Fahamu (Oxford)

8 January 2014

South Africa: Deception and Double Standards At Mandela Funeral

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Yet the previous day, missiles fired from a U.S. drone had killed at least three people in Yemen. Two days later, seventeen people in a convoy heading for a joyous wedding party were killed. This was the eighth Yemeni wedding party to be decimated into charred remains. Two days later six people travelling in a boat in Afghanistan were killed by a drone attack.

It is said Obama personally issues weekly decrees for these summary assassinations.

He then travels to Mandela's funeral in the tightly fortified Air Force One, arriving at the memorial stadium in the great armoured, reinforced limousine, flanked by a massive motorcade, all flown in from the US.

This is the ultimate protection for a president who claims to be the disciple of Mandela, while he has no compunction in deciding, from thousands of miles away, who dies by the unmanned drone, whether they are in a wedding or funeral parties, or women collecting firewood, whether infants or elderly. Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan's mutilated. Drone victims are a result of Obama's roll call of terror.

So much for Obama's disingenuous call for "peace and justice' and the "oneness to humanity."

Corporate media hardly gives coverage to such blatant double standards. What also goes unstated is that it was the CIA that tipped off South African apartheid police to Mandela's location in 1962, leading to his capture.

What we are rarely told is that the CIA devoted more time and resources in locating Mandela and handing him over to the apartheid forces than the apartheid forces themselves. CIA actually located Mandela while he was disguised as a chauffeur, when he was stopped, arrested and subsequently served 27 years in prison.

Yet not a word of remorse or repentance from Obama who had the audacity to say, "We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again ... His acts of reconciliation ... set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives."

Mandela, after 27 years in apartheid jail "forgave" his jailors and those who would have preferred to see him executed. On the other hand, Obama's election pledge to close Guantanamo is conveniently forgotten. The prisoners there resort to starvation as their only weapon of protest, in desperation and without hope of ever coming out alive.

So much for the Nobel "Peace" Laureate Obama who was there to shower praise on Mandela, the "peace maker".

Also present was Bill Clinton, describing Mandela as "a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation ... a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was ... a way of life. All of us are living in a better world because of the life that Madiba lived."

Clinton's victims must have turned in their graves, for it was he who, in utter violation of the international law, and in collusion with the UK, ordered the nonstop bombing of Iraq during his presidency (1993-2001). As if that is not enough he imposed a siege, with six thousand people dying every month as a result of the embargo.

As for George W. Bush, who hitched a ride with Obama on Air Force One, Mandela had the following to say about his illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq:

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