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Nelson Mandela and the Left’s Self-Congratulatory Preening

Why the invocations of human rights in the wake of an icon's death ring hollow.

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Robert Spencer

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December 9, 2013 - 9:00 am
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The death of Nelson Mandela has been the occasion for a great deal of self-righteous preening. Barack Obama cribbed from Edwin M. Stanton in his statement, declaring that Mandela “belongs to the ages,” but CNN helpfully recalled more original words from Obama about Mandela from 2010, in which he laid claim to the great man’s mantle:

Through his choices, Mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is — that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be….In the most modest of ways, I was one of those people who tried to answer his call.

The tributes to Mandela all sounded similar themes: he fought oppression and injustice and prevailed, transforming South Africa and the world. But Obama’s was by no means the only accolade to contain a self-congratulatory note. Numerous leftists and Islamic supremacists hurried to remind the world that Mandela was once branded a “terrorist,” implying that modern-day terrorists would one day be hailed as new additions to the pantheon of secular saints. Al Jazeera’s Wajahat Ali tweeted:

Let’s never forget #Mandela’s courage once made him despised & feared. The long road to icon-hood is paved w/ persecution & sacrifice.

Yet these modern-day mini-Mandelas, however they may style themselves as champions of the downtrodden and oppressed, laboring mightily against the contemporary incarnations of the architects of apartheid, have a curious blind spot. Mandela fought against an unjust system built upon racial prejudice. His struggle is easy enough to support from twenty-first century armchairs, when the oppressive system is long dead and no one in his right mind would support it or call for its revival. But oppression and injustice are by no means dead on the African continent – they’re just coming from a different source.

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Quickest way to save Asia Bibi would be for her to become an avowed communist - then the democrats would be pi$$ing their panties to go save her.

On another note, as I am forced to read a good book or listen to old music and such so as to avoid the fawning adoration of Mandela, I pause to wonder - just where is his (ex)wife, Winnie Mandela, right now?

I seem to recall her favorite pastime was having her followers place a gasoline filled tire around the necks of those they saw as the opposition and setting it on fire.

These activities, of course, taking place while he was still married to her.

And exactly how did a man who spent so much time in prison end up worth millions on a continent known for it's poverty rates?

Maybe a good re-read of a Heinlein book this afternoon is in order....
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In a related note, I was just watching a few moments of Obama speaking at his eulogy. Did anyone else notice that the stadium full of adoring people was actually about 30% empty?
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Apparently Obama's not modest enough to not mention it.

You got it straight. Liberal's have absolutely abandoned the concept of "compared to what?" Simple comparisons are unavailable and unwanted.

Here's a funny example from literature:

Feminist writer Cat Valente writes in a comments section, "Remember that Tolkien’s Southrons and Easterlings were pretty much Africans and Middle Easterners with the VINs filed off. That kind of sh-t goes down in fantasy all the time."

Keep in mind Tolkien's Europe actually was assaulted from the Balkans to Portugal, with even Turkish 17th century raids in Cornwall and County Cork for 1,000 years. Noticing that and writing about it makes Tolkien a racist.

This same feminist, in response to an author writing something unpleasant about the Ground Zero Mosque, organized an all Muslim/Arab issue of the magazine she edited, even though many in that culture file the genitals of little girls off.

"Compared to what?" is nowhere in sight. In fact this woman would no more show off her brand of feminism among those hapless and unfairly portrayed easterners than she would slam a window on her head. Unless she likes the idea of a window actually being slammed on her head... plus "virginity tests" followed by a retro-filing.
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One African success story- at least relatively speaking - involves the separation of the mainly Christian South Sudan from the Islamic oppressors in Khartoum. IIUC, besides the many southerners carried away into slavery or otherwise exploited, something like two and a half million died.

Why are there no plaudits for John Garang, who led the struggle for independence until his death in 2005, or for Salva Kiir, the present leader of a country that even without the Muslim persecution, still has plenty of problems to confront
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Actually, even Obama's 2010 words about "the world as it is" versus the "world as it should be" are not original. He lifted them from Saul Alinsky (who probably lifted them from someone else).

The other day Obama said that Mandela “Bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice,” repeating yet again the “arc of the moral universe” line which he lifted from Martin Luther King, Jr., who himself lifted it from 19th century Unitarian minister Theodore Parker.

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All I know is Communist Mandela was a terrorist and blacks in Africa are genociding White Farmers.
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every monster thug is in attendance high fiving each other for south africa becming another african hellhole. the moron blabster is apparently in all his deluded self-imagined glory. moron.
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I can't believe that your article stated that Mandella was unjustly imprisoned! He was a lawyer when he pleaded guilty to dozens of charges. He backed violent means to overthrow gov't. and because of this and his guilty pleas Amnesty International would not (never did!!) fight for his release. Amazing how selective some peoples memories choose to be.
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Thank you. Not only did they not fight for his release, they never listed him as a political prisoner.

He was rightly jailed for complicity in murder, and never did renounce violence.

He wasn't just CALLED a terrorist, he WAS a terrorist.
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Zuma, on the road again, here we come Zimbabwe.

Lets start a pool on how long it will be before he kills off all the white farmers and starts asking the world for food.
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I don't know if I'm qualified, but what the hell... I just read about half a dozen authentic comments from, I think, authentic people. When this board is on it, it's ACES. Would love to be in a great room full of you men and women who put it out there on PJ's---still my favorite
watering hole for ideas.

Consider this little gem a Christmas Thank You.
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Quickest way to save Asia Bibi would be for her to become an avowed communist - then the democrats would be pi$$ing their panties to go save her.

On another note, as I am forced to read a good book or listen to old music and such so as to avoid the fawning adoration of Mandela, I pause to wonder - just where is his (ex)wife, Winnie Mandela, right now?

I seem to recall her favorite pastime was having her followers place a gasoline filled tire around the necks of those they saw as the opposition and setting it on fire.

These activities, of course, taking place while he was still married to her.

And exactly how did a man who spent so much time in prison end up worth millions on a continent known for it's poverty rates?

Maybe a good re-read of a Heinlein book this afternoon is in order....
18 weeks ago
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In a related note, I was just watching a few moments of Obama speaking at his eulogy. Did anyone else notice that the stadium full of adoring people was actually about 30% empty?
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" Through his choices, Mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is — that we could do our part to seek the world as it should be….In the most modest of ways, I was one of those people who tried to answer his call."
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Just another glimpse into the 'window' of the mind of the narcissist of the decade - err - make that of the century.

No modest words in that quote - no humility. The only 'call' you know is that of your own. At least Mandela had the good sense to know when he was going off on a tangent his country wouldn't support and changed direction - a concept you'll never be able to grasp. And the reason is you think you are your smartest consultant.



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