The parallels between Zimbabwe and Darfur are striking
Robert Mugabe has rigged the elections, terrorised his opponents and reduced Zimbabwe, a once prosperous country that was once known as "the breadbasket of Africa" to ruins. Whilst all this has gone on, the President of South Africa, his next door neighbour has barely uttered a murmur of protest. The African Union has voiced its concern but has done little else.
Meanwhile in Darfur, the killing of civilians has continued with hundreds of thousands of deaths and over 2.5 million people being displaced. Despite the fact that the victims are Muslim, The Organization of the Islamic Conference which represents Muslim countries is attempting to block the UNs critical report into the catastrophe.
Notice any parallels here?
The logic of Thabo Mbeki and the OIC are the same, racial solidarity trumps everything.
Apartheid is evil, Zionism is racism, the invasion of Iraq was an attack on all Muslims etc. etc. but if African dictators want to terrorise their subjects, or if the Arab population of Sudan wants to kill off all the Africans in Darfur, that's all well and good....providing the perpetrators aren't white, they're perfectly happy to look the other way.
It all makes a mockery of the struggle against apartheid. You wonder what the ANC were fighting for all these years? Were they against dictatorship or simply the idea of a white dictatorship?