MANDELA AND FELLOW FREEDOM ADVOCATE
Not much point in checking the news, as it will be all Mandela all the time. Still, I couldn't help getting a certain fascination out of all the material the adulatory media choose to leave out of the great man's bio.
Mandela the peacemaker got his start in the ANC by pushing for armed resistance. This took the form of placing land mines on the nations periphery, killing white farmers and their families. The "Spear on the Nation" was always too cowardly and incompetent to conduct real military operations deep within the nation of South Africa. I imagine that the young journalists who write these obituaries really don't know this. But even if they did you would not dare to write it. The ordinarily sane London Telegraph compared Mandela with Jesus Christ without even mentioning the bit about him being a communist.
The ANC itself with so infused with Communists like Joe Slovo, (a Jewish commie from Lithuania) that it might as well have been run directly from the Kremlin. The Soviets didn't care a wit about the blacks of South Africa. They did salivate over the possibility of Soviet naval bases at the tip of Africa. The USSR went the way of all flesh and with it, Kremlin support. But Western pressure on Pretoria led the Boars to give in to majority rule. The SA government had been keeping Mandela alive for a long time as a pawn in this scenario and he played his part well. Tall, dignified, willing to adjust his views and hungry for adulation, he was the only house broken ANC'er who could keep the SA train on the track during a transition. And this he did.
Should we see him as a force for humanity and justice? No. Mandela, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi are figures who's triumphs rely on deeply deceptive practice. All three posed as champions of universal human rights and Western Christian principles to achieve purly racial, secular ends.
Ghandi achieved the British pull-out from India, sparking ghastly religious civil war and ultimately the nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan we live with today. Is the world better off? Is modern India an admirable, benevolent entity to day? Is the corruption that Indians live under today really better than the rule of Great Britain? Even many Indians concede, it is not.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a liar, a plagiarist, and compulsive adulterer. His legacy is not racial equality, but racial politics at the expense of the very whites who championed him. After mouthing the mantra of equality, he turn on the establishment who created him and endorsed socialism at home and defeat overseas. He is the father of affirmative action and the plague of race hustlers and racial politics that hang heavy on us today. He did things for Blacks in America but for the country at large he was a curse.
Mandela was of the same type. He brokered the delivery of South Africa to the black majority. The old African story started immediately. Whites were made redundant while incompetent ANC cronies were hired in droves. All commercial activity was infected with movement politics and nepotism. Corruption among the "heroes of the revolution" became the way of life. As with Rhodesia, whites who's settler ancestors built a country out of a wilderness, saw the path ahead and took to the airport instead. By 2005 almost 20% of the white population fled. This is the future of Mandela's South Africa, or Martin Luther King's Birmingham for that matter, dangerous, disordered kleptocracies. This is Mandela's legacy in South Africa.
But many still see him as a champion of human rights write large. To that point let me share a paragraph taken from the Miami Herald regarding Mandela's remarks there soon after being released from Robben Island.
"Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, made a controversial visit to Miami not long after his release from 27 years in prison. Before his arrival, Mandela upset some in Miami by expressing solidarity with Fidel Castro, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the Palestine Liberation Organization’s chief Yasser Arafat in an interview on ABC with Ted Koppel."
I read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/05/3799987/mandelas-controversial-visit-to.html#storylink=cpy
I wonder how many of the young journalists writing up the great man know that he just couldn't bring himself to disagree with his buddy Arafat's tactic of blowing up Israeli school busses.