Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, March 28, 2003

This sounds like pure wishful thinking.

Opposition leaders in Zimbabwe are urging the nation's soldiers and police to disobey orders to crush any show of dissent against the government.

"The time has now come for the security forces to make that historic choice of either being with the people or against them," the Movement for Democratic Change said in a statement.

The opposition call follows a wave of intense violence against its officials and supporters who took part in a two-day strike against President Robert Mugabe's government last week.

Independent human rights monitors said at least 250 people were treated for injuries from sexual assaults and beatings following a brutal post-strike crackdown against the opposition headed by Morgan Tsvangirai.

These troops have gotten nothing but power and plunder for supporting Mugabe and have been doing so since they were teenagers. The odds of them changing sides now seems pretty slim.

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