Friday, December 19, 2008

(NEWZIMBABWE) Zimbabwe sanctions and terrorist diplomacy

Zimbabwe sanctions and terrorist diplomacy

An extract from Reserve Bank Governor Dr Gideon Gono's new book Zimbabwe's Casino Economy: Extraordinary Measures for Extraordinary Challenges:

Posted to the web: 17/12/2008 13:35:14

I BELIEVE that, if properly scrutinised in diplomacy, politics and ethics, it should not be very difficult to appreciate that illegal economic sanctions are not different from sanitised terrorism.

As instruments of foreign policy, the objectives of terror and illegal economic sanctions are the same: terror, which is generally described as a state of fear or an overwhelming sense of imminent danger.

The individuals, institutions and companies in Zimbabwe that have been targeted for sanctions from the powerful Western countries are supposed to be terrorised by a continuing sense of imminent danger.

The same is true for ordinary people who are being made to understand that the illegal economic sanctions would not be lifted as long as Zanu PF and President Mugabe remain in power: they are supposed to fear Zanu PF rule by definition and to see it as a very dangerous thing to have.

As such, it seems to me clear that illegal economic sanctions have been to Zimbabwe what terrorism has been to the United States, Britain and other European countries.

It should not, therefore, surprise anyone that the government of Zimbabwe has responded to the threat of illegal sanctions in the same way that the United States and Britain, for example, have responded to terrorism.

Countries, big or small, respond to terror in the same way, notwithstanding the fact that the response of small, developing countries such as Zimbabwe does not have the same weight and moral justification as that of the big and powerful countries that are in a better position to use overwhelming propaganda to justify their response.

Put differently, the illegal economic sanctions are an example of coercive terrorist diplomacy in so far as their objective is to induce fear. This is partly if not mainly why I have characterised the situation I found on the ground when I assumed my appointment in December 2003 as very extraordinary and requiring extraordinary measures. Terrorism by any other name and under any other cover is extraordinary and invites an extraordinary response.

(Zimbabwe’s Casino Economy: Extraordinary Measures for Extraordinary Challenges is published by ZPH Publishers Pvt Ltd. E-mail sales *** or call +2634497007 to order a copy)

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