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Zimbabwe’s power-sharing agreement seems to be coming to grief:

Zimbabwe’s troubled power-sharing process stumbled again on Tuesday as negotiators met but again failed to agree on how ministries should be distributed among the ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe and the two Movement for Democratic Change branches.

The delay in forming a government following the signing of the unity pact on September 15 led the government of neighboring Botswana to express its concern. Its foreign ministry issued a statement saying the deadlock was “disturbing and…cannot be ignored.”

The problem with sharing power with a dictator is, dictators don’t share power. By definition. Duh.

I’m not sure if anything less than a revolution can save Zimbabwe. And as bloody and awful and expensive as revolutions are, I’m not sure if one would be more bloody and awful and expensive as the status quo. Oh, and let’s be honest here — “sharing power” is little more than “status quo” with a little international face-saving thrown in for President-for-life-or-better-or worse Mugabe.