About Zimbabwean President Mugabe
President Mugabe is visiting a primary school and he visits one of the
classes. They are in the middle of a discussion related to words and their
meanings. The teacher asks the president if he would like to lead the
discussion on the word "tragedy".
So the illustrious leader asks the class for an example of a "tragedy".
One little boy stands up and offers: "If my best friend, who lives on a
farm, is playing in the field and a war vet comes along and knocks him dead
with a log, that would be a tragedy."
"No," says Mugabe," that would be an accident."
A little girl raises her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove
over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."
"I'm afraid not," explains the president. "That's what we would call a great
The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. Mugabe searches the room.
"Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally at the back of the room a small boy raises his hand. In a quiet
voice he says: "If a Zimbabwe Air Force jet carrying Mr & Mrs Mugabe were
struck by a missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!" exclaims Mugabe."That's right. And can you tell me why that
would be tragedy?"
"Well," says the boy, "because it wouldn't be an accident and it certainly
wouldn't be a great loss."