Tired of war; but tired of bullies, too
By Tichaona Zindoga My Turn
Being a decent and peace-loving people, Zimbabweans hate war and suffering. Perhaps it is because we saw and endured war, a brutal war, in the late 1960s to the late 1970s, even though we emerged victors.
Those that witnessed the inhumanness
of war do not want to return
to the bush because of the carnage.
War is ugly: even some of us
that never partook in it feel its
creepiness; its needlessness.
Let those go to war that are brave
enough (where there is real cause)
or foolish enough (as in the case of
some among us who would dare
the country's liberators to go "chain
the country back where it was
shackled" by colonial settlers).
This is not cowardice.
War is just wrong, although some
people will always find justification
There are even what are called
just wars, which essentially was
what Barack Obama was trying tell
the world when he was being
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in
Here is what this man who illdeserved
the prize, said in part, "We
will not eradicate violent conflict in
our lifetimes. There will be times
when nations - acting individually
or in concert - will find the
use of force not only necessary but
morally justified... So yes, the instruments
of war do have a role to
play in preserving the peace ...
Peace requires responsibility.
"Peace entails sacrifice. That's
why NATO continues to be indispensable
Such an irony!
But of course we know that
some countries are addicted to war.
They enjoy it; it is sport: and now
they have devised killer machines
called drones that are operated like
video games which are designed so
marvelously, well, they reap lives
in far-away lands without the inconvenience
of American body
Some countries like America also
derive their livelihoods from war
through control of resources such
as oil and their companies benefit
from both manufacturing implements
of war and by undertaking
War-mongers like Barack
Obama are the ultimate darlings
of the so-called military-industrial
The devil himself, the ultimate
Grim Reaper, should be smiling
as mankind gets dehumanised and
decimated by war; by a leader that
tells us that there will always be
violent conflict; whose architect
and winner, of course is the sole
Perhaps I am wrong.
Maybe because I do not work
for CNN or some such Western
media outlet that thrives on conflict
and appears to love war and
We are different.
That is why I am deeply disturbed
by what is happening in
the world today that seems to
suggest a hurtling towards a World
War or some such catastrophe,
which must please the likes of
Ukraine is the latest flashpoint.
The US and Russia have crossed
swords and such an encounter does
not make for friendly duel.
It is war.
The actions and rhetoric so far
seem to suggest the beginning of
another World War.
The US (providing US$5 billion)
and its Western allies aided a
neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine that installed
elements linked or affiliated
to the murder of Jews and Poles
during World War II.
Western countries' provocative
behaviour, a relic of the Cold War,
targets Russia not only in seeking
to weaken its sphere of influence
but also deliberately encircle it.
Russia is not blind to this. It has
flexed its muscle.
Its intervention in Crimea,
where there are majority ethnic
Russians who identify with it and
need its protection, and the vote
over the weekend legitimises it – is
stuff of statecraft and war.
Tensions are now very high.
The US, forever the policeman
of the world, has imposed sanctions
on Russia, and warns of more
Obama on Monday issued sanctions
in light of the "actions and
policies of the Russian government
with respect to Ukraine - including
through the deployment of
Russian military forces in the
Crimea region of Ukraine - (that)
undermine democratic processes
and institutions in Ukraine;
threaten its peace, security, stability,
sovereignty, and territorial integrity;
and contribute to the misappropriation
of its assets."
(All very noble ideals, which the
US alone is permitted to tout when
it sees fit.) The US wants to teach
the "Russian government that there
are consequences for their actions".
The sanctions target top officials
in Russia, including aides to Russian
President Vladimir Putin, members
of the Duma, the Head of the
Federation Council, the Deputy
Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
and top officials of the
Such sanctions are hardly overtures
for peace. And Russia will not
stand with arms folded. Just consider
what one news presenter
Dmitry Kiselev said in light of the
continued belligerence by the US:
"Russia - (is) the only country in
the world capable of transforming
the US into radioactive ash ..."
Now this is not something to joke
Any carelessness in this will have
catastrophic consequences, and it is
the poor, innocent man, woman and
child - and future generations -
that will suffer the grim comeuppance.
Like in Japan at the end of
World War II.
Like in Vietnam, where we saw
the grim pictures this week of children
suffering from a range of physical
deformities caused by agent orange
which the US used in the 1960s,
including missing or underdeveloped
limbs and extremely curved
Some are deaf, blind and mute,
while others have been bed-ridden
for most of their young lives.
There are similarly depressing
images from past war zones such
as Iraq post 1990s and post 2003.
Maybe the CNN and other
Western media enjoy them - that
is in secret - because they never
go back to show such horrors despite
always leading their countries
We don't enjoy such grim pictures.
The saner world doesn't.
Yet one gets to enjoy it, in a
guarded sort of way, when countries
like Russia stand up to the
bullying of the US: it sort of balances
The unilateralism that makes
the US behave like a school bully
has to stop.
It should have been stopped by
common sense, but the tragedy is
that such sense has never been a
factor in the world.
I shudder to think that God is
referred in some contexts as the
God of war.
Our pious God, he cannot be
Or particularly identify with the
likes of Barack Obama.