George Bush’s War on Terror sputters on: car bombings across Iraq; a British soldier shot in Afghanistan; 37,000 Syrian women raped since 2011; chaos in Libya unending; drone strikes across Pakistan and Yemen, hundreds of civilians killed, many children.
Yet last Friday, the Globe and Mail, Canada’s “newspaper of record” — except in Newfoundland — devoted its front page above the fold, and more, to a photograph of the world’s most famous terrorist, genial old Nelson Mandela, deceased.
What is it, one might ask, of which the Globe and Mail is Canada’s record. To which “bullshit” seems the only conceivable response, the Mandela front page being just one among many other absurdities including the front-page claim of a “frightening rise” of anti-Semitism in Canada.
How, after sober reflection, Nelson Mandela, secular saint, terrorist, and multi-millionaire, will eventually be seen, remains to be seen. But in the meantime, some less than adulatory views provide a salutary counterbalance to the driveling hero worship of the propaganda mainstream.
Theodore Dalrymple: South Africa’s Dubious Liberation
Patrich Buchanan: Reagan Was Right on South Africa
Takimag: Mandela: What the Obits Omit
Aangirfan: GANGSTER MANDELA’S LEGACY
Colin Liddell: The Mandela Myth: Receptacle for the Despicable