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Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
"Apartheid is an affront to human rights and human dignity. Normal and friendly relations cannot exist between the United States and South Africa until it becomes a dead policy. Americans are of one mind and one heart on this issue."
Patrick Cleburne has linked to pictures of Mandela and Castro:
In the New York Times, the nominally Leninist (but perhaps, deep down, more Mussolinist) Slovenian celebrity philosopher Slavoj Zizek laments:
President Mandela greets Yassir Arafat, 1998
In my blog The Mandela Monster: We Owe Apartheid South Africa I linked to a previous blog in which I said
Mandela was actually a nasty individual
My faithful Talk Radio Listener friend thinks this needs amplification.
The link is the cheerfully-headlined Daily Mail story of 24 August 2010 by Peter Lewis Womaniser, terrorist... a portrait of the young Mandela. (Would any American MSM outlet have the courage to run with such a caption?)
Hoping to be the first black barrister in Johannesburg, he read part-time for a law degree at Witwatersrand University, but failed the finals three times…So he got a diploma and set up as an attorney with his friend Oliver Tambo. Despite his lack of means, he contrived to dress superbly in handtailored suits (for which the tailor may not have charged him).
He was a born charmer with natural charisma. Inevitably women fell at his feet.
Mandela spent a lot of time in prison in South Africa. In 1964 he was convicted of of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment. This was called the Rivonia Trial.
Mandela and Castro: Too old, fortunately
Business pressures aka the need to earn a living have forced me into a blogging sabbatical, out of which I have been washed by the tidal wave of mendacious rubbish pouring from the MSM on the death of Nelson Mandela. John Derbyshire is too kind about it.
James Kirkpatrick is correct of course that the concrete legacy of Mandela will be the end of South Africa as a First World country. Ilana Mercer has written an excellent book about this process which will take time but which is inevitable.
But Mandela worship is not just another case of MSM Magic Negro mania. It is a flat lie as I noted in Don’t mess with the Mandelas
Mandela was actually a nasty individual who freely admitted assembling a large arms dump and planning a terrorist campaign - see this free definitive discussion - (and to being a Communist). Had he obtained power as a younger man, the world would know him as at least a Mugabe, possibly a Pol Pot.