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A couple of years ago I met a high up ZANU party member who had been a Lieutenant in the Guerrilla wars in then Rhodesia. He had since been a driver to Mugabe's second in command and was also given a farm as payment for his services. He still had a position in the government which he did not discuss. The evidence was in the three young men, aged in their late teens and early twenties, who were accompanying him.
He was extremely charming to me and we had a long and interesting conversation about Zimbabwe. He made no secret of the fact that he and everyone else hated Mugabe and just wished he would die. He had nothing but contempt for Mugabe's wife who he said was just a money grubbing power hungry manipulator and he foresaw what is now happening. His old boss who had been second in command to Mugabe has indeed been ousted and Mrs Mugabe is fast being groomed to become Mugabe's replacement. She even did a fast track course of three months to gain a degree in Sociology because she was so unhappy about being called an uneducated simpleton. Nonetheless she was building a palace which my informant said was hated by all the people who were living around it and starving.
This man loved Britain and hoped that Mugabe would just die and allow Zimbabwe to renew relations with the UK. He treated me like a relative because I was born there and said he would kill an ostrich if I would visit his farm. This was in African terms a very generous and extremely kind reaction.
The point of my story is that the three young men with him were sitting near us while we were talking. They seemed so miserable that they paid no attention, though I have no doubt that had their superior clicked his fingers I would have been mincemeat. He told me that these boys were on duty for two months and then he would take them, among others, to the UK to recover and have a holiday before going back to Zimbabwe for another two months duty.
I had a strong suspicion that these unfortunate boys were enforcers, cracking down on dissidents. When they were introduced to me I hesitated but did shake their hands and wished them well. I suspected I was shaking the hands of torturers and murderers but in my mind I was treating them as people who did not enjoy what they did but were probably coerced into those actions by their boss, who himself wanted to be accepted and acceptable but felt he had to do his bit in keeping the power structures going or he would lose everything.
The western youth going to the Middle East remind me perhaps of the three Zimbabwean boys who had become the useful idiots and enforcers of a brutal regime. How can they bear doing the dirty work of Jihad? Those three Zimbabweans were very disturbed.
User_7955 Jan 14, 2015
It rings true that although individuals may play a role in "the system", doesn't necessarily mean they think "the system" is good. This is probably a wider sociological/psychological factor that may go some way towards explaining a lot of lost productivity, inefficiency, corruption, and perhaps as you say even torture and terrorism in the world.
SMI Jan 14, 2015
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Mind Games pt ' Nine, Sir, Teen, Sir!'Mind Games pt Nine, Sir, Teen, Sir!! This was made entirely from the brilliant 'Gold texture' stock by cd-stock.deviantart.com/ .
"Tenser said the tensor. Tenser said the tensor..." the tactless saboteur was being hustled discreetly out through the back doors... "Tension, apprehension and dissension have begun..." And then the unexpected happened; like, whenever didn't it? I heard a slurred counting, As if from the theatre projection booth, 'rrra wun, doo, three four.., like the lead in to 'Tax Man' but then George Harrison's guitar intro to Sgt Pepper's was played into the hall a split second later at deafening volume!
As soon as the surprisingly youthful looking spectators had settled back to let the evening roll my ear worm was forgotten and I listened to the music along with everyone else. Most of them thought this was THE 'wind up' signal and not just A wind up. They were clapping to the beat and after a bit the clapping merged into continuous cataract of sound as the entire place erupted once more with wildly appreciative applause. Dr Markram was almost literally cheered
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