ALPERN AT LARGE--If ever there was a reason for humanity to be mortal, it would be to eliminate the worst among us.
Too often has Planet Earth suffered under the oppression of monsters such as Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, or Robert Mugabe, with the deaths and destroyed lives numbering into the tens of millions, only to provide future hope with their final, belated demise.
The counterculture of the United States, and throughout the more leftist extremists among us, is replete with those willing to be abject apologists for bloodthirsty monsters who are "OK" for being so because they're:
- a) Leftist
- b) They overthrew Rightist Dictators (who were all-too-often bloodthirsty monsters in their own right)
Robert Mugabe was one such monster.
He was the ruthless dictator of Zimbabwe and pushed out and/or killed untold white and black residents of the nation formerly known as Rhodesia, which was large run by white farmers and elites. Any efforts to restore ownership of land to black residents, and to allow freedom for all its residents, were entirely undone by the mass killings that he ordered.
And I do NOT, and CANNOT, forget the many articles about the economy of Zimbabwe was driven into the ground, and about how both black and white Zimbabweans were wishing for the former farmers, white or black, to be allowed to return to a more civilized, non-chaotic, way of life.
I also shall not forget how those who fled Zimbabwe, and were my patients, told me of how the thugs of Mugabe would demand their political enemies (usually of a different tribe) make a simple and horrific choice:
"Shall I cut off your arm above the elbow, or below the elbow?"
To be young and naive is one thing, and to be indoctrinated is another, but when DO we demand that the Che Guevara and Mao Zedong shirts be relegated to the realm of anyone celebrating Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin. Che and Mao were responsible for the deaths and misery of so many it is beyond count or even comprehension...
...yet there are those who admire them for their "resistance" to the West, or to Europe, or to America, or to white people, or to some entity that NEVER justifies the killing of tens of thousands, or tens of millions.
Of course, there are those who turn a blind eye, or even and with unheard-of callous cruelty, support the late Hugo Chavez or for his successor Nicolas Maduro. Death by starvation, forcing the refugee situation of millions, and squelched political opposition...that's somehow no big deal because they're resisting "The Man" (whatever the hell that means).
Under the late Mugabe, who was thrown out of power by his own military after trying to install his wife as his successor, the median age of Zimbabwe was 20. His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is 76. Any potential white suppression, real or imagined, is long gone...and most in that nation have known nothing but brutal death and misery at the hands of merciless dictators.
And are dictators who are black any better than those who are white? The young population of Zimbabwe only want qualified, capable government leaders...no less than the subjects of the former Soviet Union or China, who were white or Asian.
Mugabe stated that the opposition political party would never be allowed to rule Zimbabwe, and that only God would remove him. Fortunately that happened, decades too late, and no less than what happened to the aged Fidel Castro or Josef Stalin or Mao Zedong.
Supposedly, Mugabe, who died in exile in Asia at age 95 (compare that age to the aforementioned median age of 20), was bitter when he died. Imagine how bittter virtually all the people of his nation (if the person reading this piece even gives a damn about them as actual people) must be that he didn't succumb earlier.
Or Castro. Or Zedong. Or Stalin. At least Hitler and Guevara were taken out because they pissed off too many people and didn't rule in a closed-off protectorate like Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
On a final note, whether one hates or likes Tucker Carlson of Fox News, he at least got the U.S. Embassy to delete a tweet praising Mugabe.
What the hell the United States government was doing praising leftist monster Mugabe any more than Maduro of Venezuela is beyond anyone's sensible understanding (at least for those of us who read history books and keep up with world events), but on this issue Carlson was right.
Mugabe helped "liberate" black Zimbabweans from their white rulers...only to require old age and death to allow Zimbabwe to be liberated from him.
May he rot in hell … and may the rest of us pick up a history book and recognize true heroes, like Nelson Mandela of South Africa, in sharp contrast than any vicious and inhuman monster to the late, godawful Robert Mugabe.
(CityWatch Columnist, Kenneth S. Alpern, M.D, is a dermatologist who has served in clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties, and is a proud husband and father to two cherished children and a wonderful wife. He was (termed out) also a Westside Village Zone Director and Board member of the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC), previously co-chaired its Outreach Committee, and currently is Co-Chair of its MVCC Transportation/Infrastructure Committee and Vice-Chair of its Planning Committee. He was co-chair of the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee and chaired the nonprofit Transit Coalition and can be reached at Ken.Alpern@MarVista.org. He also co-chairs the grassroots Friends of the Green Line at www.fogl.us. The views expressed in this article are solely those of Dr. Alpern.)