The elites of Europe and America fawn over leaders such as Jose Luis Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain, and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa. But what are the men really like?
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
Mr. Bean is pictured below:
Here is a smaller color version of the Financial Times photograph, cropped however to not show the incongruous mixture of athletic shoes and traditional tribal dress.
From the Financial Times website:
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Monday married Thobeka Madiba, his fifth wife, in a private ceremony at Nkhandla in KwaZulu Natal state.
Mr Zuma, 67, who was elected to the presidency in April, is a Zulu traditionalist who practices polygamy.
Ms Madiba – formerly known as Thoebeka Mabhija – is 36 and a socialite from Durban. She will be Mr Zuma’s third current wife.
Mr Zuma’s defence of polygamy and other Zulu values became more pronounced during the late 1990s and has been controversial among many liberal South Africans. So has the size – and cost – of his domestic establishment. He is thought to have 19 children. However, his latest marriage appears to have attracted virtually no critical comment.
“No-one seems to be shouting about it any more,” said Jeremy Gordin, author of a biography of Mr Zuma.
Mr Zuma’s second wife, Kate Mantsho Zuma, committed suicide in 2000. He divorced his third wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, now the home affairs minister, in 1998.
Ms Madiba has attended a number of official events with Mr Zuma.
South Africa is already a disaster, with one in four men admitting rape, according to BBC reports, with those admitting rape reporting 75% had their first attack during their teens. Gang rape considered a form of male bonding. Widespread criminality make South Africa a place where almost no business can be done without the considerable expense of armed guards.
Spain, is not quite as bad as South Africa. But most of its recent economic growth over the past decade appears to be of the nature of a gigantic ponzi scheme akin to “flip that house.” Nearly all of Spain’s apparent wealth being connected to real estate. There are only so many houses on the Costa Del Sol for sun-starved English and Germans that can be built at a profit, after all. Unemployment is nearly 20%, and the investment in “green” initiatives has been a bust.
But a picture is worth a thousand words. South Africa is one of the “better governed” African nations, and its President dances around in a manner totally unsuited for a man of 67, much less one that age who is head of state. A man that age marrying a thirty something woman is ridiculous, and undignified. Polygamy, itself, is incompatible with any nation that wishes social stability and peace. South Africa’s rape statistics are entirely predictable results of polygamy and tribalism. A nation that produces a President dancing around in a polygamous marriage ceremony is sure to be a place that is hell on earth for most of its people.
Spain is not as bad, but is among the worst managed nations in Europe. Something remarkable given Greece’s chronic inability to budget within its means and Italy’s rampant corruption. Zapatero is at least as bad a manager as Mr. Bean, while nowhere as funny.
These are the men routinely celebrated in the pages of the press and by elites such as David Brooks. Who feels that America’s “stupid people” have quite unreasonably lost faith in public policy conducted by “serious intellectuals” in the Obama Administration and Democratic Party. After all, David Brooks, part of the educated class that he reckons superior to ordinary people, decided to support Obama based on the cut of Obama’s pants. Seriously. The same folks assure us that Jacob Zuma and Jose Luis Zapatero are serious men worthy of respect.
Not clowns to be laughed off the stage, along with their nations and people. Remember, the world is in the best of hands. David Brooks said so.