The United Nations has “hit a new low” with its decision to honor Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe as an international tourism leader, House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) said Tuesday.
Mugabe has been accused of rigging elections, cracking down on political opponents and plunging his country into economic ruin. The president is an international pariah subject to a travel ban by the United States and the European Union.
But on Tuesday, Mugabe and one of his political allies, Zambian President Michael Sata, inked an agreement for their countries to co-host the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s general assembly in August 2013. The U.N. also sent Mugabe and Sata a letter asking them to serve as “global leaders” for tourism.
They must have picked Mugabe because so many tourists travel to his country to watch the fly-covered, pot-bellied children starve.
The UNWTO controversy comes just days after U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for the suspension of international sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe since 2002.
Under British colonial rule, Rhodesia was known as the Breadbasket of Africa. Then came Hope & Change. It is now known as Zimbabwe. The white-run farms that produced such abundance have been seized in the name of The People and given over to weeds. Mugabe, a socialist, rules with an iron fist from his palace. Inflation has reduced the currency to worthlessness.
At least Zimbabwe offers hope to the USA. If we continue on our current course, the UN will start to like us.
On a tip from Don M.