Birds of a feather

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WHEN you start agree­ing with Robert Mu­gabe on an is­sue, you know you have en­tered the realm of the un­be­liev­able.

But when it comes to Don­ald Trump, any­thing is pos­si­ble.

A week ago, the Amer­i­can pres­i­dent threat­ened to “to­tally de­stroy North Korea” when he ad­dressed the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

He also mocked Kim Jong-un, the leader of that coun­try, by call­ing him “Rocket Man”.

En­ter Mu­gabe, who de­cided to speak truth to power.

“Are we hav­ing a re­turn of Go­liath to our midst, who threat­ens the ex­tinc­tion of other coun­tries,” he asked.

“Please blow your trum­pet – blow your trum­pet in a mu­si­cal way to­wards the val­ues of unity, peace, co-operation, togetherness, di­a­logue, which we have al­ways stood for and which are well-writ in our very sa­cred doc­u­ment, the char­ter of the UN.”

You couldn’t but agree with the Zim­bab­wean pres­i­dent.

How­ever, at the ripe old age of 93, he may have for­got­ten the role he played in the bru­tal­ity that was un­leashed on his own peo­ple in the mid-1980s.

Zim­babwe’s 5th Brigade, which re­ported di­rectly to Mu­gabe, bru­tally crushed an up­ris­ing in Mata­bele­land.

Thou­sands of peo­ple were killed, and atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted.

This unit was trained by army of­fi­cers from the very coun­try that Trump cur­rently has in his sights: North Korea.

Back in the day when Mu­gabe was a charis­matic leader with in­tegrity, he formed a close bond with Kim Jong-iI, the cur­rent North Korean leader’s fa­ther.

Mu­gabe even trav­elled to the Asian coun­try shortly af­ter tak­ing power.

Mu­gabe was right to crit­i­cise Trump, but he must also re­alise that, from Trump’s per­spec­tive, he fits into the same cat­e­gory as the cur­rent North Korean leader.

What’s that about birds of a feather flock­ing to­gether?

There is no short­age of crack­pots in this world.

Take Sheikh Saad al-Ha­jari as an ex­am­ple. The Saudi cleric re­cently claimed women should not be able to drive be­cause they have only a quar­ter of a brain.

Fol­low­ing the out­rage that erupted on so­cial me­dia, he was banned from giv­ing ser­mons in the king­dom.

Then there is David Meade, an Amer­i­can who calls him­self a Chris­tian nu­merol­o­gist. Oth­ers re­fer to him as a con­spir­acy the­o­rist.

He claimed the world would end on Satur­day, or the world as we knew it would end.

This was based on his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Bi­ble.

How­ever, if you are still read­ing this, it means life didn’t end.

And, as Max Ehrmann pointed out in the poem Desider­ata: “With all its sham, drudgery, and bro­ken dreams, it is still a beau­ti­ful world.”

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