February 26, 2011

SOMEBODY SHOULD HAVE SHOT MUGABE YEARS AGO: Zimbabwe Prof Arrested, Tortured for Watching Viral Vids. And plenty of Zimbabweans know where the people who arrested him live. They should do something about it. Rule-of-law concerns don’t apply in a murderous dictatorship, which Zimbabwe’s certainly is.

UPDATE: M. Simon emails:

I do agree with you but it causes problems “after”. Look at France’s post WW2 with governments changing every year or less because of the loss of rule of law caused by guerrilla warfare. It also explains why Franco was so good for Spain long term. It was still suffering from Wellington’s Peninsula Campaign 120 years later.

May I suggest reading B.H.L. Hart’s “Strategy” (a classic in the field and recommended reading for every member of the military from E-1 up) on the problems of irregular warfare. I re-read the book every year.

I read that back in high school. But yeah, it’s dangerous medicine, only applicable in extremis. But Zimbabwe is really sick, and has been for a long, long time. If it doesn’t justify guerrilla resistance, not much would.

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