mayor mahlahla.jpgAre US diplomats spies? Part 2


By Justin Mahlahla


Last time I wrote the first part of an insight into recent developments that could change US-world relations. Thanks to the internet and its apparent lack of security. In my piece I highlighted that US diplomats around the world, well, some of them, have been arrested in countries like Bolivia and Russia for spying for America.


I feel I should begin by looking at the definition of ‘diplomat’. A diplomat is a person appointed by a state to conduct diplomacy with another state or international organization. The main functions of diplomats revolve around the representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and friendly relations. The website is:


Says Machiavelli: He must have “little regard for good faith and be able, by astuteness, to confuse men’s brains and ultimately overcome those who have made loyalty their foundation.”

The same website defines diplomacy as ‘the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of groups or states. It usually refers to international diplomacy, the conduct of international relations through the intercession of professional diplomats with regard to issues of peace-making, trade, war, economics, culture, environment and human rights. International treaties are usually negotiated by diplomats prior to endorsement by national politicians. In an informal or social sense, diplomacy is the employment of tact to gain strategic advantage or to find mutually acceptable solutions to a common challenge, one set of tools being the phrasing of statements in a non-confrontational, or polite manner.’

I find the last part particularly interesting in that speaks of ‘tact to gain strategic advantage…’ which is perhaps what US diplomats are working to achieve the world over.


While Zimbabwe sends its diplomats to represent the interests of Zimbabwe, cultural, moral, (which is why we had to recall ‘Stripper’ Zwambila), political, sovereign and territorial interests, the US is busy deploying spies to tactfully gather as much intelligence as they can from the leaders of the world. In typical Big Brother fashion, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is on record as having instructed diplomats all over the world to gather bio-data of UN personnel. Why else would a nation undertake such a sinister mission, if not to somehow have control on such personnel?


Whether Julius Asange published the over 230 000 classified documents with a purpose to damage the US-world relations, or to expose his own people for what they truly are, or to give the rest of the world an eye through which to see things the American way – that is yet to be proved. After all, he has just turned himself into police in Britain.

But what strategic advantage is the US trying to gain over a small country like Zimbabwe? What danger, or threat, does this small African nation pose to the existence of the United States of America? Don’t we have the right to deport such personalities when they violate our sovereignty and very existence?


Sometimes I thank God that the balance of power is shifting, albeit slowly, from the US to friendly countries like China. Yes, China has always stood by Zimbabwe through thick and thin. God bless all our all-weather friends.


Back to my story.


What has baffled me in the wake of these leaks by wikileaks is the reactions throughout the world, particularly by the MDC, which was mentioned by former ambassador Christopher Dell, as working in cahoots with the US to effect regime change in Zimbabwe.


Indeed, since its inception, the MDC has not attempted to deny or hide its affiliations with the world power. Neither has it attempted to prove that it is a Zimbabwean formation with Zimbabwean ideals at heart. The MDC, unfortunately, has courted a witch-doctor who arrests its mother.  In Shona we say ‘kufarira n’anga neinobata mai’. The MDC thought they had friends in the US. Of course, they got more than they bargained for. They never knew that Americans had ulterior motives which actually, judging from the leaks by Dell, wished for different partners to achieve more in their regime change agenda. God knows what else they had in mind. We only know what Dell said.


I was surprised to read the Newsday of December 2, 2010, which was headlined, ‘I’m not bothered – Tsvangirai’. In the story, Tsvangirai says he is not worried a bit about the ‘low’ opinion of him given by Dell. By ‘low’ the Prime Minister implies that Dell was somewhat wrong in his analysis of Tsvangirai and his party. Tsvangirai goes on to claim that Zimbabweans have a better opinion and are the ultimate deciders. True, they shall decide, come elections in 2011.

What I fail to understand is that Mr Tsvangirai dismisses Dell’s ‘low’ opinion, hoping in some way to divert the attention of Zimbabweans from such crucial matters. My point is: if Mr Tsvangirai says he is not worried about the cable, does he expect Zimbabweans to sympathise with him? After all, is he not the one who courted the Americans or vice versa, hoping to topple President Robert Mugabe from power by illegitimate means?


It is important at this juncture to explain that the word ‘leaks’ means something that flows illegitimately from a contained, closed source. The documents that Assange leaked are, in my opinion, vital in that they authenticate what we have always known – that America is the Big Brother of the world, a super power that will do everything to control other countries and loot from those states.


The US did not want those documents leaked. Now Julian Assange is on the US top-wanted list. US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has lashed out at Assange and wikileaks for publishing documents that could endanger the lives of US diplomats worldwide. I salute Assange. I have learned that the Bible is right when it says no stone shall be left unturned – Mark 13 v 1-2.

So I am not surprised when Mr Tsvangirai, just like a cornered dog, makes futile efforts to deny what he knows is the truth about himself and his party. If big countries like Afghanistan and South Korea have reacted to the publishing of classified documents about their leaders and politics, why should a mere opposition in Zimbabwe be mentioned in such documents and the leader says he does not give two hoots about them?

The mere fact that Dell mentions the MDC is ample evidence that the party is an American machinery put in place to further American interests in Zimbabwe.

As events continue to unfold following the publishing of the secret documents by wikileaks, it is only prudent for Mr Tsvangirai to be man enough by publicly apologising to the people of Zimbabwe for being a front of the Americans. He should also admit publicly that he has been working with the US government in trying to effect regime change in Zimbabwe through sanctions, food and fuel shortages.

Mr Tsvangirai should give his two hoots about what Dell said about him and his party. The MDC has always been a puppet of the United States. Mr Tsvangirai has always been a confused, unstable leader. He should be bothered because the US has exposed what he never knew or thought was being engineered by his masters. It’s like a wife who gets to know, through reliable sources, that her husband wished he had a better partner, because he regrets that the wife has been the cause of his shortcomings and misfortunes.


No sane wife would say she is not bothered!