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December 5, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Former South African President and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela has died. He was 95.

Mandela opposed South Africa’s racist apartheid peacefully, then violently, and then spent 27 years imprisoned in South Africa’s most notorious prison. When he was released in February 1990 as the world’s most famous political prisoner, he was set on an inevitable path to the country’s presidency.

What was not inevitable was how Mandela behaved. He was one of the most trusted figures in South Africa, and around the world. He could have abused the trust and power he had earned by punishing his enemies. He could have used his imprisonment to grant himself a presidency for life.

Like George Washington, though, Mandela eschewed the chance to become a king and served only one term as president. No man is perfect, and Mandela had his flaws like anyone else, but he set an example for his successors, both to leave power, and to forgive when it would be easy and popular to pursue vengeance. Given the chance to either unite South Africa or divide it, he chose to unite it. He did not punish his enemies, however they might have deserved it. Mandela famously said that he opposed white domination, and then opposed black domination, in South Africa. And he was as good as his word on that. His choices undoubtedly saved lives and preserved a fragile nation.

It’s worth nothing that South Africa has had the most successful transition from colonialism to independence in Africa. Nelson Mandela’s choices go a long way to explaining why.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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What kind of ignorance equates George Washington with Nelson Mandela?
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Good riddance to the Terrorist.
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Really? The place is as big a hell hole now as it was then.
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NELSON MANDELA WAS A COMMUNIST TERRORIST BACKED BY ZIONISTS
Nelson Mandela the former President of South Africa has passed away at the age of 95. The big American media outlets are currently spending hours upon hours of air time praising Mandela as some sort of angelic icon of peace. This is a total fabrication of reality. Mandela originally aligned himself with the African National Congress a Communist revolutionary group heavily influenced and financed by Zionist Jews. This organization would be responsible for all sorts of atrocities in South Africa which eventually led to Mandela's time in jail. Mandela co-founded the militant wing of the ANC with various South African Communists including an Israeli Jew by the name of Arthur Goldreich. The group was called Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation. It is important to note that the ANC not only attacked official government buildings but even non-government targets like movie theatres as well. It was this activity that made it easy for several countries including the United States to label the ANC as a terrorist organization. Mandela himself was even on the U.S. terrorist watch list until 2008. Fun facts about Mandela such as these are completely ignored by all of the big media outlets because it runs contrary to the portrait they are trying to paint.

The so-called apartheid South African government which was dominated by White Europeans had made South Africa a successful independent first world nation. This was the real reason why Jewish Communists sought to use the ANC as a way to demonize the White European leaders in power. South Africa represented an independent economic and military power that needed to be brought under their influence.
Much like the phony civil rights movement in America, the ANC was dominated by Jewish Communists even up until the 1990s when Mandela took power. A recent article from Haaretz notes the following.
The African National Congress, the liberation movement that became the governing party in 1994, also had a full complement of Jews, including Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils and Denis Goldberg.
Early in his life Mandela was surrounded by Jews and was given his first job as a clerk by a Jewish lawyer named Lazar Sidelsky. He would associate himself with a large number of Jewish Communists including some of the ones mentioned previously. In fact during a sweep of the ANC in the early 1960s which resulted in his arrest and lengthy prison sentence, a significant number of Jews were also arrested. Enormous caches of weapons and explosives held by the ANC were also uncovered. A recently published article from Tablet Magazine goes into great detail about how Mandela was aligned strongly with a significant number of Zionist and Communist Jews before and up until the time of his arrest.

In 1985, the President of South Africa Pieter W. Botha offered to release Mandela from prison if he would unconditionally reject violence as a political instrument. Mandela refused the offer. This fact completely destroys the notion that Mandela was a man of peace.
Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 was greeted with widespread media coverage from all of the major Jewish controlled press outlets including American mainstream media. Instead of focusing on his past, he was portrayed as a man of peace and an iconic freedom fighter. The biased media spin was used to make people forget about who he really was. Amazingly the ridiculous media extravaganza helped Mandela become President of South Africa allowing his Jewish backers to change South Africa into a nation run by Communist principles.
Since Mandela’s ascent to the Presidency, the South African economy has actually worsened compared to when it was led by the apartheid government. A BBC article goes into great detail about how many things were better before the ANC and Mandela took power. In fact economic inequality is far worse now than before. Unemployment and poverty is rampant with many South Africans living in shacks. Dissent against the ANC is largely stifled as one would expect in a nation run by Communist principles. There has also been a substantial increase in the number of White South Africans murdered by Blacks since this transformation. Specifically White South African farmers have been primary targets during this reign of murder and terror.

Simply put, Mandela was nothing more than a cult of personality fraud who has brought ruin to South Africa. Many Black South Africans are actually worse off now than under the alleged evils of the apartheid government. He was always a puppet for powerful Jewish interests who were the ones that really helped him gain power in South Africa. It is no wonder why Barack Obama had so many kind things to say about Mandela because Obama is literally doing the same thing to America that Mandela did to South Africa. Mandela should be remembered with disdain and not with reverence.
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i dont know what planet this moron is on, but its not earth.

Google "white genocide - south africa" and learn the truth.

and if i am not mistaken, the country is much more of a basket case now than when it was under white rule. there is certainly more crime. you know, like chicago or detroit. seems to be a correlation there.............
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Mandela was a communist. He hated the white people of South Africa. The only reason he did not have them all killed was because he knew the blacks had no clue about how to manage the economy, or how to conduct successfully any part of western civilization organized by white South Africans. And so it remains, but white South Africans have seen the handwriting on the wall and the brain drain away from SA in awesome.
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"When he was released in February 1990 as the world’s most famous political prisoner"


Bryan, you disappoint me. Nelson Mandela was never a political prisoner. Not even the leftist Amnesty International listed him as a political prisoner.


He was rightly in jail for multiple murders. He was a terrorist. Period.
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Wow. A lot of people don't like Nelson. I don't find him an easy man to pull apart. I can't imagine being him when he was young.

There is always a perceptual push-pull when terrorism and eventual leadership or national freedom and revolution is involved which will naturally also involve the most radicalized of human events: killings. Hatred is a given. A rare enough occurrence the hero-terrorist but enough of one to say one man's terrorism is another man's hero.

Who is Menachim Begin? Who is Washington to an Englishman? Who are the Catholic Irish fighters? It might be easy to say a slave can never truly "murder" their master, but defining who is a slave makes that trickier, especially if other imagined slaves die as a result of the event, or men who have no slaves, real or otherwise.

I cannot worship or despise Mandela. I cannot judge such events. They are beyond my experience and even my imaginings. Sometimes a side is just a side.
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Unfortunately, most of these posts provide yet another example of how a few of PJ's readers can be an embarrassment to an otherwise great source of news and commentary.
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Yes, the lauding of this murderous terrorist is an embarrassment.
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In the words of Jason Lewis; (paraphrasing)" A lot of people agreed with Nelson Mandela in getting rid of apartheid but couldn't get behind his economic policies which were to the left of, well, Marx."

RIP
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I gotta tell ya, the responses to this article, and to Swindle's elsewhere on this site, really bother me. When someone berates George W. Bush for attacking Iraq and removing Sadaam Hussein from power, I always have one response: They have to explain to me how the world would be a better place with Sadaam still in power. Of course they can't, and that sort of destroys the conversation. So I'll do a similar thing with all you Mandela-haters:

Explain to me how the world would be a better place with an Apartheid South Africa still existing. Please, go ahead and try and justify institutional racism. When it turns out you can't, you can try a more nuanced approach, that Mandela should have opposed Apartheid in his country with cute slogans and harsh language or something. When it becomes apparent that that's silly, you can argue that he should have allied with...I don't know, someone who wasn't going through their own racial epiphany in the early '60's. Maybe he should have stuck with non-violence. If he had, he *might* have removed the Boers from power by now...but with you guys arguing the other side, it's debatable...
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Before you go praising South Africa, you should try learning a bit about it. I mean what it's REALLY like.

The racism is still very much alive and well. It's reversed, and camouflaged, and it's arguably worse than ever.

It's de facto, rather than de jure, and it's killing people on a pretty regular basis.
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Your comment epitomizes a very modern criticism of historical figures: they didn't act like us, so they must be evil. Not every society can make the leap from segregated old-fashioned style stratified society to modern egalitarianism in one gulp, to mix metaphors. The United States fought our Civil War, with 600,000 fatalities, four years of conflict, and a sizeable portion of the continent devastated, to eliminate de jure racism, as you put it, but had to wait another century before the de facto portion started on its way off the stage. As various gotcha specialists pointed out to the Republicans the other day, we're still not done. South Africa's had 2 decades to move from institutional apartheid, and you're surprised they're not already ahead of us? Seriously?

And you still haven't answered my main question. Explain how the world would be a better place if South Africa was still run under the Apartheid system.
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" Explain how the world would be a better place if South Africa was still run under the Apartheid system."

Your question exposes your profound ignorance of an important moral principle and the facts of what South Africa is like under the new regime.

As to the facts, SA under apartheid was FAR better off than it is now, for both black & white. Only the current elite class is better off. That's par for the course for communists, BTW.

As to the moral principle, the end does not justify the means. While apartheid was wrong, that does not mean that the means used to end it was right, or even good (in a pragmatic sense).

They have gone from the frying pan into the fire. Pointing that out does not suggest that the frying pan was a good place to be, nor does pointing out the evil of the man who tipped the pan.
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Because the ANC CREATED apartheid, then rode to power 'fighting' it- with gangs.
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A lot of the praise lavished on Mandela comes not from what really happened in South Africa, but from the political ideology of those doing the loud praising. We can see this easily with someone like Obama, who uses the occasion of Mandela's death in a very self-serving way.

The hagiographers of Mandela never seem to say much about F. W. de Klerk, who also had a lot to do with dismantling apartheid. And those hagiographers often completely ignore the very disturbing aspects of Mandela.

I haven't seen any PJMedia writers "try and justify institutional racism." Writers such as Dave Swindle and Kathy Shaidle are doing something very valuable by telling us factual information that might otherwise get lost in all the media idolatry that we'll be seeing.
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Considering how the ANC was a Communist front backed by the Soviets (two sources, including Ron Radosh, made that very clear, and one of the broadcasts early in Mandela's career even had Mandela giving his speech under the Communist flag), removing Apartheid would have made things worse, and had, in fact. And BTW, Mandela was imprisoned for murdering millions of people, including blacks, in acts of terrorism. Apartheid even offered to free him under the condition he does not commit terrorism anymore. He refused, hence why he remained in jail. And BTW, removing Apartheid for ANC doesn't actually remove the institutional racism. All it really did was change who was affected by it, and in a far worse manner. What the communists did every single day and every single year is far worse than institutional racism (and that's bad enough as it is).
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Mandela murdered millions?
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"Mandela murdered millions?"

Certainly dozens, directly, perhaps hundreds.

Indirectly? Hard to say - the carnage hasn't stopped yet.
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