I’m still honest enough to give Nelson Mandela major kudos for electing not to turn South Africa into a racially-charged bloodbath when he became president. He could easily have chosen another tactic, and it speaks well of him that, for whatever reasons, he elected to go the way of peace rather than the way of war. But….
While I knew that Archbishop Desmond Tutu was an anti-Semite who attacked Israel, I did not realize that Mandela too, like all good Communists, was the worst kind of anti-Semite. I find that unforgivable. That is, I can admire and applaud the good Mandela did, but that doesn’t give him a pass on the evil fomented. A man who embraces Arafat is a bad man, plain and simple.
Oh, and speaking of embracing Arafat:
Although, after all these years, one could ask, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Well, it makes a big difference, but that’s for another post.