Saturday, April 09, 2005

Shake the hand that slaps you 

A lot of handshaking going on at the Pope's funeral, including the Bush-Chirac and Israel-Syria shakes. But there is a special hand-shaking pest around:
"The Prince of Wales has sparked controversy ahead of his wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles today after shaking the Zimbabwean President's hand at the Pope's funeral.

"Groom-to-be Charles was said to have been caught by surprise when Robert Mugabe, who sidestepped a European Union travel ban to attend the service, reached over to him.

"The Prince's spokesman said afterwards that the heir to the throne, seated one place away from Mr Mugabe, found the President's regime 'abhorrent'."
Mugabe, who never tires of violently abusing British political figures in various political forums, nevertheless seems to be something of a hand fetishist if you recall another incident last year where British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw also shook Mugabe's hand by mistake (Straw's excuse: "I hadn't expected to see President Mugabe there. Because it was quite dark in that corner; I was being pushed towards shaking hands with somebody just as a matter of courtesy and then it transpired it was President Mugabe."). Ooops.

Mugabe seems one of those pathetic creatures who craves the attention and recognition of the people he abuses, and lashes out when they don't grant him that. How adolescent. Pity his country, though, which has to suffer his teenage tantrums every day.


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