That’s interesting considering how gloomy things look if you pay attention to the media. According to them the end of the world is upon us thanks to the mortgage crisis and terrorism. It’s nice to see the realities are a bit different.
The article does note that Zimbabwe ranks last for happiness, which is especially prescient considering the recent craziness there. Finding a good solution for Zimbabwe will obviously be difficult. On the one hand I’m generally not in favour of outsiders messing with the internal political establishment of a country. However, with such a clear abuse of power something needs to be done. The international community needs a way to force Mugabe into a new vote.
Yet, even with Zimbabwe as an example, deciding when action is called for is a massive grey area. Mugabe hasn’t done anything different than most dictatorships have to maintain power. Couldn’t the same argument be made against China? The only difference I see is that in China there isn’t a massive (> 50% of population) uprising against the dictatorship, although that’s at least partially due to fear.