I'm interested in the deeply courageous Archbishop Pius Ncube's efforts to rid Zimbabwe of Mugabe's less-than-decent government. It all depends, however, on who wins in the end.
I mean that there is a parallel, though not an exact one, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. While not as rapacious as her father, Henry VIII (I just read in a footnote to More's Utopia that he executed 72,000 people for theft alone, and restitution was made to him, not the victims), she nonetheless made life very unpleasant for her Catholic subjects, who were yet required to swallow the idea of Gloriana and the Virgin Queen. And yet, to this very day, there is a certain discomfort among English Catholics about the fact that some of them supported the idea of the Spanish Armada. This is played down, and even denied in some quarters, and yet Ncube's plea that foreign forces come to the aid of Zimbabwe's suffering people is not that dissimilar. My sympathies are with Ncube, I have to say, and yet, even though I am not English, I still instinctively hesitate (a product of my English education, no doubt) to say that a conquering Armada would have been a good thing.
Funny old world.