The gnashing of teeth that has
accompanied MP Rob Anders' refusal to
sanctify Nelson Mandela by making him an
honorary Canadian citizen is a classic
in political correctness.
- Alliance MP Rob Anders
As the whole world knows by now,
Anders called him a communist and a
Was St. Nelson a communist? Of course
he was. And judging from the Chris Hani
award he got from the South African
Communist Party three years ago he may
still be one.
Was he a terrorist? Of course he was.
The reason he spent all that time in the
clink was that he was part of the
Rivonia plot of the early 1960s, which
involved the stashing of weapons and
enough high explosives to blow up half
of Johannesburg. He was also Mr. Big in
the African National Congress, a
communist organization. Which it still
There are two kinds of terrorists.
Good terrorists and bad terrorists. Good
terrorists include Israeli prime
ministers who blow up anyone who gets in
their way. Bad terrorists are people
like Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian
leader. In a world turned upside down,
the former are guaranteed a good press,
the latter a bad one.
The politicians follow the fashion.
See Stockwell Day, who blames the
Palestinians for the war in Israel. See
also the spectacle of Jean Chretien
spitting hatred at Mr. Anders and
calling him stupid, while nearly
everyone else in that craven mob in
parliament joined our version of the
Greek chorus.. (An exception was my MP,
Alliance House Leader John Reynolds.)
The appropriately-named Inky Mark of
the Alliance Party added his bit to the
song "I think it's an insult to our
party, too," quoth Inky, "and
not only to Mr. Mandela."
As it is today, so it was yesterday,
the magic word being racism, by which
the white race is destroying itself. The
western media never lost an opportunity
to bash the South African government for
hanging on to power, which it often did
by violent means. But the violence of
the ANC was mostly not reported.. It was
condoned. Which made them good
Consider the practice of "necklacing",
which meant placing a rubber tyre around
the body of the victim, throwing
gasoline over him, and letting him
slowly burn to death. Black teenagers
who ignored ANC instructions not to go
to school were often necklaced, as were
black adults who offended the ANC. Such
atrocities numbered in the hundreds and
perhaps in the thousands. Some of them
were filmed, but to my knowledge were
never once shown on TV in the West.
- Victim of a
"necklace" murder in
I saw them because I paid two visits
to South Africa during apartheid days,
and was there, indeed, the day white
Mandela was in jail while necklacing
and IRA-style bombings were going on and
there is no evidence that he was
involved, even in spirit. That being
said, there is also no evidence that he
condemned those outrages. His wife at
the time, Winnie, got a kick out of
them. "With our matches and our
necklaces we shall liberate you,"
she trumpeted. She also organized murder
with her so-called football team.
Couldn't we make her an honorary
Mandela, meanwhile, continues to
support communist regimes like that of
Fidel Castro, plus the Libyan
dictatorship of Muhammar Gaddafy. But
that doesn't worry the Nobel Peace Prize
committee. Nor, obviously, do Chretien
and other Canadian star-gazers lose any
sleep over it.
- Gaddafy and
A skewed view of reality is typical
of them. When he was prime minister,
Brian Mulroney paid an official visit to
Zimbabwe, where on our behalf he paid
fulsome tribute to that thug Robert
Mugabe and made a long face at the
graves of dead terrorists. Pity he
doesn't go back there now for a repeat
performance. Mugabe's men, busy though
they are with the murdering of white
farmers, might hold him hostage. He
would then have to take a break from
cuddling Joe Clark, who recently led
that gay pride parade in Calgary.
Is there anything to be said for
Nelson Mandela? Yes. He is highly
intelligent. Also courageous. When he
was on trial for conspiracy and treason
in the Rivonia affair he let it be known
that if he was sentenced to death he
would not appeal. He is also a nice guy.
On becoming President of South Africa he
did not engage in a policy of
vindictiveness. But such stuff does not
make him a candidate for honorary
Canadian citizenship. Other nice guys,
like Helmut Oberlander, are actually
being deprived of Canadian citizenship.
Today's South Africa is slipping into
the same pattern as Zimbabwe, but Ottawa
doesn't want to know about it. Farmers
in areas that have never known violence
have had to arm themselves. Crime
flourishes as never before.
Discrimination against Whites in
government service is routine.
Mr. Anders's offence was telling the
truth. And truth can be the greatest
offence. Or, as John Cleese said in that
famous Fawlty Towers scene:
"Don't mention the war!"