Mugabe

F169 said:
Already signed it. More cause to invade here than Iraq or Afghanistan Tony!

And quite how are we going to do it?

Yes the world would be a far better place without Mugabe but how do you get enough troops into the palce to do the job, assuming of course we have them to spare.
 

delpower

Badgeman
Why do we have to do it?

I am sure there are more countries prepared to do this than the Iraq (the Halliburton war) war.

Just because we may not have the military power to do it, it does not mean that we cant have the will to do it! Africa does not register with the worlds super powers.
 

F169

War Hero
Maxi_77 said:
F169 said:
Already signed it. More cause to invade here than Iraq or Afghanistan Tony!

And quite how are we going to do it?

Yes the world would be a far better place without Mugabe but how do you get enough troops into the palce to do the job, assuming of course we have them to spare.

Get out of Afghanistan & Iraq, dust off a 1960s operational contingency plan, substitute 'Mugabe' for 'Smith'. It is remarkable how well some of the old (50s/60s) TS plans still read, and at least we have a bit more strategic lift than in those days.
 
F169 said:
Get out of Afghanistan & Iraq, dust off a 1960s operational contingency plan, substitute 'Mugabe' for 'Smith'. It is remarkable how well some of the old (50s/60s) TS plans still read, and at least we have a bit more strategic lift than in those days.

OK you've got the men and the machines, you now need to get them there which will at best require you to overfly other countries. Now African countries what ever they think of blokes like Mugabe are more than a trifle sensitive about outside interferance in any countries internal affairs and are not only unlikely to support us and may well oppose us.

Unless you can 'persuade' on of his neigbhors to 'lead' and ask us to help the whole game is a non starter regretably. Just barging in uninvited is more likely to make things worse than make them any better. Equally just making preparations would probably start a wholesale massacre of the opposition justified on the basis they were aiding and abetting a colonial invasion. The very people you rightly want to help would die.
 
Well said Maxi. There will come a point when the people of Zimbabwe will have had enough - civil war is not a nice thing but we certainly don't want to be involved in another war....
 
Personally I think aiding the demise of Mugabe would be one of the more honourable things this country could do, it is more the question of how.

I have heard though his grasp on the reigns of state may be slipping. There are reports he is having difficulty paying the police and army, if this is true he won't last long.
 

slim

War Hero
delpower said:
Why do we have to do it?

I am sure there are more countries prepared to do this than the Iraq (the Halliburton war) war.

Just because we may not have the military power to do it, it does not mean that we cant have the will to do it! Africa does not register with the worlds super powers.

Why do we have to do it. Well in 1966 I was on the Eagle blockading ships entering Mozambique and supplying Rhodesia as it was then with oil. A certain Ian smith was objecting to Rhodesia being handed over to the native population.
Seems 40 years later he was right and we were wrong. The least we can do is try to put the situation (which is of our making) right :evil:
 
Our best hope is for someone to make a citizen's arrest when he next visits London, and for the Police to assist the citizen in making that arrest. He could be held under house arrest for a few weeks, maybe months, pending the extensive investigations (eg his racist remarks about the West) etc., and hopefully by the time we forcably deport him back to Zimbabwe, they'll have been a coup and his head will be on the proverbial block.

Invasion however would be sheer madness.
 
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