Inspirational and a truly remarkable man. Proof that ordinary people can do extraodinary things. He has become a symbol of what one can achieve with true dedication to a cause and the world is a poorer place as a result of his passing.
I would say the most remarkably stupid reaction to Mr. Mandela's death came from our favorite, Rick Santorum:
Rick Santorum compares Obamacare to apartheid in clumsy Mandela tribute | World news | theguardian.com
Mandela, he told Fox News within hours of the great man’s death, “was fighting against some great injustice. I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives — and Obamacare is front and center in that.”
Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.
one 77 year old was killed at that 1964 bombing. Your estimate of "hundreds" isn't even agreed by the South African police which states that 130 were killed between 1976 and 1986.
You and your source overplay your hand very badly.
As for the word terrorist - the Apartheid government and the American government threw that term out once umKhonto we Sizwe took their first action against government installations which were a direct result of the Sharpeville massacre. Telling that you care more about denigrating Mandela throughout this thread than the government which he opposed and which failed to break him.
As for your earlier challenge to PeteEU about George Washington and the word "terrorist" - the term hadn't been invented yet so your challenge was a strawman nobody could ever face. First record of use of the word "terrorist" was 1796. Washington was born 1732 and died 3 years after the first use of the word terrorist - he was aged 67.
As for what he faced - the causes of the war of independence are many and some ignoble (such as the desire to expand into Indian areas and steal their land) whereas Mandela was fighting for the return of stolen lands and the murder of unarmed civilians.
Last edited by Infinite Chaos; 12-07-13 at 03:47 AM.
"Since 1994, the end of the so-called Apartheid, whites ... especially white farmers, have been subject to extremely brutal and racist murders. About 50 people on average are murdered in South-Africa per day, of which at least 20 of them are whites (95+ % black on white murder rate). Please take into consideration that white people make up only 9% (4 500 000) of the demographics in South-Africa and therefore the white murder rate in South-Africa is quite significant. "
Genocide Watch - White Genocide in South Africa
"Afrikaner farmers are being exterminated at the genocidal annual rate of 313 per 100,000 inhabitants. Or, in the estimation of Dr. Gregory H. Stanton who heads "Genocide Watch," "four times as high as is for the rest of the population," making farming in South Africa the most dangerous occupation in the world. (Miners, by comparison, suffer 27.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers.)"
War On White South Africa | Ilana Mercer
I didn't know how to cancel my original post which was even more irrelevant so I did the 5 character post I learned from others..
Ready to go pray for Mandela/Pearl Harbor and thank the Pope with my wife..Back in a few hours .
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