“A tsunami has rolled through Zimbabwe, different from the tidal waves that hit Asia in 2004. Ours came last year, in the form of bulldozers and soldiers. Vibrant towns were reduced to flat and desolate grounds. More than 700,000 people losttheirhomesandlivelihood.Why?
“President Robert Mugabe thought that the poor people who lived in these urban areas represented a political threat. [. . .] So he launched a pre-emptive strike against those already suffering under his policies. He called it ‘Operation Murambatsvina,’ literally “Operation Clear the Filth’ — the ‘filth’ being hundreds of thousands of Zimbabwean men, women and children who were internally displaced, many of whom continue to live without access to humanitarian assistance today.
“Zimbabwe was once a success story in Africa, but over his long rule Mr. Mugabe has dragged us all down. [. . .]
“Responding to the arrest and torture of 15 trade-union activists in September, he said ‘some are crying that they were beaten. Yes, you will be thoroughly beaten.’ ”
Arnold Tsunga, writing on “Yes, You Will Be Thoroughly Beaten,” Nov. 5 in Opinion Journal at www.opinionjournal.com