It’s kind of pathetic how so-called conservatives are tripping over themselves to praise Nelson Mandela. Yes, he could have been worse, and he deserves some credit for the Truth and Reconciliation Committee model of national healing and not undertaking a blood bath on the whites of South Africa. That said, the liberal glitterati that made South African Apartheid the worst-thing-ever back in the 70s and 80s, even as communist terrorists allied with the ANC aimed to impose tyranny on the entire continent, is the kind of selective moralizing that has always turned me off completely. This concern for human rights is always a pose, a way of showing the moral superiority of the speaker who has the right kind of opinions, and I will never forget its deafening silence, even now, on the crimes of revolutionary communism.
South Africa has become a violent, economically stagnant, and otherwise undesirable place during the interim. ANC’s new leadership class, like Jacob Zuma, are explicit in their disregard for basic human rights and their animosity to the wealthier and more technically educated whites on whom South Africa’s prosperity depends. Whites have been subject to a slow motion form of ethnic cleansing and revenge, all blamed on the legacy of Apartheid, even when the perpetrators were too young to remember it. And the black-led regimes of the Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, and Angola have all shown the very mixed blessing African nationalism and self-rule have been for the people whom they were supposed to benefit.
In any case, Mandela was a terrorist, communist sympathizer, and a hero only according to the specious and selective moral reasoning of the left. He is someone I can’t bring myself to say a single kind word about, even as I acknowledge there were many worse than him. The praises heaped on him from left to right and everywhere in between are a sad commentary on the self-loathing and moral preening that are the defining characteristics of the western world, a world of decaying pride and a complete lack of solidarity.