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The acronym spells out the specifics of Robert Mugabe's plan to remain in power in the aftermath of the first round of Presidential voting in Zimbabwe:

President Robert Mugabe summoned his top security officials to a government training center near his rural home in central Zimbabwe on the afternoon of March 30. In a voice barely audible at first, he informed the leaders of the state security apparatus that had enforced his rule for 28 years that he had lost the presidential vote held the previous day.

Then Mugabe told the gathering he planned to give up power in a televised speech to the nation the next day, according to the written notes of one participant that were corroborated by two other people with direct knowledge of the meeting.

But Zimbabwe's military chief, Gen. Constantine Chiwenga, responded that the choice was not Mugabe's alone to make. According to two firsthand accounts of the meeting, Chiwenga told Mugabe his military would take control of the country to keep him in office or the president could contest a runoff election, directed in the field by senior army officers supervising a military-style campaign against the opposition.

Mugabe, the only leader this country has known since its break from white rule nearly three decades ago, agreed to remain in the race and rely on the army to ensure his victory. During an April 8 military planning meeting, according to written notes and the accounts of participants, the plan was given a code name: CIBD. The acronym, which proved apt in the fevered campaign that unfolded over the following weeks, stood for: Coercion. Intimidation. Beating. Displacement.

The story makes for shocking and appalling reading. Go through it . . . if you have the stomach. Perhaps not to anyone's surprise, it is reported that when the CIBD campaign began showing its bloody and politically desirable--from Mugabe's perspective--results, Mugabe started laughing and joking with his associates again.

And why not? Sadists enjoy inflicting pain and torture, after all.

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If Mugabe were to kick the bucket, so to speak, would that mean Chiwenga might be in next line for power? If we suppose he is acting in his own self-interest by keeping Mugabe on throne, can we be sure he is the real power behind scene? Maybe he is one who we have to keep an eye on in not so distant future.

In fact, that tells me one thing about Mugabe: he's not going to be around here for a long time. And that fact alone doesn't bode Zimbabwe very well if Chiwenga takes over.

Daniel 2:20 And he [God] changeth the times and seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

that elections provide. That's why the Soviets had elections, why Saddam held elections and why Castro in Cuba still holds elections. Sad really.

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

as Rhodesia came to an end. The army was 70% black and all volunteer, the whites were conscripts. The terrorist had 6 months to live from joining up (though usually forced). There were two major tribes, Matabele and Mashona. Nkomo was Matabele, Mugabe was Mashona. The Matabele were offshoots from the Zulu, warriors; and the regarded the Mashona as the dogs to do with as they will.... this is Africa, my birth place. When about to enter a firefight believe me you hoped that it was not Matabele.

At that time Rhodesia was feeding a large portion of Africa. The Zambians sent their copper out through the "enemy's" country because it always got to it's destination. The local population did well financially, were educated, healthy and the only danger to them were the terrorists, who savaged and butchered them beyond the imagination of what I could envisage. It was just a taste of what the future held for them.

Were the whites totally humane? No, but those born of Africa had a real love of the African, it was the European imports that were the worst, but they too were light years away from the terrorists.

The West then stepped in to do what they do best, appease. They appeased their voters regardless of the devastation and suffering they may cause to others.... sounding familiar yet?

Further, I don't believe that anyone is going to go into Zim and change it, how does that play for the black vote? Attacking a sovereign Black Nation who poses no danger to the West....

Even Dubya, whom I believe to be one of the best presidents ever (if he had only used the veto pen more there would have been no contest), will do nothing. South Africa, nothing, as it is the same dynamic, Zulus no longer the ruling tribe....

These other two monkeys (McCain and Hussein) are even more skilled at appeasement. Though I believe McCain will at least try to keep America safe.

My 2 cents worth for what it is worth....

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