It’s a difficult stretch to honor a man such as Nelson Mandela
with recent accolades and lowering our flag to half staff. With
an internet search of “Mandela,” one is flooded with nothing but
MSM star-sparkled ink praising a man (and his wife) with such
fervor as to think he was Africa’s God’s gift to mankind. This is
the result of rewriting history so succeeding generations know
nothing of truth. Going further, a search of “Mandela
atrocities” brings up an entirely different picture of the
scourge of a couple whose original aim may have been to end
apartheid but led to mayhem such as Africa had not known before.
The ink now becomes stained with blood; lots of it.
It is sad that inhumanity sometimes leads to more inhumanity,
quite often much worse than the original. For those who
know nothing of the days of Mandela’s reign of terror, I suggest
getting one’s head out of the sand and do some critical research
on both Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winni.
To be on a neutral side is difficult, but I will try. Having
acquaintances who were driven out of Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe) a
garden spot of East Africa, and now controlled by Marxist Mugabi,
with their account of the economic destruction of that country, I
know just a little of the turmoil modern Africa has suffered, and
it is worth comparing Zimbabwe to South Africa. Once a thriving
and economic oasis, now turned to dust and poverty is a travesty.
Ruthless government (idiotic) and confiscation of private property
gave way to economic chaos. A black leader bent of redistributing
all of the wealth of those who prospered, including their lands and
homes have led to nothing good for anyone, including those whom
Mugabi touted to be concerned about. He is the only one whose
nest was feathered.
Yes, when man is held down, he may eventually rebel, and I cannot
argue against that. The human spirit craves justice. And, yes, more
often than not, blood is shed, unfortunately. Perhaps honoring
Mandela now for what good he actually accomplished can be compared
to the United States forgiveness of German and Japanese attacks and
atrocities on our country and those committed in their concentration
camps of death. The lesson here is that we have forgiven the
not the leaders. They have suffered their just rewards.
The Nuremberg trials attempted to settle that score. The leaders
were either justly executed, committed suicide or were judged,
sentenced and imprisoned. It is only with justice served and the
sentence to match the crime that civility can again gain the upper
ground. As with our former enemies, we can only try to forgive and
forget. The latter is more difficult to achieve. The credit due
here, is to the people of South Africa, who survived the difficult
transition from terrorist gangs and the drive toward Communism to
a more honorable future. May we wish them Godspeed ahead!