In the movie "Team America", the UN negotiator tells a fearless leader that if he doesn't stop killing people that the UN will be "wery wery angwy" and send him a nasty letter...
Apparantly, the fearless leader of South Africa thinks that even such a mild rebuke would be counterproductive:
Shouting and swearing at the Zimbabwean government will not help resolve problems there, President Thabo Mbeki said on Saturday.
"It will really be quite easy for me to call a press conference and say, 'Bob Mugabe, these are the things I don't like,' and make very good news," he told delegates at the launch of the African Editors' Forum in Kempton Park, Gauteng.
"But, I am saying, that is the end of the engagement. It doesn't work."
South Africa's approach -- and that of the region -- is to work together to find solutions to problems.
"The easiest thing to do, as you would know, is to swear at somebody. We can. But that's the end of the engagement."
He said this may work for other regions.
"In our view, it doesn't make sense in the region here.
Actually, I agree: Nasty letters don't make sense...try sending a nasty letter when you invade Zim and take over that country...like the Tanzanians who took over from murderous dictator Idi Amin, or the Vietnamese who removed the murderous dictator of Pol Pot...
(or the Americans who removed the nasty dictators of Hitler, Tojo, Kaiser Wilhelm, Milosjevic, Hussein, and Noriega--- ah, but I forgot, Mugabe is stuck on stupid, as the saying goes, and lives in the delusional world of anti americanism that is lauded in the EU press...link)