Balancing the Canonization of Nelson Mandela

It is difficult to conceive how the secular press could become much more propagandistic than they are over the near canonization of Nelson Mandela. Crisis magazine website publishes this candid account of Mandela’s record.

As was made clear by testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Mandela was personally involved in the targeting and timing of terrorist bombings that took place during his imprisonment, such as the infamous “Church Street Massacre,” designed to maximize casualties among Afrikaner women and children. Even a group as left-leaning as Amnesty International refused to grant Mandela political prisoner status because of the obviously violent character of his ideology and his actions. His African National Congress party ran a horrific camp for political prisoners in Angola, with daily torture and murder, often by the “necklacing” technique, whereby a gasoline-filled tire is placed around the neck of a victim and set ablaze. Virtually all the victims of this particular horror were blacks.

To be honest about Mandela’s terrorist record is not to support apartheid or racism. The article acknowledges Mandela’s good points, but charts the violence and terrorism that was at the core of his revolutionary ideology. Read the whole thing here.

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