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December 6th, 2013 - 9:15 am

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Inevitably, Americans look at Africa through the lens of race, but that’s a mistake. Africa is about tribes, and one of the many things that made apartheid such a hateful system is that it was a European imposition, it was alien to the culture of the sub-Saharan continent, because it was all about race.

The importance of Nelson Mandela is both obscured and enhanced by this racial overlay.  South Africa was anomalous because it was fundamentally about race, while the internal conflicts elsewhere in Africa–as in Namibia, Angola, and Mozambique–were basically tribal wars.  But Mandela’s charisma, his ability to lead, the respect he commanded within the country derived in large part from the fact that he was a prince of the Qosa tribe, the largest and most important in the country.

To see that Mandela was bred and raised to be a leader, all you had to do was watch him walk, or even stand.  Such elegant posture, such grace as he moved, such elegance of gesture, and such command of whatever language he was speaking…he was nobility.  And not just in public;  to sit and talk with him was a singular pleasure.  Like all great leaders, he listened attentively, and chose his words carefully.  He commanded respect in all settings.

Yet despite his powerful charisma, he was also a humble man.  In all his actions–as the prisoner who earned the respect and admiration of his jailers, the president who embraced all his people, and a loyal fan who wore the national rugby shirt as South Africa won the World Championship–it was never about him.  It was always about the country, about the people, and about the importance of both strength and toleration.

One does not often find such qualities in a world-historical figure.  Only such a man could have led South Africa to national unity at that time, when so many were confidently predicting a racial bloodbath.  His example set the tone and inspired the nation.

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But young, white Boers now man cruising yachts around the world. The speak English, they mostly come from wealthy farmers who do not want to end up on the savages' menu, a la Rhodesia. The white population will be gone in two or three years. Then will the descent into barbarity accelerate.
Animals who hang tires around the necks of their foes, fill them with gasoline, and set them on fire, are savages. A quick scan of the internet will show thousands of hits filming the victims of this rough and ready punishment. It happens every day, I am told. While all cheer on, by the hundreds and thousands.
He hid in jail, behind the common decency of the whites in South Africa, yet his wife and her pals burn people to death as sport, and only silence ensues.
Just one more commie victory. I wonder how this fancy moral posturing POS would have done if his enemy wasn't DeKlerk, but Adolph Hitler.
Mandela, who?
I guarantee the left will not notice.
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You'd think God had died the way the media has genuflected to Mandela's death. He was a communist anti-Semite who brought nothing remarkable to help South Africa out of the Stone Age. Just in case you have a pulsing desire to be mugged or killed, please visit Johannesburg. So he smiled a lot. So do my dogs when they see food.
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Good point, Michael.

Who cares how many people he murdered or ordered murdered?

Who cares that he sang racist songs that were anti-white?

What matters is how he made you feel when you met him. I hear Che was a really charming guy, too.
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I WILL GO A BIT FURTHER THAN DR. LEDEEN

and say that not only was Nelson Mandela a "saint" but he was blest by Heaven and directed by Providence in his work of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Click www.apollospeaks.com and tell me if I'm wrong.

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There are/were a lot worse people in the world than Nelson Mandela. But, at the end of the day, the ANC and its supporters murdered thousands of people including hundreds of people who were burned alive by ANC lynch mobs. Neither Mandela nor anyone else in the ANC is deserving of the fawning adulation being heaped upon him.
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These comments make crystal clear why the right still gets labeled racist -- for a far too substantial portion of the base, that shoe fits.
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Amy, can you spell ANC? Know who they were? Know what they stand for? Ever heard the term "necklacing?' History much? You think we speak poorly about Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Che, Pol Pot, and Mugabe because they are black? You see, Amy, we are not racist. It is only YOUR racism leads you to think a black man can do no wrong.
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Amy Tirrant: name callers invariably are only describing themselves and in this case Amy describes her leftist base, as she sees it, also...

The commentators you falsely label describe the man and comment on his character as they see it...if you disagree say why, argue with the data they present...instead you describe yourself
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And your comment makes it crystal clear why the left constantly gets taken for a ride by the very 'great men and women' you foster and foist on the world. You should be ashamed for putting these people on pedestals. There are, after all, nothing if not mere men and women. You are the ones who make gods of them.

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Typical leftist troll with another ad-hominem attack. True American Conservatives (the inheritors of classic liberalism) do not care about skin color - we care about the content of a person's character. Mandela was a murdering Marxist terrorist, and he saw to it that the Marxist ANC came to power with an anti-White racist agenda which is still in place. Guess what - those who yell "racist" the loudest are usually - you guessed it - RACISTS.

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I totally agree that American Conservatives do not care about skin color. I think any person is targeted in AMERICA is not for his/her skin color it's probably because he/she were doing something wrong. They against President Obama is due to his defeatist policies because he does many bad things, even he and his red party are doing it legitimately! For example, Secretary. Rice and and Lt. Col. Allen West are a great example of a conservative black persons who have avoid the brain washing by Marxists and Communists that have taken over the red democrat party. They are greatly respected and esteemed among conservative circles. In general, Americans naturally are good nation not selfish, compared with Europeans who annihilated the white Jew. Instinctively they are good people never hold grudge to others, they are good to others, are concerned with the help and the welfare of others at any cost.
As for racism, just come and live in Europe. You'll meet creatures that hold a disgusting and terrible hatred against Jews, the main reason because they are "Jews." Another factor behind this hatred is that Jews are creative and successful nation. This's just pure rudeness even more, indeed...
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It is not legitimate to rule by Imperial Decree so it is not true that "he and his red party are doing it legitimately".
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Goody, now rejecting terrorism is "racist".
Sorry, I don't care what's the color of your bombs.
Ever heard the name of Gandhi ?
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Michael, why would Mandela tarnish the image he had while he was imprisoned once he was released by calling for the extermination of whites in South Africa? He was already 'a darling of the Western press' before he was released, and he probably knew that once white rule ended, South Africa would become black by default. So, no, his supposed change in character was only a change in tactics. He became acclaimed by all, instead of defamed by all, and, like all narcissists, he wallowed in it - much like our own narcissist-in-chief.

Most leaders are to some degree charismatic, so that is no definition of greatness of character, but of weakness on the part of the beholder. Mandela was charismatic because you wanted him to be.

If you can't say something bad about a terrorist, then, Michael, it's best not to say anything at all.

Seldom, if ever, do people change their basic character and become something they are not. And, as a caution, do not expect our own president to change from the arrogant, self-centered and inept creature that he is. Death should not be proud.

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Strange.
I never thought that Mr. Ledeen would have accepted anything like "the ends justify the means".
I still hope he does not.
I mean, we are not talking about terrorism against the officers of the regime, we are talking about bombs in malls, stores, hitting civilians, AND BLACKS, who had no direct responsibility.

Who knows how SHORTER the process of liberation could have been if that terrorism had not existed ?

I am puzzled ...


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Politically, Mandela, an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. He co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961 in association with the South African Communist Party, leading a sabotage campaign against the apartheid government. In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, and later in Pollsmoor Prison and Victor Verster Prison. Both Mandela and the Boer run South African government committed untold atrocities, killings, individual rights violations...all in the name of a political philosophy. Today, South Africa is (philosophically) a communist state run by ANC "fellow travelers."
The sole reason for all these festivities in the USA especially by this administration is a salute to a deceased "fellow traveler," by none other than Mr. Obama himself. Folks, if this outward sign and support of a communist political philosophy isn't enough to convince America and Americans the "transformation" American Progressive New Left Activists are pushing for through Obamacare...then sit back and enjoy the coming kabuki theatre and Barnum & Bailey shows...going to be a "whopper." Pray. Amen. Join a Tea Party, urgently.
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There is no such thing as a "democratic socialist".
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Mandela Didn’t End Apartheid, He Changed It To Black-On-White Genocide

http://godfatherpolitics.com/13517/mandela-didnt-end-apartheid-changed-black-white-genocide/
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Although the white minority not more than 9% in South Africa, but the economy of South Africa is considered today to be the largest and the most developed in Africa and has a respectable place in the world. South Africa today is advanced in many fields such as technological, agricultural and medical where is considered to be a newly industrialised country. All these great achievements are because South Africa was colonised by GREAT WESTERN CULTURES, the most important factor in this development and prosperity that country was run by the WESTERN people "Dutch, French, Germans and recently the great trek by the British Settlers." But since the black Africans are in power, South Africa has developed in one of the highest crime rates in the world.

As for Arabs and Muslims, the vast majority of them reject the values of that great civilization, so in such a case, I think they deserve to return to the Middle Ages, they love that time!?
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The late Mandela was a very controversial and complex figure, his political legacy was unpleasant. He had the full support from dictators Anti-America and Israel whose were the main allies to the evil empire "Soviet Union", including Abdel Nasser, Al-Gaddafi and Castro and others of wicked leaders. Let alone of his solidarity with Islamic radicals and terrorist groups, including the Palestine Liberation Organization which prove that he was indeed against Israel and Zionism.
The late Mandela was not a consistent advocate of true freedom and democracy neither in South Africa, nor elsewhere. He was a lifelong advocate of communism and communist violence. For instance, in his speeches and exactly in the criticizing of U.S. efforts in Iraq. Mr. Mandela has attacked the country which has been the Great Leader in bringing freedom to too many of nations around the world. He considered it in immoral and grossly unfair country and guilty in committing unspeakable atrocities against humanity around the world. While Mr. Obama continuously apologizing for those lies!
Actually I am surprise by many Americans who praise and admire the Mandela's political legacy. Yes, he fought against a great injustice which I call it (a light injustice) because there is no comparison between that oppression and the injustice of dictatorial regimes against its own people.
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Thank you so much, Mr. Ledeen. Your reminiscence of Mandala is eloquent and simple. I have tears in my eyes.
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