Now Mugabe wants to be pals with West
Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe wants friendly relations with Western countries, but this is because he wants sanctions against his country lifted, rather than holding out a real hand of friendship. He has long accused the US and Britain of ruining the economy in retaliation for his government’s seizing of white-owned farms. The West also detests his human rights abuses, including murder and torture of opponents and his blockading of the media. Mugabe formed a unity government in February with his nemesis, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, to try to reverse the nine-year economic collapse. But, at the same time, he still urges youths in his Zanu-PF party to go and take more farms.