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2.0 out of 5 stars ...sympathy?, April 15, 2010
This review is from: The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe (Hardcover)
What do you really think of the fact that 4660 white farmers owned 30% of the total land in Zimbabwe and 70% of the PRIME farming land? and that while there was a land redistribution program in place after independence- based on a willing buyer-willing seller basis- it had little effect because most white farmers occupying productive tracts of land didn't want to sell, while few of the peasants had the resources to buy any land? Ok, while you dispute the 70% figure in your NYT article, dont you think that having 50% of the commercial land in a country (as you note in your article) controlled by a group of 4660 farmers in a country of 12 million is simply ridiculous??? i guess not.
Again, as you note in your article, the fact that your father waited until his land was taken from him so that he can participate in the political affairs of that country, by joining MDF tells me that before Mugabe's land redistribution business began, white Zimbabweans never cared where the country was going, never cared about the plight of millions of peasants without land nor jobs, to consider joining in the struggle against a corrupt government. They only became involved in the politics of a country they call home when they became victims, but before then...i guess they never really cared what "those" Africans did.
Well, that is what happens when you acquire an attitude of indifference in a place you call home.
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2010 8:53:50 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 22, 2010 9:37:29 AM PDT
When that group of 4660 farmers has the capacity (for whatever reason) to feed the country and Rhodesia gains the title of 'the breadbasket of Southern Africa", the answer to your question clearly is "No". Mugabe and his regime have ensured that they personally benefit from starving the normal citizens of Zimbabwe. Prior to the forced and illegal (even by Zim court standards) takeover of the farms, there were not 'millions of peasants without land or jobs". There were millions of yes, relatively, 'contented' Africans who did not have to fear for their lives, took care of their immediate families in rural areas, or had jobs and were fed and cared for in urban areas (yes again, minimal wages I concede) and who were happy with their standard of living which compared favourably with most of the rest of the continent.
How long did you live in Africa, Mr/Mrs. Stadler? I lived there for 19 years so I do know what I am writing about.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2010 12:39:21 PM PDT
Well stated, Mr. Rogers

gaandit
San Francisco

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 12:50:09 PM PDT
It seems the virtual starvation - propelling massive emigration - following the collapse of the "white" farm system, escaped your analysis. Those English-turned-African farmers turned under-developed land into farms that fed Rhodesia and surrounding states for generations. Who failed to benefit? Now that they've been run off, many of them are serving their new fellow citizens in Mozambique. Where's the victory?

DDvS
San Francisco

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 5:32:52 AM PST
Gillian A says:
I doubt that this reviewer has ever been to Africa or if he has, it has only been one of those posh safaris which carefully sheild the visitor from the seamy side of life there. This is not a review of the book, but rather a political comment based on his misperceptions.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 5:24:24 PM PST
Kaigama says:
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Posted on Nov 29, 2010 3:47:56 PM PST
This review is based on the opinions of the reviewer in response to a newspaper article by the author of the book. It is not a review of the book, and is therefore worthless in this forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2011 8:09:06 PM PST
Fabulinus says:
While I do feel badly for the white farmers of Zimbabwe, I appreciate your post very much and feel that too often we are hearing the side of the White Zimbabwean over the Black one. Hmmm, I wonder why that is? Even though there are blatant human rights violations that went on in Zimbabwe against the White farmers, there is a tad bit of "cry me a river" going on over there. My opinion.

Both sides need to be told.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 6:01:36 AM PDT
@Gillian. I was born and grew up in Africa.
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