Richard Gott on Zimbabwe, letter to New Statesman, 15 May 2000

Posted: December 13, 2009 in 2000, Africa, the left, Zimbabwe

from http://www.newstatesman.com/200005150035

So Richard Gott, with his unerring progressive instincts, chooses the moment when Robert Mugabe’s thugs are killing white farmers (and oppositionists generally) to tell us that, because of the crimes of their forefathers, these people should have got out of Zimbabwe. Since the Nazi Reich forms such a seminal part of his historical perspective, Gott will no doubt appreciate that there were German writers, at the time of Kristallnacht, eager to provide historical perspective on the crimes of the privileged Jewish minority.

Martin Shaw
Professor in International Relations & Politics,
University of Sussex

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