Nelson Mandela’s memorial service yesterday was a disgrace – a showcase of tyrants to honor a man who preached freedom.
Thanks to the Peoples Cube
I’ve already written that Mandela’s noble record as a reconciler is being used by the Left to sanctifyÂ his darker deedsÂ – his use of terrorism and his embrace as president of corrupt dictators and men of violence, including Libya’s Gaddafi, Cuba’s Castro, the PLO’s Arafat, Nigeria’s Abacha and Indonesia’s Suharto.
Yesterday’s memorial service went even further – explicitly honoring dictators and former terrorists.
Here is the list ofÂ national leaders invited to speak:
President Barack Obama (USA)
President Dilma Rousseff (Brazil)
Vice-President Li Yuanchao (China)
President Hikepunye Pohamba (Namibia)
President Pranab Mukherjee (India)
President RaÃºl Castro Ruz (Cuba)
President of the Republic of South Africa: His Excellency Jacob Zuma
Mandela is honored for leading black south Africans to freedom and for bringing reconciliation with white South Africans. But speaking at his funeral was the Marxist co-dictator of the Cuban regime, a vice-president of the unelected Chinese communist regime and the president of Brazil, who’d once served jail for being a member of a Marxist guerrilla group.
In other news:
The sole speaker from Africa other than Zuma was the socialist president of Namibia, who was one of the few heads of state to congratulate brutal Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe for winning the rigged elections in July, even attending Mugabe’s inauguration.
This white-washing of tyrants and revolutionaries worked brilliantly, thanks in part to Barack Obama letting himself be used as a dupe:
But something unexpected and extraordinary happened before Obama even reached the podium–he stopped to shake hands with Cuban President Raul Castro, leader of America’s long-isolated Cold War rival… Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who publicly clashed with Mandela and faced a barrage of sanctions from western governments, was also present, and he also shook hands with President Obama.
And the scattered but noisy crowd in the rain-lashed stadium signalled its sympathies were with the men of hate and oppression:
In contrast to reaction to Zuma’s name being mentioned,Â there were big cheers when Mugabe’s was read out…. China’s vice president Lee arrives, and he welcomes president Cuba’s president Raol Castro to massive applause.
The stars, almost all from the Left, were there to sprinkle the pixie dust of celebrity onto this laundering of brutality:
Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and singer Bono, as well as British billionaire Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel are also expected to be among the celebrity mourners… Charlize Theron talks to Bono.
True, the crowd did boo one man there:
If you’re watching on TV and don’t understand the boos -Â the FNB crowd is booing every time South Africa’s President Zuma appears on the big screensÂ up in the stadium.
Now why would they have booed Zuma, the heir to Mandela and the polygamousÂ husband of four wives?
Zuma is facing a corruption investigation for allegedly using $20 million in state funds for the renovation of his residenceÂ in KwaZulu-Natal province, including the building of a swimming pool. The ANC is facing growing criticism for being ineffective, corrupt and out of touch with the hardships faced by South Africa’s poor.
And who mentored Zuma, refusing to cut him loose even after he’d been sacked over other corruption allegations? Who placed party loyalty over the national good?
Jacob Zuma …Â just been fired as deputy president of South Africa, his financial adviser had been convicted of fraud and corruption and now Zuma himself was facing charges. In a month from hell, he was also mired in debt.
Rescue came in the shape ofÂ Nelson Mandela, who bailed out Zuma with a cheque for 1m randÂ (then worth about Â£80,000). It was June 2005. Two years later Zuma came back from the political dead to beat Thabo Mbeki for the presidency of the governing African National Congress (ANC)…
“Nelson Mandela gave him the money to pay off all his debts as a personal favour,” said William Gumede, author of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. “It was in the hope that he would walk away from all those dubious benefactors. The idea was to say: ‘You know what, I’m seeing and hearing all this stuff and it doesn’t look good. There are no strings attached but I want you to clean up your act.’”
Really? Well, that didn’t work, did it?
There was, however, one cheering sign of good judgment at the funeral service – or there would be, if I didn’t suspect a racial element to it:
Cuban government agents have detained about 20 dissidents arriving for an International Human Rights Day march, halting the demonstration before it started…
Cuban authorities consider the island’s small community of outspoken dissidents to be counterrevolutionaries and charge they accept foreign money to try to undermine the Communist system.