Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at CinnamonStillwell.com.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

UCLA Professor Praises Zimbabwe's Dictator Robert Mugabe

As further evidence of the not-so-great minds inhabiting higher education, political science professor and director of the UCLA Globalization Research Center on Africa, Edmond J. Keller, recently made the following statement about Zimbabwe's destructive dictator, Robert Mugabe:
Mugabe has tried to start programs that would increase indigenous business opportunities, but the high inflation rate, the worthless Zimbabwe currency; and a vibrant civil society which has become anti-government make it impossible for him to hold on to power.
That's funny, last I checked, Mugabe had been in power for 28 years. And he's been destroying the country (once labeled the "bread basket of Africa" and now mired in poverty and tyranny) ever since.

Indeed, Keller's commentary brings to mind Sen. Patty Murray's (D-Wash.) ludicrous remarks in 2002 praising terrorist leader Osama bin Laden for allegedly "building day care" and "health care facilities." It's the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" syndrome, and it's rampant on the left. Siding with America or the West, however appropriate in some cases, must be avoided at all costs.

Considering that Keller made his statement to The Final Call, the "official communications organ" of the Nation of Islam, which titles the article in question, "West demands regime change for Zimbabwe," it begins to make sense. Not to mention that Keller's specialties include "Afro-Marxist regimes." Too bad it's the African people who are being oppressed by their, er, great leaders.

But I'm sure Zimbabwe's Movement for Democracy leader, Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, appreciates the support from his "brothas" in revolution.

Update: A reader alerted me to photos of Mugabe's excessively luxurious and gaudy palace, details of which appear in this article in The Sun. Quite a stark contrast to the starvation and poverty subsuming Zimbabwe, but par for the course, unfortunately, for African dictators and beyond.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Americaneocon said...

Thanks Cinnamon: Keller's works in comparative politics were on recommended reading lists when I was in graduate school, although not on the core reading lists.

No matter. I'm not surprised to hear he'd make a statement like this.

Keep up your good work!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:31:00 PM  
Anonymous GM Roper said...

My Dear Cinnamon,

This guy has a Piled Higher n' Deeper? Wow, didn't know Sears and Roebuck handed those out to their lower level clerks! Amazing!!!

Spot on dear friend, spot on!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Mugabe is a tyrant and has run Zimbabwe into the ground.

Thursday, May 01, 2008 6:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The high inflation rate, the worthless Zimbabwe currency; and the anti-government sentiment are ALL MUGABE'S FAULT!!! No wonder they have all made it impossible for him to hold on to power.

This clown Keller is a maroon!

Friday, May 02, 2008 12:43:00 PM  

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