LUSAKA, Zambia - Zimbabwean received the loudest cheers Thursday at the start of a southern African summit where his country's economic and political turmoil top the agenda.Read it here.
Many in the West blame Mugabe's policies for the severe inflation and acute shortages that have crippled his country, once a regional breadbasket. But the dignitaries' reaction as Mugabe was introduced appeared to reflect the opinion that the longtime ruler has been unfairly targeted — or at least a hesitation to criticize a fellow leader many revere as an anti-colonialist hero.
Such is the poison that anti-colonialism has engendered. And who pays? The people of Zimbabwe, that's who.