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:
"One power with a president who has no foresight and cannot think properly is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust. Why is the US behaving so arrogantly?" he slammed. Bush's primary motive in Iraq was oil, while he was undermining the UN.