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Outpost of Tyranny:

When Condoleezza Rice appeared at her Senate confirmation hearings to become Secretary of State she said, "To be sure, in our world there remain outposts of tyranny -- and America stands with oppressed people on every continent -- in Cuba, and Burma, and North Korea, and Iran, and Belarus, and Zimbabwe."

The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, reacted very strongly. He called Rice a "girl" and said "The white man is the slave master to her. She says Zimbabwe is one of the five or six outposts of tyranny. Ah well, she has got to echo her master's voice."

Robert Mugabe:

Most of the world no longer pays attention to Mugabe's words. He is among the last of what are known as African strongmen - authoritarians who rule for decades with no sign of stepping aside. When Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) gained independence in 1980, Mugabe seized power and has rigged every election since then in his favor.

Zimbabwe and the World:

Zimbabwe appears to pose no direct security threat to its neighbors or to the United States. There are no allegations of harboring terrorists, financing terrorists, or developing weapons of mass destruction. But the sheer volume of Mugabe's human rights violations and his utter disregard for the well-being of his people earns him a well deserved spot in the "outpost of tyranny."
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