Skip to comments.Clintons, Oprah Lead Star Studded Tribute to Senile, Communist Mandela (Photos)
Posted on 07/19/2003 4:12:16 PM PDT by nwrep
Clintons, Oprah Lead Star Studded Tribute to Senile, Communist Mandela
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former U.S. president Bill Clinton (news - web sites) led a host of glittering stars and world luminaries in celebrating the 85th birthday of former South African leader Nelson Mandela on Saturday.
Irish rock star Bono and U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey were among international guests celebrating the anti-apartheid hero, who turned 85 on Friday, at a banquet for 1,600 people.
Mandela's South African invitations spanned the range of his many years of political activity, stretching from fellow struggle hero and Nobel peace laureate Tutu to apartheid South Africa's last president, F.W. de Klerk.
"We thank God for you Madiba, for teaching us to forgive," said Tutu of the man who led South Africa down the road to democracy, peace and reconciliation, seemingly against all odds.
"We thank you Madiba for making our country a beacon of hope for the rest of the world," he added, using the clan name "Madiba" by which Mandela is fondly known in his home country.
Bringing an Irish theme to the event, rock star Bono joined Irish band the Corrs on stage and Clinton quoted verses by Irish Nobel literature laureate Seamus Heaney in praise of Mandela.
"You have made hope and history thrive. You have made beautiful music in all our lives. I hope our birthday present to you will be a lifetime of service, to make Africa all it can be, and to make the world the village your life deserves," he said.
The banquet was Mandela's biggest party since his 80th birthday celebrations, when he married his third wife, former Mozambican first lady Graca Machel.
Sweeping into the highly guarded event in a plush northern suburb of Johannesburg, guests poured adulation on Africa's revered elder statesman. "I have deep, deep love for him," said Winfrey. "Madiba is an inspiration for all of our hearts."
Clinton arrived fresh from delivering the first in a series of annual lectures inaugurated in Mandela's honor, at which he had called for more debt relief for Africa.
The former U.S. President and his family received a warm welcome in contrast to the relatively cold shoulder presented to George W. Bush by the South African public when the current U.S. president made a short state visit earlier this month.
That's a good question.
No one likes for his cherished illusions to be disturbed by truth, and the bearer of truth is especially despised by the delusional.
People will literally kill someone who disturbs their paradigm by bringing truth into it.
As for Oprah--I like her very much, admire her, and feel great affection for her; she is obviously brilliant and a profoundly good person. However, she will fall all over some illiterate rock star or some brainless "celebrity" but show no evidence of admiration for someone as brilliant, outstanding, and worthy of admiration and respect as Condoleeza Rice and President Bush.
"The United Nations is here to promote peace in the world and any country that acts outside the United Nations is making a serious mistake."
Mandela, a frequent critic of US policy on Iraq, also said that countries were only challenging the mandate of the United Nations now because Secretary-General Kofi Annan is black.
A threat to world peace "I have also said when the secretary-generals were white, we never had the question of any country ignoring the United Nations," he said.
"But now that we have got the black secretary-generals like Boutros Boutros Ghali and now Kofi Annan, certain countries that believe in white supremacy, are ignoring the United Nations," he said
Shame on You America!
The questions were prompted by Mandela hailing Castro's Cuba in May: "There's one thing where that country stands out head and shoulders above the rest. That is in its love for human rights and liberty." A week later in Libya, he praised Qaddaf's "commitment to the fight for peace and human rights in the world." These statements, which appeared in The New Republic, were never quoted on the networks when he said them, or when he visited here.
Research studies now project that one in five - listen to me, hard to believe - one in five heterosexuals could be dead from AIDS at the end of the next three years. That's by 1990. One in five. It is no longer just a gay disease. Believe me. OW in 1987
Does a brilliant person fall so readily for such obvious propaganda?
"There's nothing here that age won't cure ..."
Yes. They can and sometimes do. Everyone is susceptible to denial and other forms of delusion, even the highly intelligent.
Because they are communists.
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