Skip to comments.Current of joy powers The Elders' peace gathering
Posted on 07/19/2007 9:51:09 AM PDT by maine-iac7
JOHANNESBURG -- The official order of business yesterday was the introduction of The Elders: convened at the request of Nelson Mandela, a collection of former leaders that has begun to work together to advance the causes of peace and global justice.
Five Nobel Laureates and a handful of other eminences gathered on the stage in Johannesburg as Mr. Mandela announced that they would seek to fulfill the traditional role of elders in a village, providing wisdom and leadership and attempting to resolve conflicts, taking on everything from climate change to the fighting in Darfur.<>p>snip
But as the Elders sat in a row and spoke about their very serious work, a current - of irreverence, of resilience, of what looked very much like joy - kept bubbling up through the formality. And Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who chairs this elders' council, voiced the true theme of the gathering: "Goodness will prevail."
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front and center - carter and koffi
How does 'goodness' 'prevail' out of evil and corruption?
Jimmah Cahtah’s taxpayer financed Cahtah Centah spent 25 years lobbying for Jimmah’s Peace Prize and finally got it. Is that “goodness” or what ?
Nelson, does your wisdom involve necklacing, trying to blow up the Parliament building, or skimming billions of dollars from a starving country to fatten U.N. bureaucrats' Swiss bank accounts?
And why don't I think Nelson Mandela's hands are clean where graft is concerned? Something about how he jumped out there in opposition to the Iraq war with such gusto, when you might argue he should have been grateful to the U.S. for helping to destroy the Republic of South Africa.
Jimmy Carter? The Father of the Iranian Revolution?
When I think of how many times Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Mary Robinson have coddled and supported terrorists, kissed up to the world’s worst regimes, undermined and reviled Israel, and assailed the Bush administration for daring to fight evil, I have no confidence that these clowns know anything about how to ensure that “goodness will prevail.”
Can you IMAGINE the outrage if someone like Tom Monaghan or Bill Simon, Jr., went out and bought himself a council of right-wing has-beens to sing his tune and eat fois gras together for the cameras?
And with unicorns frolicking playfully in the background, the elite, prestigious, erudite group joined hands and swayed to sweet melodies as they hummed their united, blissful agreement which moved the mountains to stir and the stars to brighten.
Memo to Nelson:
Not every society in this world is a stone-age tribe - your personal experiences notwithstanding.
Surely a barf alert would have been good on this...wretching nowwwwww