At the news of the death of a 95 year-old man, an event which we shall all, eventually meet; I am happy to acknowledge that he was man enough to encourage reconciliation within South Africa. I do not rejoice at his death, but neither do I mourn him. I tend to look at a man’s achievements; at what he has done; at what he failed to do. In the balance, and we should always; at least those of us who actually think, instead of operating on knee-jerk reflexes only, judge fairly: accept that he was, as others have said before me, a flawed man. No saint, a man who could plot a murder because it was a means to an end, a future; only to see the promise of that same future discarded and vandalized by a bunch of chancers, thieves, charlatans and crooks masquerading under the banner of the political party of which he was the great figurehead.
My worry, my premonition, is based on the realities of life as it is now, in the shacks, the tin-roofed huts, on the dirt roads of the townships, with the untreated sewage running down the ditches, where the vast majority of South Africans live, in approximately the same way as they did when I was living there! My worry is that the resentment, the anger over the broken promises of the ANC Government will, instead of being directed at the thieves and criminals who have systematically stolen the birthright of a nation; will be instead directed at the people who once ruled, but are now forgotten. My worry is that the clubs, the guns and the bombs will be made ready, and the White minority, along with the Indians and the Cape coloureds, will be the focus for the violence which might have been stalled by Mandela. Stalled, but just delayed, not forgotten.
I remember that there lives, in a small, peaceful, coastal South African town, a 93 year-old Lady who devoted, since arriving in South Africa in 1940, every day of her life to teach all who came to her schools. I worry about my aunt, who lives now in retirement. A comment upon another post was that they had heard the South African anthem sung. I worry that there will be other chants, other songs and war-cries; and the loudest amongst them will be ‘Kill the Boer’ and ‘Kill the White Man’; because they are both easy chants to remember!
I often write about media bias and NOWHERE has this been more evident than in the blanket coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela. The BBC’s North American political editor, Mark Mardell, called him “a Secular Saint” last evening. The Daily Mirror calls him “a Saint” in its pages this morning. Those chosen to be interviewed all testify to his greatness, his goodness with nary a voice of dissent. Not one.
On Twitter, I pointed out as a matter of fact his terrorist past and his political associations with some very disagreeable but leftist figures, such as Castro, such as Ghadaffi, such as Mugabe, such as Adams and McGuinness. In other words I questioned his political judgement.
For my sins, I was to “f**k off and die” and told “”I hope you get renal cancer” by some of Mandela’s fan base. And this s the problem. The Left will not tolerate ANY criticism of their icons yet will arrange parties to celebrate the death of a figure such as Lady Thatcher. The Left control most of the media, particularly here in the UK and so they simply shut down DEBATE and substitute worship. The Hive does not tolerate dissent.
Let me be straight on this. I believe Apartheid was wicked and deserved to end. I believe Mandela showed greatness and generosity of spirit. I believe he did help the peaceful transit of his Nation with minimal loss of life. OK?
However, there is more to it than this but the media will not look that far. I believe South Africa is politically corrupt, rife with crime and has a President in the form of Zuma who when up on a rape charge claimed he believed that if you shower after sex it ensures HIV infection cannot be transmitted. I believe the lot of many poor black people has not improved despite the years of ANC rule. I believe that Mandela DID choose terrorism as part of his plan to bring down apartheid , that he commanded the death of innocent people in a terrorist attack as he CONFIRMS in his book at Church Street, Pretoria. That he disliked America but liked tyrants such as Castro. That he disliked Israel but supported Palestinians. In other words, he was NOT perfect — none of us is.
There is a thing called balance and we make life more realistic when we introduce it to media coverage. That is not happening today around the world as the left sanctify their secular saint.
Well, this story will dominate the news for days to come although it can hardly come as a surprise..
South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa’s president says. Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison. He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace.
My sympathies to his family at this time. I did not agree with much that Mandela stood but at least he enjoyed a long life. Unlike ANC victims,
New York’s doughnut-munchers shoot at an unarmed man. They miss and hit bystanders instead.
Outcome: The unarmed man, who shot no-one, is charged with wounding the bystanders, who were shot by the maniacal doughnut-munchers. Truly, only government can be this inept, cruel and insane at the same time.
The last two weeks have been a joyous hell. The Christmas season is in full bloom and Monday was the opening day of Deer Season in Pennsylvania. Tis the season to be selling guns.
750,000 men, women, and children have descended into the hardwood looking to put a nice set of Antlers on the wall and some meat in the freezer. Between these two facts they have devoured the majority of my time. I have a list of topics and events that need posting, but these next two days off will be spent in large trying kill Bambi.
I will be starting soon a flurry of postings summing up the disaster the Obama Government has created, but for the next couple of days tis time to hunt.
The hypocrisy is like crime in a multi storey car park ..it is on several levels. First the facts of the matter:
Ch Supt Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan were shot dead in an IRA ambush in March 1989 in south Armagh. The attack happened as they crossed the border into Northern Ireland after a meeting in Dundalk Garda station.
The Smithwick Tribunal was set up by the Irish government in 2005 to investigate claims that officers based in Dundalk Garda (police) station had assisted the IRA gang who ambushed the two officers on 20 March 1989.
In the report of his inquiry, Judge Peter Smithwick said he was “satisfied there was collusion in the murders”.
So, confirmation that elements with the Irish Police worked with the IRA to enable the killing of RUC officers.
The Irish Government has apologised, small relief to the families of the slain officers.
The DUP has jumped on this claiming it raises serious questions for the Irish Government but sure this is cant coming from a party that shares power WITH the IRA?
Has anyone called for the disbandment of the Gardai now we know for a fact it colluded with terrorists?
Dundalk is the centre of Gerry Adams power base in the Republic….he is very popular in that area. Perhaps some things never change that much?