The Closet Moderate: If I were Brad DeLong, I'd call this a death spiral

Saturday, September 20, 2008

If I were Brad DeLong, I'd call this a death spiral

I'd like to say I've been following the situation in Zimbabwe with great interest, but I've basically been getting all my information from Chris Blattman's excellent development economics blog. However, it does seem to me that you shouldn't, in the course of a single article, credit a man for "successfully negotiating peace resolutions in Congo, Sudan, and, most recently, Zimbabwe", and then immediately claim that he "earned ignominy ... for refusing to join other world leaders in condemning Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's brutal and ruinous rule", as if these two things existed in entirely separate, unrelated universes.

In this case, though, it might not be the Washington Post's fault exactly, but rather our stupid, stupid world for being a place where Mbeki has to take crap for resolving a crisis Zimbabwe when everyone else was standing around with their thumbs up their asses.

1 comment:

Silent Cal said...

The Post, like a lot of Western commenters, allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good. Mbeki is not as good as South Africa's previous president -- but since the previous president is Nelson Fucking Mandela, that's kind of a tough act to follow.

The guy's not perfect, but in three or four years, the Post will likely be saying how Zuma is awful and much worse than Mbeki used to be.