|President Mugabe is visiting
a primary school and he goes to 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 liketo lead the discussion on the word "tragedy".
So our 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
"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 loss.
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
an Zimbabwean Air Force jet, carrying Mr. & Mrs.Mugabe was 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."
(Thanks to "The Honeybuns"
for the above)