This is so sad for me to hear. So much of what we’ve been told by the establishment has been only partly true.
I fell in love with the fight against apartheid in South Africa after seeing the movie, “Cry Freedom” — so much so that I decided to spend a couple of weeks there to see the impact of the end of apartheid for myself in the late ’90s.
I was also very impressed with how Mandela and Tutu treated the white, apartheid abusers with a refreshing amount of forgiveness. Forgiving others has been a subject I’ve studied a lot.
Mandela oversaw the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate crimes committed under apartheid by both the government and the ANC, appointing Desmond Tutu as its chair. To prevent the creation of martyrs, the Commission granted individual amnesties in exchange for testimony of crimes committed during the apartheid era. Dedicated in February 1996, it held two years of hearings detailing rapes, torture, bombings, and assassinations, before issuing its final report in October 1998. … Mandela praised the Commission’s work, stating that it “had helped us move away from the past to concentrate on the present and the future.” (source)
I was so excited about Mandela that the only souvenir that I really wanted was a Mandela t-shirt, which I found very difficult to find. I asked why, and was told that he wasn’t really that popular, which their sad faces reinforced.
The tourists were excited, though. Boat tours to his prison cell were booked up weeks in advance. Few know the real reason why he was in prison, and how he could have been released if he would have renounced his terrorism violence.
I left South Africa perplexed. While there, I knew about his wife, Winnie’s necklacing murders, and wondered how Nelson could have married such a person. Only now am I finally realizing how dark Nelson’s evil side really was, which is explored here to bring some real-history balance to what we know of this man.
Nelson Mandela: A Terrorist? – Inconvenient Truths from a Christian Scholar
By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch: Bill Muehlenberg’s commentary On December 8, 2013
It was not my intention to say anything about this subject, but with so much hagiography and historical revisionism taking place already, even by Christians, it seems a piece to help bring a bit of balance here might be in order. The impression we are getting from many is this: not only was Nelson Mandela messianic….
If he were such a great Christian, plenty of Christians suffered under him, as South African missionary Dr Peter Hammond has said. As one article states, “Mandela was deeply involved in terrorist activity and is responsible for promoting wickedness in the land. ‘I wouldn’t generally want to celebrate somebody who made his position in life by blowing people up,’ he stated on a recent broadcast….
“Hammond outlined that Mandela was the head of the military wing of the African National Committee (ANC), which Hammond also referred to as ‘the abortion, necklacing and corruption party.’ He said that 1,000 Africans were killed by necklacing in the country through the ANC, an act where terrorists would ‘put an automobile tire over someone, pour petrol over them [and] set them alight.’ …
The truth is, to say he was a great man is misleading in many respects. Sure, he was charming and gracious, and his moves for national reconciliation were to be applauded.
No one is denying that. But that is not all there is to the man. Simply put, he also was a Marxist and a terrorist who was imprisoned after being found guilty of committing 156 acts of violence and terrorism. Consider some more detail here.
Mandela was imprisoned for involvement in these terrorist attacks. The guerrilla force, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK, or ‘Spear of the Nation’), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party, was founded in 1961 by him and his advisor, the Lithuanian-born communist Joe Slovo, who was secretary general of the South African Communist Party in 1986. …
“In his book Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela wrote that as a leading member of the ANC’s executive committee, he had ‘personally signed off’ in approving these acts of terrorism. This is the horror which Mandela had ‘signed off’ for while he was in prison – convicted for other acts of terrorism after the Rivonia trial. The late SA president PW Botha told Mandela in 1985 that he could be a free man as long as he did just one thing: ‘publicly renounce violence’. Mandela refused.”
And as Lee Jenkins also notes, “Tellingly, not only did Mandela refuse to renounce violence, Amnesty refused to take his case stating ‘[the] movement recorded that it could not give the name of “Prisoner of Conscience” to anyone associated with violence, even though as in “conventional warfare” a degree of restraint may be exercised’.”
He continues, “Despite being synonymous with freedom and democracy, Mandela was never afraid to glad hand the thugs and tyrants of the international arena. …
Surprisingly both Christians and conservatives have been getting involved in the hagiographies and the rewriting of history – even at this early stage after his passing. But as Peter Hammond reminds us, there is no reason to canonise the man, since Mandela was hardly a conservative or Christian icon: “There’s a lot of Christians out there who idolize Nelson Mandela because they’ve been given false, misleading and incomplete information,” he said. “He has pushed for the legalization of abortion, pornography [and] homosexual relationships. … [He was] trying to legalize prostitution. He’s a radical liberal.”
While we again can praise his moves for reconciliation and his willingness to forgive and not remain embittered, as I say, we have far too many other areas that we must also assess, both in the man and in his fruit. David Horowitz offers a somewhat balanced account by way of summary:
“Mandela began as a terrorist and never turned his back on monsters like Arafat and Castro, whom he considered brothers in arms. When he was released from prison by deKlerk, he showed unexpected statesmanship, counseling reconciliation rather than revenge, no small achievement in a country in which the ‘liberation’ movement (led by Mandela’s wife and party) placed oil filled inner tubes around the necks of former comrades and set them on fire.
“But if a leader should be judged by his works, the country Mandela left behind is an indictment of his political career, not an achievement worthy of praise – let alone the unhinged adoration he is currently receiving across the political spectrum. South Africa today is the murder capital of the world, a nation where a woman is raped every 30 seconds, often by AIDs carriers who go unpunished, and where whites are anything but the citizens of a democratic country, which honors the principles of equality and freedom. Liberated South Africa is one of those epic messes the left created and promptly forgot about.”
(video) The Truth About Nelson Mandela by Stefan Molyneux — Be very careful of people venerated by sick societies. If you praise someone committed to violence… South Africa is now the rape and murder capitol of the world!
The Truth About South Africa and Apartheid by Stefan Molyneux – A Tragically Missed Opportunity! — Apartheid was being overcome; SA was arising, but the naive rock stars screamed ‘racism.’ Sanctions were instated.The opportunity was lost! The black, middle class wasn’t large enough for Mandella’s socialist government to implement extreme affirmative action requirements. Socialism destroyed the economy for whites and blacks, and crime, rape and murder massively increased! Lifespan of blacks was reduced by 9 years. Ughhh!