Jimmy Carter refused entry into Zimbabwe

They sure don’t make them like Jimmy Carter anymore. He’s 84 and still traveling the world for humanitarian missions. Can you imagine someone like Bush lifting a finger to help anyone below a CEO or oil dictator after he leaves the White House? I give credit to Kofi Annan as well who never seemed to give a damn about Zimbabwe when he was at the UN, perhaps constrained by the African infighting at the UN (and AU) and previous refusal to criticize a fellow African leader regardless of their brutality or corruption. For now, that’s all history and it’s a welcome change to see on the ground attempts to force the issue on a global scale.

Kofi Annan and Carter announced earlier in the week that regardless of the Mugabe warnings, they would travel to Zimbabwe. Zim has experienced years of hunger courtesy of incompetence and cronyism and now the people are facing an outbreak of cholera. The Thabo Mbeki plan of coddling Robert Mugabe has been about as successful as Bush’s plan to coddle Wall Street except in the case of Zim, people are dying.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he and others have been refused entry to Zimbabwe for a humanitarian mission.

Carter says he and other members of The Elders group were informed Friday night by former South African President Thabo Mbeki that efforts to secure travel visas had failed.

The Elders group was formed by Nelson Mandela and includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Mandela’s wife Graca Machel, an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights.

Thabo Mbeki really needs to get out of the way before more people die.


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