Skip to comments.Nelson Mandela and the Cheap Caricature of Ronald Reagan
Posted on 12/06/2013 2:04:36 PM PST by 6ft2inhighheelshoes
It started in the recent movie The Butler, in which President Reagan is portrayed as opposing sanctions against South Africa because--well, the movie leaves the audience to suppose he simply had a heart of stone--and now, in the coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela, Reagan is being mentionedat least on NPR, to which I listened this morningas if he were some kind of racist throwback.
A handful of facts:
1. Reagan opposed apartheid and said so, often and publicly. From his 1986 speech on South Africa:
The root cause of South Africa's disorder is apartheid, that rigid system of racial segregation wherein black people have been treated as third-class citizens in a nation they helped to build. America's view of apartheid has been, and remains, clear: apartheid is morally wrong and politically unacceptable. The United States cannot maintain cordial relations with a government whose power rests upon the denial of rights to a majority of its people, based on race.
If South Africa wishes to belong to the family of Western nations, an end to apartheid is a precondition.
2. Far from playing cozy with the Afrikaans government, as, for example, Bill Keller of the New York Times seemed to suggest on NPR this morning, Reagan himself imposed sanctions against the South African government, issuing an executive order that curtailed military and official relations between the U.S. and Pretoria. I repeat: Reagan himself imposed sanctions against South Africa.
3. Did Reagan oppose economic sanctions against South Africa? He did indeed. Because he had a heart of stone? Nonsense. "The primary victims of an economic boycott of South Africa," the President explained, "would be the very people we seek to help." Again, from his 1986 speech on the matter:
Most of the workers who would lose jobs because of sanctions would be black workers. We do not believe the way to help the people of South Africa is to cripple the economy upon which they and their families depend for survival.
ODhhNzAzOTQ3OCMvZEUxWEEtcjlVTkQtLURUZFp1dy0wNzI5OVVVPS84NDB4NTMwL3NtYXJ0L2ZpbHRlcnM6cXVhbGl0eSg3NSk6c3RyaXBfaWNjKDEpL2h0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZzMy5hbWF6b25h... Alan Paton, South Africa's great writer, for years the conscience of his country, has declared himself emphatically: ''I am totally opposed to disinvestment,'' he says. ''It is primarily for a moral reason. Those who will pay most grievously for disinvestment will be the black workers of South Africa. I take very seriously the teachings of the Gospels, in particular the parables about giving drink to the thirsty and the food to the hungry. I will not help to cause any such suffering to any black person.'' Nor will we.
Looking at a map, southern Africa is a single economic unit tied together by rails and roads. Zaire and its southern mining region depends upon South Africa for three-fourths of her food and petroleum. More than half the electric power that drives the capital of Mozambique comes from South Africa. Over one-third of the exports from Zambia and 65 percent of the exports of Zimbabwe leave the [continent through South Africa. Mines in South Africa employ] 13,000 workers from Swaziland, 19,000 from Botswana, 50,000 from Mozambique and 110,000 from the tiny landlocked country of Lesotho. Shut down these productive mines with sanctions and you have forced black mine workers out of their jobs and forced their families back in their home countries into destitution....
Reasonable people can certainly differ about Reagan's assertion that economic sanctions would do more harm than good. What is clearwhat is a matter of public record so obvious that only the mainstream media could ignore itis that his motives were high. Reagan had an argument. A humane one.
video of a white woman being stoned and raped in South Africa by a crowd of blacks and with the consent of the South Africa government(mandelas creation):
mandela was a genocidal communist
they are committing genocide against white people in South Africa( stage 6 genocide) . google and check images also
the latest trend is rape , and disembowelment of white women in South Africa, with the Sanction of the black government(legacy of Mandela). google this if you think im lying
the U.S. news media celebrates this
they are raping then disemboweling (while alive) white women some as old as 80 and young little girls too
The other reason the media loves Mandela dying, is it gives them one final chance to bash Reagan.
Reagan Diaries: Detested Apartheid But Refused to Support Sanctions, Never Mentions Mandela
I can dredge up dozens of photos of Mandela hugging, kissing, and embracing Fidel Castro, Yasir Arafat, and Momar Gaddafi. Nelson Mandela was no saint and this revisionist media display is nauseating (and decidedly partisan).
“LOOK! A squirrel!”
Can you oppose apartheid without embracing Marxist terrorism??
He took Iraq’s side in the first Gulf War if I remember correctly, he called it a war for oil
From your link to Reagans diary (pretty smart analysis, espec. the last sentence, for an old guy that always was napping. /s):
Friday December 7, 1984
Bishop Tutu of S. Africa came in. Im sure he is sincere in his belief that we should turn our back on S.A. & take actions such as sanctions to bring about a change in race relations. He is naïve. Weve made considerable progress with quiet diplomacy. There are S. Africans who want an end to Apartheid & I think they understand what we are doing. American owned firms in S.A. treat their employees as they would in Am. This has meant a tremendous improvement for thousands & thousands of S.A. Blacks. There have been other improvements but there is still a long way to go. The Bishop seems unaware, even though he himself is Black, that part of the problem is tribal not racial. If apartheid ended now there still would be civil strife between the Black tribes.
So fawning upon our betters improves us?
Might we bask briefly in the glory of the Great Ones?
Yeah, I'll pass.
I am SO tired of having "black heroes" splashed all over just about every media report, every TV show and every movie.
Obama has ordered flags at half-mast for nine days for Mandela, for Lady Margaret Thatcher...not worth his attention!
Meantime, being totally ignored by the world "journalists"...and I fear, headed our way.... in Zimbabwe...
For all its faults, South Africa was not the biggest violator of human rights in the world. Reagan, rightly saw the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and other communist countries as far worse. Opposite of South Africa, people voted with their feet to get out of these countries. His policies sought to prevent expansion of communism into Central America and the Carribean. Nevertheless, the same people who wanted to condemn South Africa, also tried to thwart Reagan's efforts in Grenada, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
And these people (and their successors)today seek to excuse the human rights violations perpetrated by a large chunk of Muslim countries. South Africa, as far as I know did not regularly behead, stone or terrorize blacks.
They are turning mandela into a Tin Saint for the left. Yes, he had good qualities but he was still a communist and all.
Fawn on, fawner.
There’s a really interesting documentary on the album and tour Graceland. Paul Simon had the same position as Reagan but at the end he had to come crawling to the marxists and apologize. But before he did, he showed the wonder and joy of his music and the tour. One of my all time favorite albums.
She said it was like being in prison. She could not go outside her compound without an armed guard - could not even go into her garden without an escort.
Yes, it is bad there for white folks.
I know but there are idiots even on this site saying there is no genocide in South Africa
Nelson Mandelas Trial has been properly conducted. The judge has been scrupulously fair.
By Humberto Fontova, on December 5, 2013
His (Nelson Mandelas) cell became a private home with a swimming pool, complete with white servants. In this picture Nelson Mandela chats with his former chef Jack Swart outside the house he spent the last years of imprisonment....Upon his release from the hospital Mandela was moved to Victor Verster Prison...where he had a secluded cottage with the pool. When he arrived, he was greeted by Coetsee, the justice minister, bearing a case of wine...The cottage did in fact give me the illusion of freedom, Mandela wrote. I could go to sleep and wake up as I pleased, swim whenever I wanted, eat when I was hungry...It was altogether pleasant, but I never forgot that it was a gilded cage, Mandela said of his final prison.
This posts title comes from Anthony Sampson, one of the dozens of international observers at Nelson Mandelas trial for terrorism in 1964.
South Africas apartheid regime was no model of liberty. But even its most violent enemies enjoyed a bona fide day in court under a judge who was not beholden to a dictator for his job (or his life.) When Nelson Mandela was convicted of 193 counts of terrorism committed between 1961 and 1963, including the preparation, manufacture and use of explosives, including 210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, his trial had observers from around the free world. The trial has been properly conducted, wrote Anthony Sampson, correspondent for the liberal London Observer. The judge, Mr Justice Quartus de Wet, has been scrupulously fair. Sampson admitted this though his own sympathies veered strongly towards Mandela. (Indeed, Sampson went on to write Nelson Mandelas authorized biography.)
In sharp contrast, when Ruby Hart Phillips, the Havana correspondent for the flamingly Castrophile New York Times, attended a mass-trial of accused Castro-regime enemies, she gaped in horror. The defense attorney made absolutely no defense, instead he apologized to the court for defending the prisoners, she wrote in February 1959. The whole procedure was sickening. The defendants were all murdered by firing squad the following dawn.
In 1961 a Castro regime prosecutor named Idelfonso Canales explained Cubas new system to a stupefied defendant, named Rivero Caro who was himself a practicing lawyer in pre-Castro Cuba. Forget your lawyer mentality, laughed Canales. What you say doesnt matter. What proof you provide doesnt matter, even what the prosecuting attorney says doesnt mater. The only thing that matters is what the G-2 (military police) says!
According to Anti-Apartheid activists a grand total of 3,000 political prisoners passed through South Africas Robben Island prison in roughly 30 years under the Apartheid regime, (all after trials similar to the one described above by Anthony Sampson.) Usually about a thousand were held. These were out of a South African population of 40 million. Heres what Mandelas jail cell looked like towards the end of his sentence.
According to the Human Rights group, Freedom House, a grand total of 500,000 political prisoners have passed through Castros various prisons and forced labor camps (many after trails like the one described by R.H Phillips above, others with none whatsoever. ) At one time in 1961, some 300,000 Cubans were jailed for political offenses (in torture chambers and forced-labor camps designed by Stalins disciples, not like Mandelas as seen above.) This was out of a Cuban population in 1960 of 6.4 million.
So who did the wold embargo for injustice? and human-rights abuses?
Mandelas Castrophilia was simple loyalty to someone who had helped out his terrorist group when it most needed help. Actually, I cant get too worked up over Mandelas Castrophilia. Loyalty is (usually) a noble human quality, and he owed Castro big-time.
But how about the Castrophilia of the hundreds of other politicians and world leaders (many in the U.S.: George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, etc., etc.)???
Theres something really perverse there.