This is the highest level of deception and political gimmickry, backed up by strong propaganda, aimed at misleading Zimbabwe
By Brian Chibvongodze
It is an unmistakable fact that since 2001 up until now, the illegally imposed economic sanctions against Zimbabwe have tremendously caused untold sufferings on the lives of all Zimbabweans.
It is high time for Zimbabweans to realise the root cause of their untold and perpetual suffering in which they have been subjected to for almost two decades now.
To avoid boiling the entire Ocean, which is a mammoth task: allow me to briefly summarise and demystify the mysteries behind the illegally imposed US sanctions on Zimbabwe.
In the year 2000, the Zimbabwean government amended the Zimbabwean constitution and included a clause which allowed the Zimbabwean government to expropriate land without compensation.
In the year 2001, the United States of America (USA) responded by enacting Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 (ZIDERA).
In the following year, 2002, the European Union (EU) subsequently imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe which they call “Restrictive Measures”. Since then, the US economic sanctions have been followed by the issuing of three Executive Orders (EOs) signed by two different USA Presidents using their Executive Powers.
This led to the issuing of EO-13288 issued on the 6th of March 2003, followed by EO-13391 issued on the 22nd of November 2005 and EO-13469 issued on the 25th of July 2008.
The issuing of these EOs against Zimbabwe is purported to be on the basis of pursuing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq.) (“IEEPA”) and the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. §§ 1601 et seq.)
(“NEA”). IEEPA and NEA gives the US president a variety of economic weapons which ranges from imposition of sanctions, embargoes, blockades, prohibitions of banking activities and confiscation of public and private property to destroy the Zimbabwean economy.
When the American presidents signed and issued the three Executive Orders, they declared National Emergencies to deal with what they call “the Unusual and Extraordinary threat to the US Foreign Policy” posed by Zimbabwe.
In simpler terms, this means that the USA declared a WAR against Zimbabwe.
However, it is imperative for all Zimbabweans to understand that the US sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe are illegal.
This is because the United Nations (UN) is the only sole board in the world that has the legal right to impose sanctions on a sovereign state.
If there is a dispute between the two member states of the UN, they are supposed to take the dispute to the UN, and the UN would then mediate the dispute.
But in this case, the Self-Appointed Prefects of the World took law into their own hands and illegally imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Over and above that, it is imperative for all Zimbabweans to understand that the US economic sanctions are a sophisticated and complicated economic weapon of mass destruction crafted to destroy the Zimbabwean economy directly and indirectly.
Analogously, from an African point of view, this American sophisticated and complicated economic weapon of mass destruction can be equated to Witchcraft. The US sanctions operate and function like Witchcraft.
This is because if someone places or impose a charm on you, you may not be able see the charm or explain how the charm operates, but you will be able to see the devastating effects of the charm.
Highest level of deception
ZIDERA and the subsequent Executive Orders are the American charms used to bewitch the Zimbabwean economy. The American State Crafters, crafted these economic weapons of mass destruction to collectively punish all Zimbabweans regardless of political affiliation.
Like Witchcraft, the US sanctions cannot be easily understood and they cannot be easily explained how they operate and function by an ordinary common man, what the ordinary common man can only see is the devastating effects on the economy, which automatically affects the social life, political life.
Like witchcraft, charms are illegally imposed against the adversary: The US sanctions were illegally imposed on Zimbabwe. Hence, I argue that the US Sanctions are Witchcraft Against Humanity.
The so-called “Targeted Sanctions” against the Zimbabwean government senior officials is not only manipulation of words by the American State Crafters, but it is the highest level of deception and political gimmickry, backed up by strong propaganda, aimed at misleading the general populace of Zimbabweans from knowing the real truth about the US sanctions.
In my own view, if the illegally imposed US sanctions on Zimbabwe are targeted at Zimbabwe’s senior government officials, then they have greatly missed their target.
This is because for more than 19 years now, the so-called “Targeted Sanctions” did not affect or have an impact on the targeted individuals. But rather, affected the ordinary helpless Zimbabwean citizens.
Missed their target
A good example of this, is the former president of Zimbabwe, Cde RG Mugabe and his family. Cde RG Mugabe managed to build a world class mansion/palace (Blue Roof) under the so-called “targeted sanctions”.
His children, the boys and his wife Grace, are well known for their money spending behaviour and this has been happening while they are under the so-called targeted sanctions.
So, for the US to continuously maintain the so-called “targeted sanctions” which have missed their target simply tells us that these “targeted sanctions” have always been targeted at the ordinary helpless Zimbabwean citizens from the onset.
This makes the USA’s collective punishment on the helpless Zimbabweans to be the extreme level of Human Rights violation in the history of all Human Rights.
Brian Chibvongodze is a political thinker. He writes on behalf of Zimbabweans whose future has been ruined by US sanctions on Zimbabwe.
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