Originally posted by finnegan to KilgoreTrout15
Mandela was not a pacifist and i suspect that you are not one either. The Right in the USA favour the right of citizens to carry weapons on the argument that these will enable them to overthrow or prevent tyranny so there is nothing in principle for you to object to if weapons were used in apartheid South Africa to overthrow tyranny. The ...[text shortened]... and resolution that helped move South Africa towards the egalitarian democracy of today.[/quote]
In another thread, I pointed out to KilgoreTrout15 that Nelson Mandela's
support of armed struggle against apartheid in South Africa should be
placed in its historical context. There was much more violence by
white-ruled South Africa's army, police, and security forces against
non-white civilians than by the ANC's military wing against white civilians.
Of course, KilgoreTrout15 would not care about historical context because
he's an extremely racist white American who regards white lives as far more
important than non-white lives.
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu (disingenuously) praised Nelson Mandela.
If Nelson Mandela were still alive, he might mention the fact that Israel
was South Africa's closest ally (with major military cooperation) until the
end of apartheid. According to Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, a professor at
Haifa University (I heard him say this in person), the overwhelming majority
of Israeli Jews supported Israel's close alliance with South Africa and had
few, if any, moral objections to apartheid. I have no doubt that Benjamin
Netanyahu also supported Israel's alliance with pro-apartheid South Africa
and, like South Africa's government, regarded Nelson Mandela as a
'terrorist' before the end of apartheid. Israel was an enemy of Nelson
Mandela and the ANC until it became expedient to pretend otherwise.
While I admire Nelson Mandela, I believe that his life and work should be
presented accurately. Unfortunately, some of his enthusiastic young
admirers seem determined to turn Nelson Mandela into a 'plaster saint'.
I have overheard a few young people saying that they admire Nelson
Mandela so much because he *always opposed all forms of violence*
in his struggle against apartheid. That's not historically accurate.
Let's remember Nelson Mandela in all his complex, nuanced humanity
rather than as a 'politically safe' icon (too available for expropriation).