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Cablegate: Media Reaction President Bush;S Visit to Africa;

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION PRESIDENT BUSH;S VISIT TO AFRICA;
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1. Under headline "Tsvangirai exhibits inferiority
complex" the government-controlled daily "The
Herald" dedicated its July 10 editorial to hailing
President George W. Bush and his South African
counterpart Thabo Mbeki for coming up with a shared
position on how to resolve Zimbabwe's political and
economic crisis. Excerpts follow:

2. ". . .Yesterday, (Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC)leader Morgan Tsvangirai) was told loud and clear that
whatever he wants in Washington he must go through the
South African President, Thabo Mbeki, whom he has lately
described as a dishonest broker. His political immaturity
and incorrigibility has truly gone international - he wants
to appeal to the American President to take over the
brokerage of the discussion between his party and the
ruling ZANU PF party. Instead of winning friends,
Tsvangirai has sought to demonize those he expected to help
him like insulting President Mbeki as an `imperialist.' He
has sought to demean African heads of state at every turn
while pandering to European and American leaders like a
poodle. The South African President smartly told Bush that
the Zimbabwean problem was a domestic issue that needed a
home-grown solution and not one baked in Washington. The
American President saw no offense in this and agreed that
he follow the lead of President Mbeki. . .The MDC has had
the comfort of being told by small American and British
bureaucrats that the American President will be sending
troops to remove President Mugabe from power and Tsvangirai
and his lieutenants have fallen for this lie. But
yesterday they had a good wake-up call - no such thing will
happen. If Bush is struggling to decide whether he should
send American troops to Liberia then this should be food
for thought for the opposition. . . ."

SULLIVAN

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