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Cablegate: Media Reaction Sadc Mutual Defense Pact Hailed;

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KMDR ZI KAPO
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION SADC MUTUAL DEFENSE PACT HAILED;
HARARE

1. Under headline "SADC Mutual Defense Pact welcome
development" the August 25 edition of the government-
controlled daily "The Herald" carried the following
op-ed by Caesar Zvayi:

2. ". . .The events of September 11, 2001 an obvious
backlash by the disgruntled bullied, provided the
U. S. with a much-needed cover for its imperialist
drive by launching the so-called `war on
terror. . .,' What is interesting about these
`search wars' is that the declared reasons for war
are never found but each time strong governments are
always removed to pave way for spineless Western
stooges. . .The countries that have been targeted by
the U. S. and its running dog, Britain, all have two
things in common. The first is revolutionary
governments and strong leaders that are unflinching
in the face of bullish overtures from Washington or
London. The second attribute being the possession
of strategic natural resources that are in great
demand in the Group of 8. Both of these attributes
abound in the SADC region, which is probably the
reason why both Bush and Blair embarked on their
African safaris to assess their chances under the
guise of philanthropy. . .In this scheme of things,
revolutionary governments have to pave way for
stooges who would open up the enormous resources
abounding in such countries to free plunder by
Western overlords. . .These factors make the SADC
region a target of the new imperialist vision which
is the reason why the drafting of the SADC Mutual
Defense Pact. . .is a welcome development that is
bound to ensure the collective security of member
states. . .A united SADC defense force will act as a
deterrent to the machinations of the Western
overlords in this unipolar world. The moral
decadence and abuse of power by the U. S, and UK was
probably foreseen by former U. S. President F. D.
Roosevelt where he said: `The means by which we live
have outdistanced the ends for which we live for we
have guided missiles and misguided man.' How
prophetic these words are in the third millennium
where two misguided men, Bush and Blair, are using
pre-emptive strikes to launch guided missiles on
defenseless nations in a so-called war on
terror. . .and a search for WMD by using WMD! What
double standards?"

SULLIVAN

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