Obama Praises Mandela, Shakes Castro’s Hand, at Memorial

By:  Warren Mass
Obama Praises Mandela, Shakes Castro’s Hand, at Memorial

President Obama took to the stage to lavishly praise the recently deceased South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela at a December 10 memorial service in Johannesburg. But before doing so, he extended a welcome handshake to Cuban President Raul Castro.

During his speech at the memorial service, President Obama compared Mandela to Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and even “America’s Founding Fathers.”

Continuing to heap praise on Mandela, Obama said, “Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it’s tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men.”

Lost amid all of the adulatory accolades bestowed upon Mandela since his death is his leadership role in the African National Congress (ANC) — an organization that had open Communist support and that engaged in wanton violence against the very Black Africans it purported to “liberate.”

During its campaign of violent intimidation to silence all opposition to its power grab, the ANC became infamous for its practice of “necklacing” its opponents — placing gasoline-soaked tires around the necks of victims and setting them afire. Nelson Mandela’s second wife, Winnie, has been widely quoted for a statement she made in Munsieville, South Africa, on April 13, 1986: “With our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.”

Such brutality is not unusual among communist “liberation” movements and the ANC’s status as a communist group is undeniable.

As The New American noted on December 8, shortly after Mandela’s death on December 6, the South African Communist Party released a statement admitting: “At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central Committee.” 

The statement went on to praise Mandela and the ANC: “To us as South African communists, Comrade Mandela shall forever symbolize the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle.... The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country.”

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Photo of President Barack Obama at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela: AP Images

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