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Meet Robert Mugabe, the New Friendly Face of the United Nations

Feckless UN bureaucrats have tried to ban Dante and give Mt. Rushmore back to the Native Americans. Now comes news that serial human rights violator and war criminal Robert Mugabe has been appointed as an International Envoy for Tourism. The Guardian reports this development with wry understatement:

Improbable as it seems, the man widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.

Improbable, perhaps, only to those unacquainted with the United Nations. For the rest of us, the ensuing outrage was predictable:

The development has stunned human rights campaigners and political opponents who regard Mugabe as a tyrant. Kumbi Muchemwa, a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), said: “I can’t see any justification for the man being an ambassador. An ambassador for what? The man has blood on his hands. Do they want tourists to see those bloody hands?”

Mugabe and his allies are subject to EU and US sanctions which prevent him from travelling to countries including Britain, although he does attend the UN general assembly in New York.

Muchemwa continued: “Robert Mugabe is under international sanctions, so how do you have an international tourism ambassador who can’t travel to other countries?

“The UN is losing credibility in this process. Does it think people should go to a country where the law is not obeyed? An MDC activist was murdered last Saturday. Zimbabwe is doing things which don’t encourage the arrival of tourists.”

Indeed. One might similarly say that the UN is doing things which don’t encourage faith in international institutions as moral and political arbiters of the universe.

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  • Walter Sobchak

    Yet another reason, if any more were really needed, to send the UN away and covert its buildings into condos.

  • Lyle Smith

    I like that the UN embodies the incompetency of our anarchic world of nation states. Makes me thankful I’m American.

    Oh, our poor brothers and sisters around the world. I pray for thee.

  • Kenny

    The U.N. should be disbanded or at the very least have its odious presence moved out of America — preferably to Africa.

  • Richard Treitel

    I wonder if those UN delegates have a keener sense of humour than most political commentators. They could be quietly suggesting that Mugabe himself ought to take a holiday. A nice, long one.

  • Corlyss

    Maybe it’s their sly way of getting Mugabe out of the country.

  • Philani.

    kumbi muchemwa u’re disgracer in zimbabwe and Africa if thy is no human rights why are u in zim why are u tlkng nonsence evrytime u’re n idiot where did u c mugabe killing pipo yo stuped part wil never rule zimbabwe idiot i’m 23yrs old i never vote 4 n part in zim bt i knw zanu pf shal rule til Jesus come coz of yo hurt towards mugabe u goin 2 remain a stuped LONG LIVE MR MUGABE.

  • Lorenz Gude

    I witnessed a fair amount of Mugabe’s ruin of Zimbabwe and can only hang my head in shame at the level to which the UN has sunk.

  • Joe Peanut

    This is not true. The UN sent Mugabe a letter suggesting him to try to promote tourism in Zimbabwe as a means of improving their economy. That is quite a stretch from appointing him as “International Envoy for Tourism”.

  • Kris

    Philani@6: “zanu pf shal rule til Jesus come”

    At which point the rocks shall cry out.

  • Knowledge

    Congratulations our only and real FATHER Cde R.G.Mugabe for being the lnternational Envoy of Tourism,pliz show the Westeners that u are a leader from Jehova.

  • Kris

    Yes, thank you Oh Father Mugabe for such excellent fruit!

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