New York State politician Charles Barron says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is his hero and he would like to invite him to the United States because he is a shining example of an African leader on the African continent. “I would love for him to come to Albany. I would love for him to come anywhere in the United States, really. I think he’s a shining example of an African leader on the African continent,” Barron told the New York Observer. “He was one of the few African leaders who had the courage to take the land back from the settlers,” Barron said comparing Mugabe to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, who he argued allowed whites to retain too much property. Mandela was viewed as an African icon by the West. Barron’s other African hero is Muammar al Gaddafi. “All my heroes were America’s enemies,” Barron said. Mugabe will be in New York next week for the United Nations summit but is under United States sanctions which do not allow him to travel to the United States except on United Nations business. A Chicago man C. Gregory Turner is on trial for lobbying to have sanctions against Mugabe lifted. His lawyers have indicated that they would like Mugabe to testify on video on Turner’s behalf when he visits New York. Mugabe is reported to have agreed to testify.