Should Mugabe be denounced?

Why haven’t Nelson Mandela or Thabo Mbeki denounced Zimbabwe’s Mugabe? Many foreign policy types are critical (see Hitchens or FP, for instance).

Well, perhaps it’s because we still need someone who can credibly do this.

The Western foreign policy and human rights types love a righteous denunciation. I’ve yet to see any signs it works.

Should Mandela and Mbeki empty all their ammunition in a flash to please the chattering classes? I say not yet. Let’s leave a little room for real politics–the backroom sort–to play itself out.