried.
Between them, the two summits came up with some formalised ideas to make Mr Mugabe behave. In Abuja, the British government pledged money-reported to be £36m ($53m)-for land reform, if Zimbabwe would carry out the redistribution legally and peacefully and make macroeconomic reforms. No particular body will check on this, but a ministerial "action group" will meet on the eve of the Commonwealth heads-of-government meeting in Brisbane in October to consider whether Mr Mugabe has fulfilled his end of the bargain, and what to do if he has not. At the Harare meeting, a regional task-force was set up to meet every few weeks to monitor events in Zimbabwe. Mr Muluzi said he had had every assurance from Mr Mugabe: his government would follow the rule of law.
And pigs might fly. Mr Mugabe is still prevaricating over the Abuja agreement, saying he needs the approval of his party's politburo and his cabinet, neither of which has met yet. In fact, even if it cared to try, Zimbabwe's government would find it hard to carry out the macroeconomic reforms that Britain insists on. Meanwhile, the seizure of white farms has carried on as usual, as invaders moved in unrestrained by police and the "war veterans" who lead the takeovers vowed to continue their "peaceful demonstrations" for "as long as there is no justice". It is clear that Mr Mugabe's idea of legal land redistribution is exactly what he has been inflicting on the country for the past 18 months.
Yet, try as he may, Mr Mugabe cannot dismiss the new pressure on him merely as the vengeful work of former colonial powers or the machinations of western capitalists. It is African anger he faces now. Within Zimbabwe too there is a firm resolve among the opposition parties to resist Mr Mugabe's rule. The voters of Bulawayo, admittedly an opposition stronghold, showed their firm rejection of ZANU-PF, despite the cash handed out freely, violence, intimidation and evidence of large-scale voting fraud. The MDC candidate for mayor, for example, won around
61,000 votes; his ZANU-PF rival, around 12,000.
The Brisbane meeting should see continued pressure on Mr Mugabe to meet minimum standards for a free and fair presidential election, which must be held by April. But he has not met those standards for several years, if ever, and on the evidence of this week's events he has little intention of adopting them now.
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From the Daily News

The Mole

Journalism gone to the dogs

9/14/01 4:20:50 PM (GMT +2)

A circus of a very tragic nature, which opened to the public with the
appointment of Jonathan Moyo to the post of Minister of State for
Information and Publicity, is now in full season at Zimbabwe Newspapers

We all know the sorry mess that the once proud Chronicle in Bulawayo has
Everyone is now resigned to the recklessness that has become the norm at.
The Chronicle where libellous fabrications have become the order of the day.
Scant regard is obviously being given to the potentially high cost of that
foolhardiness in terms of both ruining the media practitioners’ concerned
careers and, more immediately, the cash drain from the company by way of the
huge amounts it is certain to pay to the persons being libelled.

That paper’s editor may want to pretend that she is responsible for all the
morbid ranting and raving and all the putrid stuff being carried in The
Chronicle daily, but we all know better, of course.
The public will forgive her because they know she is merely a figure being
made to carry the can while Moyo, through the loose cannon that his
hatchetman Admore Tshuma has become, calls the shots.

The situation at The Herald is completely different. There, we have yet to
be told of Pikirayi Deketeke having been rendered as impotent as poor Edna
Machirori. And yet, all indications are that the paper is operating much
like a ship that has gone adrift.
No one seems to care at all what goes into that paper. We are not just
talking about small lapses such as naming minors facing criminal charges,
which the paper does very often. We are talking about the paper publishing
stories with the potential to land both the editor and the company in
serious trouble – and this includes virtually convicting, in its columns,
people who are still only suspects.

On Thursday last week, for instance, the paper merrily carried in its sports
section a story which, on any normal newspaper, ought to have set off alarm
bells throughout the editors’ offices the moment it was submitted by the
reporter. Not at The Herald.
Apparently nobody thought nothing about its publication being not only an
unpardonable invasion of the sportsman in question’s privacy but, even more
alarming, of it being an actionable breach of confidentiality.

The following day the paper made very light of the outrage the publishing of
the story, divulging a boxer’s HIV status, had caused among members of the
public and the pain it had caused the boxer himself, his friends and
relatives! “The Herald’s correspondent,” boasted the paper impudently last
Friday, “Tendai Ndemera, who wrote the story, maintained last night that he
had assumed that Mau Mau (the boxer’s promoter) appeared to be prepared to
have the story published.” End of story. No comment from the editor, no
expression of remorse from the paper, nothing. Callous, that’s what it is. I
can only say ruefully that our profession has gone to the dogs.

n Talking about Zimpapers and the profession having gone to the dogs,
something very disheartening and extremely worrisome is happening in
Bulawayo where our lost colleague, Admore Tshuma, has become a willing tool
in Jonathan Moyo’s wicked agenda to destroy professional journalism in

By the way, you ought to read Moyo’s own mind–numbing effort – a confused
and confusing epic headlined Bread and butter issues still beckon in City of
Kings – in Tuesday’s Herald! But be warned before you start looking for it.
You need to possess extraordinary fortitude and perseverance to be able to
read it to the end.

To read it is to subject yourself to severe intellectual torture. But then,
as often happens, I digress again. Let’s go back to Pickaninny Chef Tshuma
(it would be impolite to call him Pretender to the Throne!).
Impeccable sources tell me the pliant former teacher (it is said he left
teaching under a cloud), who I understand has no formal journalistic
training (which probably explains why he thinks nothing of bringing our
profession into disrepute) has become more than just a terror at only The
Chronicle where his editor (poor Edna Machirori) has practically no power
over him.

He has extended his empire and sphere of influence to also bring terror upon
the entire journalistic fraternity in that city and beyond.
It is said that everyone who works in the State media, be it ZBC or
Zimpapers, literally shivers (bayaquqa sibili) when they are in his presence
because, just one bad word about you from him to Motor Mouth, and you are
out of your job, pronto. I am told that when he walks into the Press Club,
everyone literally jumps up, with many of them reportedly falling over each
other in a bid to be the first to buy him a drink.

The Hitler-sized little fellow, who is said to be regarded now as the Deputy
Minister of Information and is reportedly feared even by George Charamba, is
no doubt enjoying his newly-found power big time. I wonder what sin they
might have committed to deserve to have in their midst a man who is truly a
curse to the rofession of journalism. Thankfully, as the old saying goes,
okungapheliyo kuyahlola (what goes up will as sure as hell come down again).
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: Saturday, September 15, 2001 8:19 AM
Subject: Restraint and tolerance

Dear family and friends,
I am not sure where to start this week, everything pales into insignificance after the horror in America. All week I have battled to find any words for anyone, have not replied to many letters and now find myself filled with a feeling of great fear as the only words coming out of America are of war and vengeance. Trying to keep perspective in times of terror is an almost impossible task, a task we have been battling with in Zimbabwe for 18 months. For the most part though, we have suceeded and have mastered restraint, patience and tolerance. Last night the words of past President Bill Clinton showed sanity and compassion and are as true for Zimbabwe as they are for America: "It's not about numbers, it's about lives." Regardless of how many thousands of people have been tortured and murdered in Zimbabwe or how many thousands were killed in America, each and every life is so very precious. Rather than waiting for that awful "number" I find myself thinking of a spouse, a child, the memories, the love and laughter. I find myself thinking of all the things that could have, should have and would have been - thoughts that have become very familiar to most Zimbabweans who have been living with terror for 18 months.
This letter is dedicated to the lives, loves and in memory of thousands of Americans who have died this week in the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon and also to a Zimbabwean Headmaster, Felix Mazava. All were helpless victims who died at the hands of ruthless terrorists who are, as Tony Blair said this week, "utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life."
Perhaps the most moving film clip I have seen coming out of America this week is a shot of hundreds of people lining a street in Manhatten and cheering as fireman, medical teams and policemen drove past. I have not been able to stop myself from comparing the bravery, stamina and incredible courage of American civil servants to their Zimbabweans counterparts. If our public servants could show even a fraction of the selfless and compassionate dedication to service and duty as the Americans, Zimbabwe would certainly never be in the state it is in now. I believe all Zimbabweans could learn an awful lot of lessons from Americans - their patriotism, unselfishness, spontaneous love and generosity are qualities we seem to have forgotten in Zimbabwe.
I cannot help myself from comparing America's terror to that in Zimbabwe. I cannot help myself from asking an awful lot of questions too. Uppermost is the immediate world response and reaction to America's morning of terror. Why has it taken the world 18 months to acknowledge the terror in Zimbabwe? Why has the world allowed the words "racism" and "colonialism" cloud the issues in Zimbabwe? I believe now though, that there are few who cannot see the truth of Zimbabwe's situation. This week a summit of regional African leaders was held in Harare. Pesidents from Malawi, Botswana, Mocambique, Namibia and South Africa came and heard for themselves exactly what has been happening here for 18 months. They were told of terror on the farms, terror in the towns and cities, horrific politically sponsored violence and of hundreds of thousands of people who are now refugees in their own country. At last these regional leaders spoke out. It was a tremendous day for Zimbabwe when Malawi's President Muluzi told Zimbabwe's President that this terror has got to stop - and President Muluzi did not mince his words or hide the truth in diplomatic double talk either. As I write the Abuja Agreement has not yet been ratified by President Mugabe. First he gave it to his Cabinet who referred it to the zanu pf Politburo. For two days this political body studied that short Agreement and now have announced that they will think about it some more over the weekend and meet again to discuss it on Monday as it needed "further thorough debate". The only thing I can see that needs debating is how the government now manages to undo what they have done, reign in the war veterans and instruct the police to do their jobs - all without losing votes. Very shortly President Mugabe will have to make a statement, a public statement telling "war veterans" to stop doing what he gave them his blessing to do. He has managed to stall for over a week, the clock is ticking and the crisis is deepening, every day that he delays making this statement brings us a day closer to starvation. This week all basic food exports from Zimbabwe were suspended. Last Friday a block of margerine cost Z$280, yesterday it cost Z$324. All week violence, intimidation and mindless destruction has continued on farms all over the country. People have been barricaded into their homes, cattle have been repeatedly driven into almost ripe wheat fields, pastures have been deliberately burnt, farm workers' houses and posessions have been burnt and the men, women and children driven out of their homes.
While President Mugabe delays signing the Abuja Agreement and delays making a statement on law and order, people calling themselves "war veterans" continue to get away with, literally, murder. This week a 47 year old Primary School Headmaster was abducted from his school and bludgeoned to death on the side of the road. Felix Mazava was a teacher, husband and father to five children and worked in an area called Chikomba, an area where a by election is shortly to be held. Mr Mazava's wife said: "They killed him like a dog. Is this democracy?" I weep for Mrs Mazava and her five children and for all the love, laughter and precious moments that have been taken from them by "war veterans". President Mugabe will have to ratify the Abuja Agreement, he will have to make a public statement calling off "war veterans" and he will have to do it soon. There is hope, enormous hope. The end of terror is in sight and until then I continue to wear a small yellow ribbon on my chest in support of all who are suffering in Zimbabwe. People, like those in America, who have names and faces and are just like you and me. Until next week, with love, cathy
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from the Daily News

European Parliament warns Mugabe of tough sanctions

9/14/01 4:18:54 PM (GMT +2)

Ngoni Chanakira Business Editor

The European Parliament last week adopted a resolution calling on the
European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), and
member states to suspend all development co-operation assistance to Zimbabwe
until democracy and the rule of law are fully restored.

The EU MPs also called for tough sanctions against Zimbabwe, including
banning entry of President Mugabe and his close associates into all 15 EU
member states.
In a resolution on Zimbabwe, the EU said it strongly condemned all acts of
the government of Zimbabwe to silence dissent, such as the crackdown on
Press freedoms, seen in a series of attacks on journalists and the
independent Press.
The EU called on the government to comply with its obligations under
international law and to stop harassing and intimidating members of the
The EU said it “condemns the sustained campaign of murder, violence and
intimidation by President Mugabe and the ruling Zanu PF party against
political opponents, farm workers and white farmers”.
The organisation said it condemned the decision on 6 October 2000, to grant
amnesty to anyone liable to criminal prosecution for politically motivated
crimes committed during the period 1 January, 2000 to 31 July, 2000, and
called for an urgent, thorough and impartial investigation of all serious
crimes and other human rights abuses which occurred before, during and after
the election in June, 2000.
The parliament urged the EU to increase pressure on the government to
respect its own land legislation and the tenure rights of both local and
foreign investors.
It urged the government to resolve the question of land distribution through
legal, democratic, non-violent and transparent mechanisms.
Glennys Kinnock, a Labour Member of the European Parliament representing
Wales, demanded that the European Parliament put a “freeze on all assets
held in EU countries by President Mugabe”.
Mugabe has denied that he has any “assets outside Zimbabwe”.
Speaking in Parliament this week, Kinnock, Labour’s development
spokesperson, said: “The European Parliament demands that we impose smart
sanctions on Zimbabwe and that the EU reconsider the suspension of aid.
Euro MPs will call for a travel ban on EU entry for Mugabe and named close
associates, and for the seizure of assets held in EU member states by the
President and his colleagues.”
Kinnock added: “We must use the next few weeks to explore every possible
action before taking that step. With intensive diplomatic negotiations due
to take place over the next month, there is a window of opportunity for
President Mugabe to move back from the brink. The negotiations over the next
few weeks represent an unprecedented opportunity for President Mugabe to
find a way forward.”
She said if after that time there was no progress on any of the issues,
including land seizures and political violence, then it would be useless to
continue with dialogue.
“The EU will have no choice, but to take a tough stance against Mugabe.”

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News from the P. family.

Hello everyone;
I must apologise for not replying to most e-mails lately and also for now
sending you one of these "dupe" letters!  Once we have sorted our lives out,
we will reply individually so please bare with us for now.

Just to let you know that we only have 9 weeks left here in Zim. as we fly
on .th ....Can't believe how the time has flown by.
We have managed to rent another flat in Hre. (2 bedroomd) very small but
useful for storing our furniture and other items that we will be taking with
us to Australia.  We are still in a dilemma as to which container company to
take on as they are all so "over priced" and one has to pay quite a bit in
forex!  We would like to see our container leave Zim by the middle of
October or there about.
N. is still selling tobacco but we are almost at the end and then we will
have to bid a sad farewell to more of our labour because we will no longer
be needing them.  They are terribly stressed by all this and of course have
not been given any land on our farm so really have nowhere to go!  Not fair,
but then nothing is these days.
Our garden is looking it's best in years as we have been able to water 24
hrs a day due to not needing the water for seedbeds and irrigation!  We have
taken ample photo's and will video nearer the time of leaving.  Our house
still has furniture in as we had accumulated plenty of everything over the
past 25 years!  We will be passing the remaining fridges, deepfreezer,
stoves, furniture etc to friends of ours who were "trashed" recently and
have nothing left due to the "land-grabbers" looting and then burning their
home down.  There will be plenty plus so a lot will be passed on to other
farmers who suffered the same loss and we will feel happy knowing that we
were able to help in some way.
Our farm has been completely taken over now and we purely live in the house
and make use of the grading sheds.  Majority of our land has been taken over
by the Police force who manage to visit their lands twice daily in Police
landrovers!  They do this blatantly and we just stand there and watch them
drive by the house......The damage is irreparable as far as the beautiful
indigenous trees go and the once free roaming duiker, kudu and other game.
It is an ongoing daily event to hear the chop-chop of their axes and the
never ending fires which they set in order to make it easier to hunt.  Our
staff or especially one of our staff has been very forthcoming with info.
and so has our immediate black neighbor who has given us lots of interesting
feedback and boy do we know that we are doing the right thing......They are
celebrating our leaving already and have made it clear that we are basically
staying here on "borrowed time".....
M. is in town for 5 days with S. which makes us feel happier as she is
really taking strain with all this stress and trouble around her.  Next week
on Tuesday she will move into Hre. permanently until we fly on 10th Nov.
M. has now been granted South African citizenship which was the first good
news she has received in a long time.
We still do not have any idea really of what to do with our precious dogs
and our cat Slinky.....N.'s sister has kindly offered to have our animals
if we get them down to her in Pretoria.  We are seriously thinking of doing
this but might not have enough time left to organise getting down there.  We
still have cattle to sell but are not allowed to move them due to the foot
and mouth in Zim.  This leaves us in a spot but I guess what will be - will
Sorry if this e-mail sounds a bit glum  -  really not meant to be that way,
in fact, we are feeling pretty excited about our new adventure into Aussie.
and can't wait.   C. is with us now and hopefully we will be able to get
him into Australia with a youth visa.

Sorry this has turned into a book,!

Take care of yourselves and drop us a line when ever possible.
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Is Pol Pot Mugabe’s role model?

9/14/01 4:19:38 PM (GMT +2)

By Charles Frizell

BY definition the actions of the insane are incomprehensible to the sane.

One must, therefore, conclude that Zimbabwe is now being governed by the
insane for no one can give a rational explanation for the present events.
Major news stories have covered the violence and destruction on commercial
farms. Slowly, the recognition is dawning that far more black Zimbabweans
than whites have been the victims of this orgy of intimidation and violence.
But for what purpose is this pogrom being carried out? One could comprehend
but not condone racial hatred against white farmers.

Yet the vast majority who suffer are black. Is this an attempt then at a
show of power, to show who is boss, and the boss may not be challenged in
any way? This is possible. But the action is insane. Even Zanu PF MP Phillip
Chiyangwa has said that an angry and hungry population is dangerous. The
economy of Zimbabwe was built up over the past hundred years to the point
where it was one of the most vibrant and diverse in Africa and the envy of
many others.

Because one cannot actually “see” and “feel” an economy it would appear that
those in power cannot understand the consequences of their actions. When an
entire government is unable to see the linkage between cause and effect, it
is time to panic. It may have seemed like a “good idea at the time” to
peasantise the economy and “empower the masses”. However, that has never
worked, as the Cultural Revolution in China so graphically demonstrated.

The regime of Pol Pot, however, seems to be the model being used in
Zimbabwe. His idea, too, was to move people from the cities to the
countryside in an agrarian revolution that went horribly wrong. Perhaps one
third of the entire population of Cambodia died of starvation or were
executed. No country did anything effective to check this obvious lunatic,
which no doubt encourages those in power in Zimbabwe. Mugabe sees all those
who do not support him as his enemies, but particularly the whites and those
in the cities as well as all those who are able to think for themselves and
draw their own conclusions – such as teachers and civil servants, who have
totally rejected him and his party at the polls.

Therefore, the Pol Pot option may seem attractive. The recent events in
Chinhoyi and Doma have accelerated the economic collapse. However, this is
only the most recent event. There are many other factors that make economic
collapse inevitable: n The deliberate destruction of agriculture not only
means no export of agricultural products but also makes starvation
inevitable. Not many seem to be aware that a great number of these
 “settlers” merely prevent the farmer from farming, they do not actually
grow anything themselves.

The remainder generally have no knowledge of farming and no money for
essential inputs.
-The government-condoned lawlessness has resulted in the outbreak of
foot-and-mouth disease, ending lucrative export of beef to the European
-The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Joseph Made, has said we will import maize
and wheat, but it is common knowledge that there is no foreign exchange to
import food.
- The fixed exchange rate and non-availability of forex has made exports
impossible, thus further reducing foreign currency inflows. The real
exchange rate determined by supply and demand is about $325 to one US$ as
against the official rate of $55 to 1, which exporters are paid. Recent
legislation that attempts to deny this reality cannot succeed.
- Violence and lawlessness have destroyed tourism, a major source of foreign
- Massive corruption at the National Oil Company of Zimbabwe and other
parastatals has siphoned billions of dollars from the economy.
- The huge and unbudgeted payout and continuing monthly stipend paid to the
estimated 70 000 “war veterans” cannot be sustained by the economy.
- Managed interest rates far below inflation were introduced to reduce the
huge public debt burden. Investment and savings now bring a deeply negative
- Zimbabwe’s involvement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo war is a
huge drain on the economy, though the actual amount is a closely guarded
- Arms purchases continue to deplete our currency reserves.
- Introducing the new $500 note Dr Simba Makoni, Minister of Finance, said
this was necessary as the Zimbabwe dollar was now worth only 6 percent of
what it was in 1990. In real terms, the value of our currency appears to be
falling at more than 10 percent a month.

Inflation and the collapse of the dollar mean that money circulation has
almost ceased. This will lead to the death of the already stressed
manufacturing and retail sectors of the economy, and that in turn will lead
to even greater unemployment. There is always an avalanche effect, as the
closure of one business then leads to the closure of others. The above facts
are well-known to all educated Zimbabweans, yet the mayhem continues
unabated. Is it malice, or madness that has brought a once prosperous
country to this state? A common comment from the man in the street now is:
“They are killing us, we will surely die.” Is this, in fact, the intention?
Is Pol Pot the model Zimbabwe’s leadership is following?

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From the Daily News

The amazing disintegrating $5 coin

9/14/01 4:17:45 PM (GMT +2)

Staff Reporters

BARELY three weeks after the launch of the new $5 coin, its outer ring is
coming off, according to reports made to The Daily News yesterday.

The coin is minted at a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) subsidiary, the
recently commissioned $500 million Fidelity Printers and Refiners factory in
President Mugabe officially opened the factory on 30 August.
At the Bulawayo office of the newspaper, more than seven people brought
disintegrating $5 coins whose outer copper rings had separated from the
inner silver grooves.
Abel Sibanda, who runs a flea market in Bulawayo, said: “These coins are not
even a month old, yet they are already giving us headaches. One wonders in
what condition they will be two years from now.”
Our Harare office was inundated with callers complaining about the defective
Ignatius Mabasa, the RBZ spokesman, said in Harare yesterday nobody had
complained to them about the crumbling coins.
“Times are hard so people might be exposing the coins to high temperatures,
in the hope of extracting gold from them since they are bimetallic coins,”
he said.

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From News24 (SA), 13 September

Zimbabweans feared dead in US

Harare - Six Zimbabweans were feared dead following this week's terrorist attacks in the United States, a Zimbabwe government official was quoted as saying in the state-owned Herald on Thursday. Zimbabwe's ambassador to the United States, Simbi Mubako, said at least five Zimbabweans were known to have been working at the World Trade Centre, while one worked in the Pentagon as an engineer. "We don't know if they are alive or got out," Mubako said. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday he was shocked by the "ghastly attacks" on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, in a letter to US President George W Bush. "I have learnt with a deep sense of shock, horror and utter disbelief of the ghastly attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Centre and other attacks," Mugabe said in the letter.

From The Daily News, 13 September

Moyo quizzed over bounced cheques

Bulawayo - Senior Zanu PF officials, including the Vice-President, Joseph Msika, have asked the Minister of State for Information and Publicity, Jonathan Moyo, to explain dishonoured cheques issued to hundreds of people in Bulawayo in the run-up to last weekend’s mayoral and council ward elections. At a stormy provincial executive meeting in Bulawayo last week, Moyo is said to have threatened to walk out in protest. Apart from the cheques issued to residents in his charitable forays, Moyo was also warned to "stop causing chaos" in the party by making haphazard decisions without consulting top party officials. Moyo is apparently being blamed for Zanu PF’s massive electoral defeat in the elections. The MDC won all the seven municipal ward elections and the mayoral poll.

Senior Zanu PF officials said Moyo was behaving like a "loose cannon" and had flouted every standing party rule in his bid to position himself as the most popular politician in Matabeleland. At the meeting, Msika heard how war veterans and top party officials were opposed to Moyo spearheading the party’s campaign which ended in defeat when Zanu PF lost by 60 988 to 12 783 votes in the mayoral contest. The heavy loss is said to have caused panic and anguish within the ruling party. Moyo distributed more than $1 million in cash and issued cheques to community groups and individuals. The money was said to be for projects and black empowerment. Members of the opposition said the exercise was a vote-buying gimmick.

Moyo has remained tight-lipped on the source of the money. Several cheques issued by Moyo for projects are said to have been dishonoured by the banks. Some of the cheques were post-dated to well after the elections. "These young men in the party are causing a lot of chaos," said a senior Zanu PF official. "Moyo was in Bulawayo distributing money without an invitation from the party. It is basically the reason why we lost. He is unpopular with the people. I am glad Msika knows it." Joseph Chinotimba, the self-styled commander-in-chief of farm invasions and war veterans’ leader, was barred from leading Zanu PF’s campaign in the city. At the same time, Moyo was slapped with an order to stop distributing money which Zanu PF officials said made the party look "cheap". Moyo defied the order and, two days before the elections, doled out a total of $400 000 to unemployed youths and women in Tshabalala suburb. A few days before the elections, party officials said Moyo attempted to outshine top provincial officials and barred provincial chairman, Jabulani Sibanda, from giving Msika a briefing on the campaign. But Msika is understood to have snubbed Moyo and maintained he was acting "out of bounds". Msika, sources said, preferred to talk to the party’s acting secretary for the commissariat, Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu. Ndlovu could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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Comment from The Mail & Guardian (SA)

Robert Mugabe Isolated

When Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe returned from Libya last weekend he was full of cheer that the Abuja agreement on Zimbabwe's land reform programme had provided a welcome show of solidarity by African states. By Tuesday that optimism had evaporated as Mugabe had difficulty disguising his resentment of criticism from neighbours. While last week's meeting in Nigeria of Commonwealth foreign ministers, which saw Britain offering to fund land reform in its former colony, might have provided the embattled leader with hope that things were going his way, this week's two-day summit in Harare of Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state appears to have disabused him of any idea that African leaders are on his side.

In his opening address SADC chairperson President Bakili Muluzi of Malawi did not mince words on the danger of Zimbabwe's economic crisis spilling across its borders, while in closed sessions South African President Thabo Mbeki was understood to have been sharply critical of the damaging policies pursued by Mugabe's Zanu PF party. South Africa's relations with Harare have become increasingly strained over Mugabe's reluctance to rein in militia leaders who, during the summit, were unleashing violence on farms in the Beatrice area, south of Harare. Mugabe had even insisted on the heads of state greeting war veteran Joseph Chinotimba, self-styled "leader of farm invasions", on their arrival at Harare airport.

Muluzi announced on Tuesday the formation of a ministerial committee to carry on the work of the regional leaders. He assured reporters that "things are going to change because the government of Zimbabwe is committed to the issues which we have discussed". It is their insistence that Zimbabwe must stick to the rule of law that has stung Mugabe most. The official media, Mugabe's mouthpiece, this week launched scathing attacks on Mbeki and Muluzi. Mbeki had been a "casualty" of the Abuja accord, The Sunday Mail curiously claimed, suggesting South Africa was not a "true African country". The Herald alleged that Mbeki had refused to heed the Pan Africanist Congress at home on the land issue while listening to the opposition in Zimbabwe which, it claimed, opposes land reform. Muluzi was accused of being discourteous to his hosts by lecturing them on the need for the rule of law.

The Abuja agreement obliges the Zimbabwe government to halt land invasions. But as most commercial farms are already under occupation by Mugabe's hired thugs, this will make little difference to violent realities, including the dispossession of about 300 000 farm workers of Mozambican, Malawian and Zambian descent. As Mugabe's popularity wanes as economic privation and political repression mount, so he will resort to every instrument of coercion at his disposal. That means keeping war veterans and other armed supporters on the farms. But while the Harare government needs to mollify its own constituency it is, at the same time, anxious to be seen complying with the Abuja terms.

As this week's events show, Mugabe is facing growing international censure over his self-made crisis. The United States and European Union are threatening sanctions. Mbeki and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria are leading a Commonwealth initiative to bind Zimbabwe to the rule of law. Next month Commonwealth heads of government meet in Brisbane, Australia, to examine ways of tightening measures against rogue members. The Abuja and Harare agreements will likely head off the challenges to Mugabe's renegade rule and enable him to argue that he is cooperating with the international community. But he is unlikely to give up the 2 700 farms seized under the so-called fast-track resettlement scheme which the Supreme Court has declared illegal. And Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge, on his return from Abuja, made it clear that about 4 500 farms designated for acquisition - 90% of the total - will not be delisted, nor will their occupiers be evicted.

Most Zimbabweans agree on the need for land reform. But most insist it must be planned and lawful, enhancing food production rather than sabotaging it. They are supported in this by the United Nations Development Programme and other donors. It is doubtful whether the gulf between the two divergent approaches can be bridged - or whether the international community is prepared to turn a blind eye to the intimidation and electoral rigging taking place as Mugabe feels increasingly cornered by democratic forces. That sense of isolation will have been heightened by last weekend's overwhelming victory for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change in a Bulawayo municipal poll. Mugabe will no doubt soon be breathing defiance again. But with Commonwealth and regional pressure bearing down on him, he will at least get away with less than before while his carefully nurtured myth that Zimbabwe's problems centre on land has finally been laid to rest.

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From The Financial Gazette, 13 September

Mugabe meets rival Tsvangirai

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai met his political rival President Robert Mugabe face to face for the first time in three years this week and bluntly told southern African heads of state to immediately ensure that Mugabe halts government-sponsored violence if free and fair presidential elections are to be held. Tsvangirai laid down what amounted to minimum conditions that must be met for a free and fair ballot to the leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), who met in Harare this week to discuss Zimbabwe’s political and economic meltdown. "We put our position across on all the problems Zimbabwe is facing as a country and, more importantly, we told the SADC leaders the minimum conditions which we want them to ensure are met for a free and fair presidential poll to be held," he told the Financial Gazette.

Tsvangirai, head of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), spoke after meeting the SADC leaders of Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe on Tuesday. Apart from calling for an end to state-led violence, he demanded the setting up of an Independent Electoral Commission to conduct and supervise the presidential poll, an immediate deployment of international observers and that opposition parties be given equal access to the public media. Since independence in 1980, Zimbabwean national elections have been run by the Electoral Supervisory Commission, which is staffed solely by individuals appointed by Mugabe. The government has turned the public media into a propaganda tool for the ruling Zanu PF party while blacking out opposition parties.

Tsvangirai described the meeting at which he met Mugabe for the first time in three years as tense but frank and fruitful. The MDC leader last met Mugabe in 1988 when the former was leader of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) which had just successfully masterminded a nationwide job stayaway in protest against the government’s economic policies. During Tuesday’s meeting in Harare, Mugabe who sat alongside other SADC heads of state, did not pose or answer any issue raised during Tsvangirai’s presentation which lasted almost two hours. Conference sources said Mugabe kept mum, only making inaudible interjections and getting briefings from Vice President Joseph Msika, Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made and Home Affairs Minister John Nkomo. Nkomo, who is also Zanu PF’s national chairman, instead answered issues raised by the MDC leadership on the breakdown of the rule of law in Zimbabwe, the economy, the land, political violence and the conduct of the war veterans. During the meeting, Nkomo accused Tsvangirai of ruining the economy by calling for job stayaways during his stint at the ZCTU.

Tsvangirai said his party’s message was well received by the SADC leaders and that his team had changed their perceptions on Zimbabwe, where the government insists law and order have not broken down. He said he told the SADC summit it was important that Mugabe appreciates that the MDC is a legitimate opposition party in the country which could not be wished away. He stressed that Mugabe ought to come to terms with the fact that Zimbabwe’s one-party rule was over if problems affecting the country were to be resolved through a national consensus. Tsvangirai told the SADC leaders that he had written to Mugabe twice in the past two years suggesting that their two parties meet to find a common ground to resolve the country’s problems but no response had been forthcoming. He said it was a shame that he and Mugabe, as leaders of the major political parties in Zimbabwe, had to meet only at a meeting organised by outsiders.

SADC chairman Bakili Muluzi urged inter-party dialogue and an end to political violence and intimidation if democracy was to work in Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai said he told the SADC leaders that Zimbabwe’s problems centred on crisis governance and that everyone in the country agreed on the need for land reform but differed on methods that had to be used. Zimbabwe has been in crisis since February 2000 when mobs of Zanu PF supporters who call themselves war veterans seized hundreds of commercial farms across the country, already grappling with a recession. Their action, later expanded to include raids on companies, drove away virtually all investment at a time when many companies were already closing because of the poor economic climate, accentuating record unemployment of 60 percent.

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Editorial : Published Wednesday, September 12, 2001 from the Miami Herald.

We'll go forward from this moment

It's my job to have something to say.
They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the
American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting
disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem
to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World
Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn?
Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a
family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family
nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional
energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's
misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready
availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we
walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are
fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle
to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority
of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak.
You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot
be measured by arsenals.


Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still
grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to
make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some
Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel.
Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final
death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism
in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world.
You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall.
This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone
hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental
pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force.
When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any
cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I
think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with
dread of the future.

In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers
pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be
done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security,
misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment
sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.


You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our
character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day,
the family's bickering is put on hold.

As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we
will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe
you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case,
consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't
know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you
just started.

But you're about to learn.
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