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Is the West being honest about Mandela?

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By Peter Okwalinga

Posted  Tuesday, December 31   2013 at  02:00
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There’s no doubt that Nelson Mandela ran and finished his ordinary race, extraordinarily. His death is timely; he only had been cheating death. Perhaps that’s why a plethora of Western leaders thronged to venerate the dead Madiba. With their flowery speeches, affirming that they have no respect for the wish of Mandela not to be idolized. And to this effect, I’m afraid he has not yet started resting in eternal peace, partly because his former tormentors have been venerating a dead person and his wish hasn’t been observed.

Jacob Zuma and the Namibian President, were the only African leaders who spoke at the memorial, and I think Madiba would go back to prison for world leaders to have an equal opportunity to speak at his memorial. The rest of the speeches were made by leaders and former leaders of Western countries. A stern tawdry of imperialists, attempting to rewrite history as chief mourners.

Beware that no amount of exaggeration of their sorrow will undo the fact that they hated Mandela. America’s norm of creating temporary friends and having permanent enemies is proof that Mandela has been their antagonist. But now that Madiba is gone he will be loved eternally.

“In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed Mandela’s African National Congress on America’s official list of “terrorist” groups. In 1985, then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted against a resolution urging that he be released from jail. In 2004, after Mandela criticised the Iraq War, an article in National Review said his “vicious anti-Americanism and support for Saddam Hussein should come as no surprise, given his long standing dedication to communism and praise for terrorists.” And as late as 2008, the ANC remained on America’s terrorism watch list, thus requiring the then 89-year-old Mandela to receive a special waiver from the secretary of State to visit.”

So Madiba was considered a terrorist for remarking that: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”

Madiba’s death is, therefore, timely; he died at the time America is morally bankrupt, a moribund economic power and a paranoia state. To this their hypocrisy has been exposed even for the blind and the deaf, to see and hear.