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And if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.
That’s nice, thanks for sharing. Now, let me tell you what I find strange.
- I find it strange that you, along with millions of others are so pathologically inclined towards violence against people abroad that you the only possible outcomes which exist to you are killing people and also killing people.
- I find it strange that you’d group me with contemporary neoliberals when 77% have been proven to approve drone strikes.
- I find the polemics of American politics strange, when in reality they share more similarities than differences. That liberals and conservatives supposedly exist in binaries when their outlook on foreign policy is identical and their domestic policies only shift so minimally, ultimately preserving the status quo globally, as shown by the continuous change from Republican to Democratic president with no substantial progress to be had.
- I find the historical amnesia of American consciousness strange; that you can so easily forget who bankrolled the mujahideen in the late 70’s to fight the Soviets during the Cold war in Afghanistan and onwards into the next two decades, even as far as proclaiming their heroic behavior “equivalent to that of the founding fathers”, here’s an entire PDF lest we conveniently forget. I find it strange that American taxpayer dollars did more to foster militant groups than Pakistani or Afghan or Yemeni or Somali civilians ever have and these same civilians live the impact and devastation of such groups everyday, while being forced to pay for their crimes.
- I find your utter disregard for human life that you masquerade as chic political leanings strange.
- I find it strange that many reports have shown that militant groups can easily exploit the pain and suffering of innocent civilians to establish anti American sentiments and even recruit new members (here and here).
I find it strange that I can keep posting articles, news clips and statistics that prove how unethical and counterproductive drone warfare has been and still get questions like this.
Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.
THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
And Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today, he has gone home. And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages.
Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa — and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable. As he once said, “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings. The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears. And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.
To Graça Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. His life’s work meant long days away from those who loved him the most. And I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family.
To the people of South Africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal, and reconciliation, and resilience that you made real. A free South Africa at peace with itself — that’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation he loved.
We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.
For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.
"He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages."
"It always seems impossible until it’s done."
— Nelson Mandela, a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela went on to serve 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of democracy in 1994. As President, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.
R.I.P Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013)