I want to congratulate my former country, Zimbabwe, for making it into Bush’s list of evil countries during his recent speech about the poor state of the union. Once considered to be the bread basket of Africa, Zimbabwe became under Mugabe’s presidency the basketcase of Africa. Now it has the honor of sharing company with the likes of Syria, North Korea, and Iran, another basketcase of a country (President Bush, however, is responsible for the making this sad country mad—if he hadn’t attacked Iraq, Iran would have remained on the road to reformation).
Big question on my mind: I wonder how much practice it took for Bush to get the pronunciation of Zimbabwe down (Zimbabwe means house of stone—imba, one of the most beautiful words in shona, means house). But he pretty much got it right, with a Texas twang—Zimbabway. To my former countrymen, I say this: makorokoto (congratulations)!