Kincaid on Mandela the Communist Terrorist

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media is not happy with Karl Rove. In the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela, Rove wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal about the world leaders who died in 2013 and — gasp! — he said nice things about Mandela. Kincaid gives the usual far-right response:

Referring to Nelson Mandela, Rove says he “spent 26 years in prison before emerging to end apartheid and serve as the first president of a multiracial South African democracy.” However, Mandela’s debt to Soviet communism, which armed his movement, went unmentioned in Rove’s Wall Street Journal column. Rove also failed to note that the communists who run South Africa today counted Mandela as one of their own. The “democratic” South Africa of today is effectively a one-party state, and the white minority is under siege and facing genocide.

Rove writes that Mandela went “on trial for his life,” neglecting to mention that he was convicted of terrorism and could have been hanged for his crimes. Instead, Mandela received a prison sentence. The white government was actually quite lenient and offered to release him if he would renounce violence and terrorism. He never did. His terrorism cost innocent lives.

See, here’s the thing about these accusations of terrorism: It’s only “terrorism” if one supports the government that acts of violence were used against. Kincaid surely had no problem with Yitzhak Shamir, who committed acts of violence in helping to create Israel. In fact, Accuracy in Media had a glowing column devoted to Shamir when he died. He didn’t have any problem with the Nicaraguan Contras, who committed a vast range of violent attacks and human rights abuses. In fact, he used to work for one of Ollie North’s “patriot” organizations. So why are those people heroes while Mandela is a terrorist? Because Kincaid supported the white apartheid government of South Africa, I’m betting.


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  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Because Kincaid supported the white apartheid government of South Africa, I’m betting.

    I’m betting that too.

    What’s also amusing is observing the further split between the Rove faction of the GOP, and the Tea Partiers. The Rove faction wants to employ its usual tactic of neutralizing a threat by co-opting it and claiming it as one of their own, as we often see done with MLK. The Tea Partiers aren’t having it when it comes to Mandela and persist in labelling him a commie. Especially amusing is watching FOX News try to have it both ways.

  • Mandela was a great man who accomplished great things, none of which matters because he accepted help from our enemies, who only helped him because we aided his enemies. And, yes, apartheid, in the light of history, was technically a bad thing, but had we stuck to our guns, supported the status quo and promoted investment in South Africa instead of tolerating the dirty hippies and their divestment from South Africa, everything would have worked out fine anyway. Eventually.

    As it is said, “All Good needs to win is for Good people to do nothing. Because shut up, that’s why”.

  • tubi

    It’s only “terrorism” if one supports the government that acts of violence were used against.

    There’s a billboard along the highway to my in-laws that shows a picture of some American colonials in uniform and some modern day Marines. The tagline reads something like, “Defending our freedom for 200 years.” Every time I see it, I think, “But to the Tories, the American soldiers were terrorists, dumping tea, blowing up armories, shooting at them from the trees, etc.”

    Why is the American Colonial Army lauded but the IRA vilified? There’s a thin line between “terrorist” and “freedom fighter”.

  • jamessweet

    Frankly, Kincaid is being more honest here than Rove. I respect what he said more. I disagree with it of course, but it’s better that he is being honest.

  • The white minority is “facing genocide?” Are they being lined up and shot? Or is he worried that white people may breed with non-white people (oh noes!) and thus “contaminate” their bloodlines?

  • matty1

    Why is the American Colonial Army lauded but the IRA vilified?

    Because the winners write the history books.

  • His terrorism cost innocent lives.

    Specifics, please?

    …but it’s better that he is being honest.

    What’s so “honest” about repeating a pack of racist lies and hysteria?

  • Donnie

    I am sure that he wrote a glowing obit to Ronald Reagan and mentioned that he armed the Taliban with weapons to fight the communist Russians. The weapons and tactics learned by the Taliban were very useful against the US over the past 10 decades.

    I guess that it goes without saying that he feels MLK Jr is a terrorist because he caused race riots. Had he just shut up and let the white people work it out there would have been lynchings.

    Do not get me started on Reagan supplying Iraq with weapons that were turned against the US.

    I think that I see a trend….

  • Donnie

    @Tubi: Following up above, the Freedom Fighters of the ’80s became the Taliban of the ’00s. The difference is perspective. Are you aligned with the politics of the group? If so, “Freedom Fighters”. If not, “Terrorists”. The same thing will play out in US regarding the right wing militias.

    In this case, Freedom Fighters for some right wing kooks – Terrorists to the rest of the U.S. population.

  • Not all Americans seemed to think the IRA were a bunch of evil nasties.

  • Donnie: did the Taliban even exist during Reagan’s term?

    And if the Taliban learned anything, it was probably from their principal sponsors the Pakistani ISI, not the US.

    You’re sounding kinda like another Don who got banned from here…

  • dingojack

    “… the white minority is under siege and facing genocide.”.

    That’ll be news to them!

    His terrorism cost innocent lives“.

    Nope, not a one*.

    Accuracy in the Media? Don’t make me laugh.

    (Is it just me, or does Kincaid’s screed really seem to be teetering on the edge of hysteria?)



    * Like The Weathermen, the ANC targeted infrastructure rather than people. They figured it had less ‘blowback’ from public opinion, was far harder to police and was more devastating to the regime.

  • dingojack

    Raging Bee – This is what the FoAW says (for what it’s worth):

    The Taliban movement traces its origin to the Pakistani-trained mujahideen in northern Pakistan, during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. When Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq became President of Pakistan he feared that the Soviets were planning to invade Balochistan, Pakistan so he sent Akhtar Abdur Rahman to Saudi Arabia to garner support for the Afghan resistance against Soviet occupation forces. In the meantime, the United States and Saudi Arabia joined the struggle against the Soviet Union by providing all the funds.[1] Zia-ul-Haq has been labelled the “grandfather of global Islamic jihad”. He aligned himself with Pakistan’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam and later picked General Akhtar Abdur Rahman to lead the insurgency against the Soviet Union inside Afghanistan. About 90,000 Afghans, including Mohammad Omar, were trained by Pakistan’s ISI during the 1980s.[1]”




    [1] Pakistan: A Plethora of Problems (PDF). Global Security Studies, Winter 2012, Volume 3, Issue 1, by Colin Price, School of Graduate and Continuing Studies in Diplomacy. Norwich University, Northfield, VT. Retrieved 2012-12-22.

  • macallan

    Rove also failed to note that the communists who run South Africa today counted Mandela as one of their own.

    In which parallel universe is SA run by communists now?

    Or, what in Cthulhu’s name is this guy smoking?