Via MCJ comes the depressing news fourteen African Anglican bishops, representing dioceses in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, have affixed their names to a statement demanding the west remove economic sanctions on Zimbabwe, that pathetic relic of a once-prosperous country. While it comes as no surprise Kunonga, the bishop of Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe's spiritual lapdog, signed it, it is sad beyond all words that so many others would do so as well, no doubt in reflexive anti-west reaction. If western nations really want to rid the world of Mugabe, they should bribe him, as much as it takes, to embrace and endorse the policies of the Bush administration: an invading neighboring army, financed by Cuba, will be marching triumphantly in the streets of Harare within six months.
Meanwhile, the Anglican bishops' Catholic counterparts in Zimbabwe are showing some mettle, holding prayer meetings to protest Mugabe's brutality. While the Anglicans, safe behind their borders, stand up for Mugabe, the Catholics are risking their very lives denouncing him. It seems the only clerics with balls in central Africa are celibates.