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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

US brushes quiet diplomacy aside for regime change in Zim
According to the UK Independent, the US has "called for the building of a 'coalition of the willing' to push for regime change in Zimbabwe". Trumpeting the failures of Mbeki's 'quiet diplomacy', new US ambassador to South Africa, and protege of Condoleezza Rice, Jendayi Frazer, said that the US would be willing to lead a coalition of the willing to return Zimbabwe to democracy and that South Africa should be playing a lead role.

What exactly she means by this is fairly open-ended. One would think that the US has their hands full with other regime change operations around the world, and that this may rather merely be the opening salvo of a new ambassador keen to create an immediate impression. With Jack Straw arriving in SA today with Zimbabwe firmly on his agenda, what influence this may have will be intriguing to follow.