I KNOW very little about foreign policy, but enough to understand that Zimbabwe has either a dead foreign policy or a destructive one.
A country’s foreign policy
aims to make friends with other nations, to join forces with them in creating a peaceful global village. A country’s foreign policy answers questions about human rights, democracy, the rule of law, among other things.
Mugabe has re-invented our foreign policy regime, converting it into an arsenal against his personal enemies who include his own people. The results are spectacular.
Now Zimbabwe makes enemies every day, antagonises traditional allies and disappoints those who once idolised us. Zimbabwe exports headaches to its neighbours while it alienates itself from the rest of the world.
In response to the international community’s enquiries about human rights, democracy and the rule of law, citizens are tortured and killed, draconian laws are invented and applied with surgical dedication against journalists and human rights activists.
Recently, Mugabe has been urging China to transform into an alternative global power to the US.
This is a foreign policy strategy deriving from recklessness, arrogance, and an irreversible suicidal streak. I haven’t had the opportunity to spy on any country’s foreign policy formulating meeting, but my guess is that they do not make foreign policies seeking aggression or personal alienation any more.
I’m not suggesting that small nations shouldn’t engage the powerful on matters of mutual concern. The international political arena is open; leaders from great and small nations grapple in a perpetual duel to shape global behaviour and ideals. But it costs to play this game; a country’s economic status determines who it does or doesn’t align with.
That decision is always based on economic expectations.
What does Zimbabwe gain from encouraging China to confront the West? Mugabe seems determined to extend the so-called Chimurenga Three into some sort of global superpower confrontation. This is taking madness to a new level, folks.
Let’s assume Mugabe’s pampering of China was simply a clever ploy to have the Chinese replace the Bretton Woods funding institutes and fill our begging bowl. This bowl is so huge that the famed Asian economic Tiger offers little, if any, salvation from our economic woes.
Even if we get a penny from the Malaysians and the Chinese, we’d still be extending our begging bowl to the West, through Asia. Their economies are dependent on the West.
International politics is all about economics. Zimbabwe hasn’t got the muscle to grapple with or distance itself from the rest of the world. It will tire out, if not tumble into oblivion altogether, while its so called enemies flourish.