Briefing from ROAPE Volume 4 Number 9
UK-US Proposals for a Zimbabwe Settlement: Whose Benefit?
An insidious aspect of the constant round of negotiations is the way in which the British role (and now the American role, also) is presented as neutral. The British Government soberly characterises itself as the arbitrator between the undesirable extremes of white racism and violent black nationalism. An admirable exercise in public relations! British authority kindly and patiently intervenes to separate white and black extremists, to stop them from killing each other and from destroying Zimbabwe's promising economic future. After installing the "neutral caretaker administration" (page 4 of the British Government White Paper) the US and the UK propose to hand over $1.5 billion to the majority rule government to develop the country. How big of them! And what a big prize for those willing to say ‘yes’ to an offer, it is hoped, they can't refuse. However, in the harsh realpolitik of today's international affairs, only the naive could expect to get something for nothing. What's in it for Britain and the US?