One of the best and most important points I've heard on the subject of the sham elections/inauguration of a thug in Zimbabwe:
The world should not entertain this nonsense that the West wants to re-colonize Zimbabwe. This is the kind of propaganda African dictators resort to every time they’re challenged to behave. When Kenya was struggling for the introduction of multiparty politics in the 1990s, its then President, Daniel Moi, just like Mugabe would yell “the British want to colonize us again.” Kenyans and the international community didn’t buy his story. Zimbabweans and the international community must not buy Mugabe’s anti-Western rhetoric. It’s for his own self-preservation. The U.S., the Europeans and allies in Africa must courageously move to punish Mugabe for subverting democracy in his country.