Respect for the deceased should maybe go only so far?

It sometimes seems that death can whitewash life, especially when it is a hero of the left. David Horowitz offers a reminder of reality about Nelson Mandela 1918-2013.

if a leader should be judged by his works, the country Mandela left behind is an indictment of his political career, not an achievement worthy of praise – let alone the unhinged adoration he is currently receiving across the political spectrum.

South Africa today is the murder capital of the world, a nation where a woman is raped every 30 seconds, often by AIDs carriers who go unpunished, and where whites are anything but the citizens of a democratic country which honors the principles of equality and freedom.

Liberated South Africa is one of those epic messes the Left created and promptly forgot about.

Bill O’Reilly gets a lot of flack because he reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’. The hagiographies are abundant in the news. He was a ‘freedom fighter’ who righted a terrible injustice (but let’s forget the fact that the result might be considered an even bigger injustice)

“They celebrated the life of a man whose fight against South African’s apartheid regime made him an international icon and helped him become the nation’s first black president.” [Washington Times]

It is a case where a fight against racism yielded economic and social misery. For today’s sensibilities, it isn’t the economic and social well being that counts but rather the efforts in the fight against a first order bogey man. History is repleat with the reverence for leaders of the left despite the misery that was their legacy. Results and reality take second place to the appearance of a fight against a perceived injustice that is often only a small corner of the overall picture.

Then there’s what he did do:

“Miraculously, Mandela found a way to thread the needle. He did it through words and simple gestures, and through the force of his own outsize personality. Each time the country seemed inescapably hurtling toward a violent cataclysm, Mandela almost single-handedly found a way to pull it back.”

Appreciation: Nelson Mandela averted what many expected — an all-out civil war described at the Washington Post.

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