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The Fear by Peter Godwin
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Feb 21, 2012

it was amazing

What astounded me throughout this book was how the MDC supporters keep believing in democracy. They keep trying. They vote, get beaten, go back and vote again. They report the violence to the police even though they know the police are working for the Mugabe regime (and sometimes will say as much) and will not help them. Those who have the means (not many) get lawyers and go to court even though the court system is corrupt and most likely all that they will get for their trouble is another beating and maybe some time in a squalid jail cell. The thing they do not seem to do is fight back. They don't use violence. They or their husband/child/sister/wife/father/mother is tortured and beaten beyond recognition, and sometimes to death and they don't retaliate. Not because they are afraid (although they are--but they are also brave)or because they are hopeless. They keep going, keep trying, keep believing that in the end democracy will triumph. Ghandi's nonviolent resistance worked because the British did not have the stomach for beating and killing unarmed civilians. Mugabe and his goons have no such qualms. How can a powerless group of oppressed people nonviolently wrest control from a tyrant who respects nothing but violence? I hope there is an answer. I hope the strong, brave, determined people of Zimbabwe are able to take their country back.
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February 21, 2012 – Started Reading
February 21, 2012 – Shelved
March 30, 2012 – Finished Reading

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