G.H.W. Bush Blogs on the "genuine highlight" of his four years as president.
George H. W. Bush
Posted: 12/03/2013 10:48 am
Former President of the United States
Honoring Nelson Mandela
I was honored to be the first American President to welcome Mr. Mandela to the White House. It remains a genuine highlight from those four years I was privileged to hold that high office.
Together with Poland's Lech Walesa and Czechoslovakia's Vaclav Havel, I viewed Nelson Mandela as one of the great moral leaders during that hopeful and transformative era of global change.
Early in 1990, after President de Klerk announced his intention to release Mr. Mandela -- who was then the African National Congress leader -- I publicly welcomed the news as it was another significant step on the road to the nonracial, democratic South Africa we all desired.
Following his 27 years of wrongful imprisonment, it would have been understandable if Mr. Mandela had harbored and expressed more animosity -- more bitterness -- towards his political adversaries. That he didn't is one of the more remarkable examples of grace and dignity I have ever witnessed.
More than that, it showed Nelson Mandela's true wisdom and, indeed, his genuine devotion to the cause of all his countrymen that he did not indulge whatever personal emotions he may have felt in private.
Nelson Mandela knew that the progress for which he had long fought and suffered would be tougher to achieve had he contributed to a climate of division and recrimination.
In our meetings at the White House, on June 25, 1990, we talked about the future of South Africa -- and how the United States could contribute towards the positive change we were already seeing. We talked about how we shared the goal of true democracy and dismantling, once and for all, the vestiges of apartheid -- a system that based the rights and freedoms of citizenship on the color of one's skin.
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Now get this: G. H.W. Wrote that TWO DAYS BEFORE MANDELA DIED.
He ordered bombings as a young man when forming umKhonto we Sizwe but there are no direct accounts of him leading men anywhere such as Washington did in Jumonville Glen and attacking sleeping unarmed men.
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But if you murdered school teachers, tortured and raped women, mutilated and executed civilians and went by the name of the African National Congress, according the St. Nelson, you were "the moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers"
Just like you are channeling Obama. Time for the caveats to begin, no more "period".Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos;1062642398[B