Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Thabo Mbeki: Down and Out
Mbeki really has fallen on his own sword. A man once so respected internationally for his global diplomacy has become, in the world view, a thorn in effective diplomacy's side. Out of the recent G8 discussions, there have been calls for Mbeki to be replaced by a UN mediator, and a repudiation of Mbeki's calls for shared power.

So frought has his position become, that the Zimbabwean government itself has been claiming him almost as 'one of theirs', and lambasting the G8 for acting without Mbeki.

It does seem phenomenal at how Mbeki's international standing has unravelled so quickly, and one can only argue that it is of his own doing.