On This Day — Remembering Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – Dec. 5, 2013) [The Worst Tweet of 2022 is…]

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
(July 18, 1918 – Dec. 5, 2013)

December 5 2022 — On August 5 1962, Mandela was posing as a chauffeur when his car was stopped at a roadblock by the police in the eastern city of Durban. Three decades later, on February 11 1990 Mandela walked out of prison and embarked on a decade of historic endeavor. Mandela spent almost 30 years in jail just for being a decent man. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Just to refresh your memory… Donald Rickard — ex-CIA agent and diplomat — claimed that the 1962 arrest of Nelson Mandela was made possible by a tip-off from the US Central Intelligence Agency.

President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, Mandela was nevertheless kept on the US terror watch list until 2008.

In a famous speech (Cape Town, June 13 1999), Mandela stated:

“There must be a kernel of morality also to international behaviour. Of course, nations must place their own interests high on the list of considerations informing their international relations. But the amorality which decrees that might is right can not be the basis on which the world conducts itself in the next century.

It was pure expediency to call on democratic South Africa to turn its back on Libya and Qaddafi, who had assisted us in obtaining democracy at a time when those who now made that call were the friends of the enemies of democracy in South Africa.”

Earlier this year, Bill Browder posted the following tweet:

Obviously, Browder has a very poor grasp on History. The West was never on the side of Mandela during the apartheid. The US and and the UK regarded Mandela as a terrorist.

And yet, such nonsense gets thousands of likes on Twitter? Surely, Mandela must be rolling over in his grave?!?

Rolihlahla — “The troublemaker” — was a tall man, an athlete and the most respected statesman of his generation.

REFERENCES

Nelson Mandela: CIA tip-off led to 1962 Durban arrest — BBC News

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On This Day — Remembering Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – Dec. 5, 2013) [The worst tweet of 2022 is…]

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashton who took the picture.
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