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Mandela:'Long live the Cuban Revolution and Comrade Fidel Castro.' - U.S.'Threat to World Peace'
yahoo.com ^ | Sep 12, 2002 - 3:27 PM ET | Reuters

Posted on 09/13/2002 2:51:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African statesman Nelson Mandela urged the United States on Thursday to act only through the United Nations in its campaign against Iraq after a report in which he branded the U.S. a threat to world peace.

"Everybody who wants peace and stability in the world will respect the world body," he told reporters in Cape Town. "All its members (should) respect the United Nations charter. They don't do anything which might be disturb peace and stability."

President Bush issued a ringing challenge to the world body over Iraq on Thursday, saying if it did not force President Saddam Hussein to disarm and stop backing terrorism then "action will be unavoidable."

In an interview with Newsweek magazine on Monday, Mandela criticized the United States for acting unilaterally and undermining the United Nations as a forum for settling international disputes. He said hardline U.S. policies aimed to please American oil and arms companies.

"If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace," the 84-year-old African statesman said in the interview, which appears on Newsweek's Web Site.

Asked on Thursday if he believed a U.S. attack on Iraq could undermine world peace, the Nobel peace prize laureate said: "Oh most certainly, there is no doubt."

The United Nations imposed sanctions on Iraq after its invasion of Kuwait and imposed U.N. weapons inspectors on the country after the Gulf War. The inspectors left in 1998 ahead of a U.S.-British bombing campaign carried out in the name of forcing greater inspections compliance from Iraq.

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Bush and his top aides have accused Iraq of seeking weapons of mass destruction, saying it poses a danger to the Middle East region and the West. Iraq denies the charges.

"It is clearly a decision that is motivated by George W. Bush's desire to please the arms and oil industries in the United States of America," Mandela said in the Newsweek article.

Nearly every country in the world, with the exception of Britain and Israel, has expressed grave misgivings about a pre-emptive attack on Iraq and want prior approval by the 15-nations U.N. Security of any military action.

"On what basis must he (Bush) ignore the considered opinion of world leaders who are members of the United Nations and respect their charter," Mandela said in Cape Town after a 25th anniversary memorial event for slain black activist Steve Biko.

The statesman also warned that if the United States ignored the Security Council it would "introduce chaos in international relations and that must be condemned in the strongest terms."

Mandela championed the fight against white minority rule and emerged from 27 years in apartheid jails to become South Africa's first black president from 1994 to 1999.

During his presidency, Mandela's close ties to Cuba's Fidel Castro and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi irked Washington.

Mandela earlier told Newsweek that while it was not his personal view, others believed there was an element of racism behind Washington's unilateral policies.

"Many people say quietly, but they don't have the courage to stand up and say publicly, that when there were white (U.N.) secretaries-general you didn't find this question of the United States and Britain going out of the United Nations," he said.

"But now that you've had black secretaries-general like...Kofi Annan, they do not respect the United Nations. They have contempt for it," Mandela added.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africawatch; castro; castrowatch; communists; gaddafi; mandela; mugabe; terror
1964 QUOTATION: Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short- term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements. - Nelson Mandela

SPEECH OF THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, NELSON MANDELA, AT THE RALLY TO RELAUNCH THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY ***Johannesburg, 29 July 1990 - Comrade Chairman, Comrades and friends. …………….We are here today to participate with you in the public launch of the Communist Party, 40 years after it was banned. We do this because during the nearly 70 years of its existence, the Communist Party has distinguished itself as an ally in the common struggle to end the racial oppression and exploitation of the black masses of our country. It has fought side by side with the ANC for the common objective of the National Liberation of people, without seeking to impose its views on our movement.

It has been and is a dependable friend who respected our independence and our policy. Its members have been devoted Congressites who, as members of the ANC, have propagated and defended the policies of our movement, including the Freedom Charter, without hesitation. They have therefore given strength to our own movement, whatever their separate perspectives might be as an independent political formation.

Its leaders have been close friends and colleagues of the leaders of our movement. The general secretary of the Communist Party, comrade Joe Slovo, is an old friend. There is an old established friendship between his family and mine. We went to university together. We were co-accused in the Treason Trial of 1956 to 1961.

Over the years, we have shared the same views on fundamental issues to do with ending the criminal system of apartheid and the democratic transformation of our country. Today we share the same views about the vital importance and urgency of arriving at a political settlement through negotiations, in conditions of peace for all our people.

This personal and political relationship has been able to endure over the decades precisely because Joe Slovo and his colleagues in the Communist Party have understood and respected the fact that the ANC is an independent body. They have never sought to transform the ANC into a tool and a puppet of the Communist Party. ***

Castro Opens National Moncada Barracks Ceremony Cuba 30 Jul 91 FULL TEXT OF ARTICLE: 1. [Editorial Report] Havana Radio and Television Networks in Spanish at 2255 GMT on 26 July begin live coverage of the central national ceremony commemorating the 38th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks.

2. The ceremony opens with Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela standing together on the platform. The Cuban national anthem is played. Manolo Ortega, master of ceremonies, greets the people of Mantanzas and of Cuba. He notes the presence of honored guest, Nelson Mandela. The crowd applauds. He notes the presence of other honored international guests and diplomats accredited to Havana. He notes the arrival of a brigade of polytechnic students by bicycle who have ridden to Mantanzas from Santiago de Cuba. A representative of the youth brigade presents a banner to Fidel Castro. Fidel then presents several provincial enterprises with awards for over-fulfillment of the annual production quota.

3. Ortega introduces Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, vice president of the State Council and member of the Communist Party of Cuba Politboro, to present a State Council resolution. He reads the resolution which cites Nelson Mandela as the foremost freedom fighter against the racist regime of apartheid, and expresses Cuban rejoicing over the visit of Nelson Mandela. He notes Mandela's 27 years in prison, and explains that Mandela, from being the accused, has become the accuser in his fight for justice. He points out that Mandela chose to remain in prison rather than accept compromise with injustice. Today Mandela leads the African National Congress [ANC] with wisdom and patience. Therefore, in this decisive hour in Cuba, Cuba takes as a model the heroic attitude of Nelson Mandela as a representative of the highest attributes and characteristics. He points out that Jose Marti suffered imprisonment at 16 years of age. Therefore, the State Council of Cuba awards the Jose Marti Order to Comrade Nelson Mandela and requests that the insignia be awarded by State Council

President Fidel Castro at the central ceremony commemorating the Moncada Barracks attack.

4. Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela step to the front of the stage and Fidel pins the insignia of the Jose Marti Order on Nelson Mandela.

5. Ortega announces that the first speaker will be Comrade Nelson Mandela. Mandela begins speaking in English. His speech is translated into Spanish. Eventually, Mandela quits speaking and the translator reads the bulk of his speech in Spanish without Mandela saying it in English. Mandela greets Comrade Fidel Castro, the Cuban people, and especially Cuban internationalists ``who have done so much to free our continent.'' He notes the importance of July 26 and the role of Cuban internationalism, especially in Africa.

6. ``The people of Cuba hold a very special place in the hearts of the African people.'' He notes the ``imperialist campaign to destroy the gains of the Cuban Revolution.'' He expresses admiration for Cuban advances in science, education, literacy, medicine, and culture. He cites the ``systematic eradication of racism'' in Cuba, and predicts that ``the resilient people of Cuba will overcome their difficulties as they have helped other countries overcome theirs.''

7. He expresses great admiration for Jose Marti and Ernesto Che Guevara. ``The life of Che is a great inspiration for every person who loves liberty.'' He says that Africans are used to being victims of foreign countries, but there has never been another case of a foreign country coming to defend Africans. He points out that the Cuban-assisted defeat of the ``racist army'' in Cuito, Cuanavale, made freedom possible in Angola, in Namibia, and destroyed the myth of white racist invincibility. He says that the ANC has acquired the characteristics of a mass organization. Mandela discusses his hopes for a peaceful transfer of power in South Africa. He points out ``the ANC is not a communist party,'' but goes on to note the respect and cooperation between the ANC and the South African Communist Party. He expresses deep appreciation for the Jose Marti Award. ``Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live Comrade Fidel Castro.''

8. Monolo Ortega introduces the main speaker Commander in Chief Fidel Castro. The crowd chants and applauds. -END-

September 3, 2002 - Mandela, Iran, World Council of Churches Oppose Iraq Attack Threats*** "We are really appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the U.N. and attacks independent countries," Mandela said before going into a meeting with French President Jacques Chirac. "No country should be allowed to take the law into their own hands."

……….And a group of 37 Protestant and other church leaders from North America and Britain sent letters to their respective governments Friday expressing concern about "the likely human costs of war with Iraq, particularly for civilians," the World Council of Churches said Monday. They warned an attack would strengthen those promoting extremism and terrorism. ***

World Council of Churches and communism

December 15, 2001 Sinn Fein leader risks furor with Cuba visit***"Fidel Castro is a walking human rights violator," said J. Brian McCarthy, chairman of Irish American Republicans, a lobbying group. "We have supported Gerry Adams in the past and we will continue to support his efforts for peace and justice in the north of Ireland, but we will not allow him to go to Cuba and embrace a tyrant without comment."

The trip is planned to commemorate Cuban solidarity during the celebrated 1981 IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison. Ten strikers died in what became a major embarrassment for the British government over demands that IRA prisoners be given political status. As well as meeting Castro, the Sinn Fein delegation will unveil a monument in memory of the hunger strikers.

Analysts say the visit is part of an attempt to improve Adams' international standing while peace talks drag on with the British government. The IRA has lately come under increased international pressure for dragging its feet over decommissioning its weapons, a key element of the peace process.

In October Adams made a similar visit to South Africa, where he met with former President Nelson Mandela. During that visit he also unveiled a sculpture on Robben Island to commemorate those who have died on hunger strikes in Northern Ireland and South Africa. Analysts, however, say the merits of visiting Cuba are harder to see.

The trip will only serve to refocus debate over Sinn Fein's alleged involvement with left-wing Colombian guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, often known by its Spanish abbreviation, FARC. One of the three IRA suspects jailed in Colombia was Sinn Fein's unofficial representative in Havana, Niall Connolly.***

Gaddafi's systematic African takeover

Aligned with Castro and Gaddafi - Mugabe Vows to Defend Zimbabwe from Western 'Bullies' *** HARARE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - President Robert Mugabe vowed on Tuesday to defend his government against Western "bullies" and said Zimbabwe's economic recovery hinged on land redistribution. In a 40-minute speech to open the new parliamentary session, Mugabe made no direct mention of tighter EU sanctions, his media crackdown or any plans for his ZANU-PF party to resume talks with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Strongly defending his government's right to take possession of white farmers' land, he ignored a boycott of his speech by MDC legislators, who make up just over a third of the assembly.***

1 posted on 09/13/2002 2:51:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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The Cuba trip / Jesse should ignore Bush bullying***Jeb Bush is counting on the Cuban-American vote -- and on the donations of Florida's affluent Castro-haters -- to help him win reelection this fall. That, more than serious foreign policy considerations, may explain the heat Ventura is taking from the Bush brothers about his travel plans. Ventura should let the bullies kick up all the dust they want -- and keep his date in Havana.***
2 posted on 09/13/2002 2:58:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Castro's lesson for Saddam*** The Cuban Missile Crisis was resolved peacefully, after an American show of force involving a naval blockade and the assembly of an invasion fleet. A pre-emptive U.S. strike was at the ready. The key difference between 1962 and 2002 is that the U.S. was then dealing with another major power, not the local despot. The WMDs were in Soviet hands, and the Kremlin had larger concerns to consider when facing an aroused United States.

Mr. Castro showed himself to be emotionally unstable and reckless during the crisis, even calling on Khrushchev to launch a nuclear first strike on the United States rather than back down. Mr. Castro also opposed any arms inspections and wanted Moscow to keep a secret arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons in Cuba for use against an invasion. (At the height of the crisis, the Kremlin drafted an authorization for the Soviet commander in Cuba to use tactical nukes against U.S. forces).

In the wake of the crisis, Mr. Castro felt secure enough to launch a campaign of subversion throughout Latin America. He played a major role in the wars in Central America and sent Cuban troops to fight in support of Marxist regimes in Africa. Cuba remains a center for international terrorism and last December hosted a meeting of Latin American and Middle Eastern groups including the Columbian FARC and representatives from Iraq. Mr. Castro provided critical support (including personnel) to help Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez survive a coup attempt. And he is courting the Chinese. The cost of abandoning regime change in Cuba has been very high.

Saddam is in charge of his own WMD arsenal and Iraq's nuclear weapons program. He does not need subsidies from a patron, as he has plentiful oil reserves to finance his regime. He may already believe the chemical and bioweapons he possessed in 1991 deterred a U.S. march on Baghdad. Should he acquire nuclear weapons, his confidence as a survivor and leader of radical movements in the Middle East will skyrocket. A sizable proportion of the Iraqi people, as well as other Arabs, will hail Saddam as a leader who has what it takes to make the "imperialists" and their "puppets" back down.

Regime change in Iraq is a strategic necessity. It cannot be postponed, because time is not on America's side. Saddam must be removed before he has even a single nuclear bomb, and before he has the means to deliver his other WMDs on a large scale to distant targets. An invasion to liberate Iraq will be costly in money and effort, and possibly in lives. But the long-term costs of allowing Saddam to strengthen his position will be much higher on all counts. ***

3 posted on 09/13/2002 3:09:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
What the loss of Brazil to "the Reds" would mean for the United States Brazil is the second largest and second most powerful country in the Western Hemisphere, comprising over half the population and territory of South America. As it borders on ten other countries in Latin America, Brazil would be well-positioned to serve as regional hegemon of the South American continent were it to find the political will to do so. This would be particularly true were it to test a nuclear weapon and become a nuclear power. Brazil also boasts the world's eighth largest economy.

Da Silva has established extensive ties to international terrorism. He has been very critical of the US "War on Terror" and has professed admiration for such widely respected international statesmen as Saddam Hussein and Mohomar Quadafi. His election as President would greatly increase the prospect of a successful takeover of Columbia by the Communist FARC guerillas, which he fully supports. Mendes states that a Marxist regime in Brazil would also be well-positioned to help cause Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru to fall to would-be Marxist dictators and exploit the deepening economic crisis in Argentina, which I recently visited in June, and Paraguay. All told, a da Silva victory could well result in "as many as 300 million people" falling "under the control of anti-American dictatorships."

In 1990, da Silva co-founded the Forum of Sao Paulo with Cuban President Fidel Castro and former Nicaraguan Marxist President Daniel Ortega. The Forum is a kind of annual "Communist Party Congress" for Communists, anti-American terrorists and Marxist revolutionaries to meet together and strategize on how to best effect their plans for Communizing much if not most of Latin America. Venezuelan President and self-proclaimed Communist, Hugo Chavez has become a major power player in this organization since coming to power in 1998. Chavez is probably supporting the da Silva campaign to the tune of millions of dollars while Castro may also be committing hundreds of his intelligence operatives to help da Silva win the election.

Hugo Chavez - Venezuela

Fidel Castro - Cuba

4 posted on 09/13/2002 3:19:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This was a thread I posted on the subject the other day:

LINK

Truly disgusting that this man is so feted all around the world.

Regards, Ivan

5 posted on 09/13/2002 3:21:54 AM PDT by MadIvan
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To: MadIvan
Great post MadIvan!! I enjoyed and concur with your even handed translation.
6 posted on 09/13/2002 3:27:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Sister Rose
There's a little bay on the Southeaster Corner of Cuba, Mandela should hang out. Lovely Gitmo.
7 posted on 09/13/2002 3:38:25 AM PDT by Credo
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To: Credo
Bump!
8 posted on 09/13/2002 3:50:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
Excerpted from "Hillary Clinton and the Radical Left"***Why, for example, if you were one of them, would you tell the truth? If you were serious about your role in humanity's vanguard, if you had the knowledge (which others did not), that you were certain would lead them to a better world, why would you tell them a truth that they could not "understand" and that would hold them back?

If others could understand your truth, you would not think of yourself as a "vanguard." You would no longer inhabit the morally charmed world of an elite, whose members alone can see the light and whose mission is to lead the unenlightened towards it. If everybody could see the promised horizon and knew the path to reach it, the future would already have happened and there would be no need for the vanguard of the saints.

That is both the ethical core and psychological heart of what it means to be a part of the left. That is where the gratification comes from. To see yourself as a social redeemer. To feel anointed. In other words: To be progressive is itself the most satisfying narcissism.

That is why it is of little concern to them that their socialist schemes have run aground, burying millions of human beings in their wake. That is why they don't care that their panaceas have caused more human suffering than all the injustices they have ever challenged. That is why they never learn from their "mistakes." That is why the continuance of Them is more important than any truth.

If you were active in the so-called "peace" movement or in the radical wing of the civil rights causes, why would you tell the truth? Why would you tell people that no, you weren't really a "peace activist," except in the sense that you were against America's war. Why would you draw attention to the fact that while you called yourselves "peace activists," you didn't oppose the Communists' war, and were gratified when America's enemies won?

What you were really against was not war at all, but American "imperialism" and American capitalism. What you truly hated was America's democracy, which you knew to be a "sham" because it was controlled by money in the end. That's why you wanted to "Bring the Troops Home," as your slogan said. Because if America's troops came home, America would lose and the Communists would win. And the progressive future would be one step closer.

But you never had the honesty-then or now-to admit that. You told the lie then to maintain your influence and increase your power to do good (as only the Chosen can). And you keep on telling the lie for the same reason.

Why would you admit that, despite your tactical support for civil rights, you weren't really committed to civil rights as Americans understand rights? What you really wanted was to overthrow the very Constitution that guaranteed those rights, based as it is on private property and the individual-both of which you despise.

It is because America is a democracy and the people endorse it, that the left's anti-American, but "progressive" agendas can only be achieved by deceiving the people. This is the cross the left has to bear: The better world is only achievable by lying to the very people they propose to redeem.***------ Author: David Horowitz

9 posted on 09/13/2002 5:03:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: *AfricaWatch; Clive; sarcasm; Travis McGee; Byron_the_Aussie; robnoel; GeronL; ZOOKER; Bonaparte; ..
Bump!
10 posted on 09/13/2002 5:04:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: *Castro Watch
Bump!
11 posted on 09/13/2002 5:04:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Nelson, you've outlived your entertainment value. Time to put a burning tire around your neck.
12 posted on 09/13/2002 5:45:00 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Someone should remind Nelson Mandela if it weren't for the U.S and its support of the anti-apartheid movement, he'd probably wind up dead in prison of old age. What we have is an unreconstructed communist bitter at the fact the U.S is sending a message to tyrants everywhere, particularly his good friend Fidel Castro. The days of those who crush their people's aspirations for freedom while threatening the peace of the world are numbered. And that's where we Americans part company with the former South African President: we see America as a force for good in the world. All the more so after the events of 9-11, where as our President indicated in his speech at Ellis Island, that we mean to finish what our enemies began and we are deadly serious in settling accounts with them. Mandela can go and take his anti-American diatribe and stick it where the sun don't shine.
13 posted on 09/13/2002 5:52:24 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's no secret that A.N.C. actually stood for African National Communists.
14 posted on 09/13/2002 5:59:01 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: Kenton; goldstategop; Destructor
Bumps!!!
15 posted on 09/13/2002 6:09:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Everybody who wants peace and stability in the world will respect the world body," he told reporters in Cape Town. "All its members (should) respect the United Nations charter. They don't do anything which might be disturb peace and stability."

This is such an incredibly stupid statement on so many levels that we are all dumber for having read it. All I can say is AAAGGGGHHHHH!!!!

16 posted on 09/13/2002 6:46:38 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am finally back online after a system crash ( "recallibration error!" ) and partial recovery from bare metal... I'll be around, but am still trying to get back to where I was at noon yesterday- it's going to take a while.

I will eventually reconstruct my mass email groups, and am saving items like this post for that time.

17 posted on 09/13/2002 7:38:54 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You are as fearsome as Boadicea against these invading Marxist cannibals!

Great series of posts.
18 posted on 09/13/2002 8:13:13 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Too bad our country never wanted to acknowledge the truth about "The Necklace King", his sadistic wife, and the bouncing red Bishop. What was once a great country has been destroyed by US "sanctions", stupidity, and PC support of communist dictatorship.

19 posted on 09/13/2002 9:50:03 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Valin
So true!
20 posted on 09/13/2002 10:20:53 AM PDT by txlurker
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; harpseal; Snow Bunny; archy; StriperSniper; hchutch; ppaul; Mudboy Slim; ...

21 posted on 09/13/2002 12:04:33 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
SHEEEESH...Mandela's a Communist!! End of story...MUD
22 posted on 09/13/2002 1:41:13 PM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Necklace Mandela's Megalomania: End Near for Marxist Marionette

Necklace Mandela currently aiding butcher Mugabe as he ethnically cleanses Zimbabwe.

Mandela contributes to the harrassment, eviction, imprisonment, divestiture and murder of whites--

Mandela contributes to the certain famine and death of millions of blacks.

Mandela, comrade in arms with Castro, murderer of 100,000, premier jailer of political prisoners, the Western Hemisphere's Main Enemy of freedom.

Mandela, as fond of Qadafy's death squads killing Mugabe's black critics as he is and was of the machete slaughter of his own opponents.

Who died and made this piece of sh!t God? Karl Marx? Che Guevara?

Nelson, you may know Jesse Jackson, but the two of you don't know Jack Sh!t.

You can take your continent down the black hole of dictatorship, famine, starvation, AIDS, and poverty--

You can go help Chavez and da Silva and Fidel take Sud America down that same sewer--

. . .but the UN? You a statesman?

Gotta go with e. e. cummings when he said:

there is some shit i will not eat

23 posted on 09/13/2002 4:07:26 PM PDT by PhilDragoo
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
As soon as relations are normalized with Cuba, about 40 or 50 Cubans in Miami will return to Cuba, and countless thousands of Cubans now living in Cuba will migrate to the US one way or another.
24 posted on 09/13/2002 4:15:25 PM PDT by Consort
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To: PhilDragoo
Good rant.
25 posted on 09/14/2002 2:16:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: goldstategop; mhking
Someone should remind Nelson Mandela if it weren't for the U.S and its support of the anti-apartheid movement, he'd probably wind up dead in prison of old age.

Bingo. How much anti-apartheid support came from Cuba in comparison? How much $$ in sanctions against SA came from Cuba?

(Thanx for the ping mhking)

26 posted on 09/14/2002 4:07:52 PM PDT by mafree
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To: mafree
NELSON & WINNIE MANDELA

The communist orientation of the ANC is beyond dispute. There are many confirmations of this fact found in various publications, as well as statements by communists themselves:

"Indeed, there are close ties between the Soviet Union and the South African Communist Party, which, to a great extent, controls the ANC. Such influence began as early as 1917, the USSR now being very active in 10 Southern African nations: Namibia, Angola, Bothswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, and South Africa.

Soviet activity, of course, often assumes covert forms. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), for instance, formed near the end of 1985, actually is a new front for the ANC...." (South Africa and the Marxist Movement: A Study in Double Standards, Panos Bardis, p. 101)
WorldNetDaily has likewise demonstrated that the ANC is a communist organization: "The misdeeds of the Soviet-sponsored African National Congress have been well chronicled. It operated under and parallel to the South African Communist Party, established in the early 1920s as the first Communist Party outside the Soviet Union."

("Atrocities of the Marxist ANC: 'Truth' commission reveals Mandela's bloody path to power," Anthony LoBaido, July 3, 2000)

In 1944, Nelson Mandela became a member of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1952, he was confined to the Magisterial District of Johannesburg, South Africa; in 1956 he was charged with high treason, tried, and acquitted. In 1961, when the ANC was outlawed, Mandela evaded arrest but was jailed in November 1962 for five years. Mandela and his fellow revolutionaries were caught red-handed with: 48,000 Soviet-made anti-personnel mines, 210,000 hand grenades, and documents showing proof of involvement of Moscow, Algeria, China, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany in financing and backing a communist revolution in South Africa. Mandela admitted his guilt, was convicted after a free and fair trial, and was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 11, 1964. He was charged under the Suppression of Communism Act and was tried between October 1963 and June 1964. During this trial, a 62-page document in Mandela's own handwriting entitled How To Be a Good Communist was offered as evidence. This was the famous Rivonia Trial, named after Johannesburg’s fashionable suburb in the north, where in June and July 1963 the South African authorities found huge quantities of equipment designed for civil war.

At that time, Mandela was incarcerated not because he held unpopular political opinions (communist), but because he was convicted of 23 acts of sabotage and of conspiring to overthrow the government. The South African President P. Botha offered him freedom if he would renounce violence, but Mandela always refused the offer.

One of the most insightful descriptions of Mandela's political views is found in The Richmond News-Leader of May 2, 1986:

"The story goes that South Africa's jailed Nelson Mandela, and his wife Winnie are just your standard garden-variety moderates who want freedom for their country. But consider this. Moscow's communist party newspaper Pravda recently carried a story about Winnie Mandela, quoting her as saying: 'The Soviet Union is the torch-bearer for all our hopes and aspirations. We have learned and are continuing to learn resilience and bravery from the Soviet people, who are an example to us in our struggle for freedom, a model of loyalty to internationalist duty. In Soviet Russia, genuine power of the people has been transformed from dreams into reality. The land of the Soviets is the genuine friend and ally of all peoples fighting against the dark forces of world reaction.'

"This is not the swoony stuff of a dizzy moderate, but the disciplined ideologuese of a Soviet stooge."
Furthermore, Winnie Mandela's true colors and those of the ANC were revealed at Munsieville, on April 13, 1986, when she said: "With our boxes of matches and our necklaces ["necklacing:" a torture in which a gasoline-filled tire is placed around the neck of a victim and set ablaze], we shall liberate this country." (South African Digest, April 18, 1986, p. 324)

South Africa, meanwhile, given over by F.W. de Klerk and Pik Botha to the Marxist African National Congress, has turned into a cauldron of murder, rape, AIDS and anarchy.

Nelson Mandela has long had strong ties to the MPLA, as the Marxist Angolan regime has provided Mandela's African National Congress with a haven for its terrorist training bases.

In fact, upon his release from prison, Mandela gave a speech in Angola's capital of Luanda on May 10, 1990, in which he said: "The ANC brought young people into Angola to receive military training. This was indeed a major turning point in the history of South Africa. The progress we have made in our armed struggle is owed largely to Angola. Angola allowed us not only to receive arms from friendly countries abroad, but also allowed us to establish camp and gave us freedom to train our soldiers." ("A TRAGEDY IN ANGOLA: DeBeers, Clinton's executive order seeks to destroy anti-communist rebel movement," WorldNetDaily, January 30, 2000)

Mandela has committed numerous terrorist acts. Mandela ordered the infamous Church Street bombing, which went off at rush hour to maximize casualties of Afrikaner women, children and babies. He also told the black youth of South Africa at one point to "burn down" their schools. Mandela recently traveled to Libya and presented Qaddafi with South Africa's highest military medal.

His support of other communist dictatorships is blatant. In July 1991, Nelson and Winnie Mandela were in Cuba to celebrate the communist revolution with Fidel Castro. As Winnie referred to Cuba "as our second home," Nelson Mandela addressed the ceremony saying,
"Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro... Cuban internationalists have done so much for African independence, freedom, and justice. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the advances of the Cuban revolution. We too want to control our destiny... There can be no surrender. It is a case of freedom or death. The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people."
27 posted on 09/18/2002 11:53:43 AM PDT by Dqban22
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To: Mudboy Slim
Adolf, Fidel & Saddam by Ambassador J.W. Middendorf
09-17-2002 11:16 PM

Adolf, Fidel & Saddam
by Ambassador J.W. Middendorf
September 16, 2002 | |

Adolf Hitler was a joke. At least that’s how it seemed in the late 1930s, when I was in high school.

Newsreels showed a strutting popinjay; the soothing voice-overs made fun. Everyone knew that Germany was too poor to pose a threat to anyone. Reports of a "secret" air force and submarine fleet? Media hype. Anyway, it was far away. Someone else’s problem.

Three years later, I was a swabbie. My entire generation faced a deadly, uncertain future, and the world was in flames.

Fast forward to 1982. I was ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), and "alleged" Soviet incursions into the Western hemisphere were blithely dismissed. After all, we’d "won" the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. End of story, right?

Not really. Twenty years on, Cuba was home to more than 5,000 Soviets operating the largest intelligence-gathering network outside the Soviet Union. The Cuban military had $1 billion-worth of new equipment, including more than 200 MIG fighters. Cuban agents were training and equipping Communist cadres in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

And, now, Cuban workers were building a 9,000-foot runway in Grenada. To encourage tourism, they said. But the project was far too big for an island with fewer than 1,000 hotel rooms. Grenada’s hotels would be swamped by any more than two 747 planeloads of tourists in the same week.

Why such an ambitious effort? Here’s a hint: the operational range of a Cuban MIG fighter was 690 miles. With bases in Nicaragua, Havana and Grenada, the Soviet aircraft could threaten all of Latin America and interdict the vital sea-lanes of the Caribbean. Vital? At that time, more than half of all the oil imported into the United States was carried by ships passing within a few miles of Grenada.

Something had to be done, and soon. The October 1983 murder of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop -- by his own Marxist cronies -- provoked a wave of lawlessness. And that gave the United States a plausible reason to intervene: to safeguard 700 Americans enrolled at the island’s medical school.

The day after Bishop was killed, Vice President George Bush chaired a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) where I offered this assessment: the Latins would support an invasion -- if we won quickly. I then committed to work to dissuade our southern neighbors from passing any resolutions opposing our projected strike.

Aside from Cuba, there were some 31 Latin and Caribbean states. I spoke with all of them.

Most understood the problem of Soviet encroachment but felt they couldn’t deal with it. Privately, they might say, "Take them out." But publicly? "No comment." Most were hanging by a slender economic thread and would welcome aid and support from either the Soviet Union or the United States. Economic need usually trumps ideology. Someone else’s problem.

Still, several of the smaller island nations proved brave enough to call for U.S. intervention two days after Bishop’s death. Forty-eight hours later, we launched the invasion. President Reagan didn’t brief Congressional leaders until the following Tuesday, when the invasion was actually under way.

As wars go, "Operation Urgent Fury" was not very impressive. The assault force consisted of perhaps 7,000 Marines and Army troopers. Most of the island was secured by the second day.

As for our friends at the OAS, Reagan’s resolve had made our case. Yes, a virulent anti-American resolution was introduced. But no one -- not one nation -- would even second the motion.

The bottom line: Our action stemmed the tide of Soviet incursions in the hemisphere. That, at least, was the assessment of a former Soviet general I met at a Heritage Foundation board meeting in Moscow in the early 1990s. The Soviets, he told me, thought they had found in the Caribbean the "soft underbelly" of the United States. But Ronald Reagan gave them a big surprise in Grenada, and that, in the general’s opinion, marked the turning point of the Cold War.

Fast forward once more, to 2002. A new popinjay struts. This time, in Baghdad. And now armed with weapons of mass destruction and the demonstrated willingness to use them.

Saddam Hussein’s most vulnerable oil-rich neighbors stand mute. They will commit only to a winner. Our European "allies" seem hesitant and appear beyond reach. Someone else’s problem. Again.

# # #

In addition to his posting as U.S. Ambassador to the OAS, the writer served as Secretary of the Navy, Ambassador to the Netherlands, and Ambassador to the European Union.

Distributed nationally on the Scripps Howard wire
28 posted on 09/19/2002 9:17:57 AM PDT by Dqban22
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To: Dqban22
"...a virulent anti-American resolution was introduced. But no one -- not one nation -- would even second the motion."

Who introduced the motion? Castro?!

Thanks fer the ping...interesting analogy...MUD

29 posted on 09/19/2002 12:39:52 PM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Dqban22
Thanks for the info.
30 posted on 09/19/2002 8:44:06 PM PDT by mafree
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31 posted on 10/01/2002 9:31:16 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bttt
32 posted on 08/21/2003 3:36:05 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Bump!
33 posted on 08/21/2003 3:53:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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