Robert Mugabe is an excellent example of someone who I loathe and despise, despite the fact that he also annoys a great many right-wing idiots.
"Comrade Mugabe is an anti-colonialist hero to many [people on the left]. He got his lifetime pass long ago – and he’s been using it for a very long time".
Bullshit. I’ve read *nothing* from anyone on the left defending Mugabe. Indeed, organisations that That Type Of Right-Wing Idiot despises, like the UN, NGOs and the BBC, are precisely the ones that have been raising awareness of Mugabe’s evilness and attempting to provide aid so that his mad policies kill fewer people.
Perhaps more to the point, it’s these idiots’ pet Stupid, Lying That It Was Humanitarian But Actually Slaughtering Tens Of Thousands Of Iraqis War that has discredited the concept of humanitarian military intervention for a generation.
If we were to send Western troops to Zimbabwe, Sudan, or indeed *anywhere else*, the countries’ leaders and their neighbours and allies would immediately scream that we were attempting another Iraq-style war of colonisation, and that tens or hundreds of thousands of people would die.
Worse still, this would be the most logically sensible conclusion to draw.