Nelson Mandela died tonight
:sad: Its really sad :cry:
yes .. very sad ...
South African President Jacob Zuma said "the nation has lost its greatest son", adding: "He is now resting. He is now at peace." "Our people have lost a father," said Mr Zuma.
"Although we knew this day was going to come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.
"His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, passion and humanity, earned him their love."
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking outside Downing Street, said: "Tonight one of the brightest lights of our world has gone out.
"Nelson Mandela was not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time.
"Through his dignity, through his triumph, (he) inspired millions."
"He achieved more than can be expected of any man - and today he's gone home," said President Obama.
"We've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth."
"He no longer belongs to us - he belongs to the ages."
The Queen said she was "deeply saddened" by Nelson Mandela's death, saying he "worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today".
South Africa's archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu said South Africa was "drowned by grief".
"He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison," he said.
Former Irish president Mary Robinson "As we mourn the passing of this extraordinary man, and young people around the world feel a particular sense of loss, we can honour him best by giving of ourselves to others."
French President Francois Hollande added: "Nelson Mandela's message will not disappear. It will continue to inspire fighters for freedom, and to give confidence to peoples in the defence of just causes and universal rights."
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: "He spent much of his life standing against the injustice of apartheid.
"When that fight was won, he inspired us again by his capacity to forgive and reconcile his country.
"While the world may never see another Nelson Mandela, he has inspired countless men and women throughout the world to live more courageous and honest lives."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond described him as a "towering statesman" whose influence "transcended ideology, race and creed".
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said: "Only because of such a great man like Nelson Mandela is it possible that particular people in Africa and elsewhere are able to enjoy freedom and human dignity."We have to learn the wisdom and determinations and commitment of Mr Mandela to make this world better for all."
US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "Now that his long walk has ended, the example he set for all humanity lives on. He will be remembered as a pioneer for peace."
A joint message from President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, said: "We mourn the death of one of the greatest political figures of our times.
"Nelson Mandela represents the fight against racism, political violence and intolerance. Only a person with his profound humanity, moral integrity and authority and clear vision for the future of his country, could have achieved this."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was the "father of his people", adding: "He will be remembered as the father of new South Africa and as an outstanding moral leader."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "Nelson Mandela's shining example and his political legacy of non-violence and the condemnation of all forms of racism will continue to inspire people around the world for many years to come.
Russian President Vladimir Putin described Mr Mandela as "one of the greatest politicians in modern times", saying the former South African leader was a man who never betrayed his convictions.
"Mandela, having gone through the most difficult ordeals, was committed to the end of his days to the ideals of humanism and justice," Mr Putin was quoted as saying in a statement
Nelson Mandela was the leader of Spear of the Nation [MK], the terrorist wing of the ANC. MK murdered countless people and advocated mass genocide of all white people in Africa. MK also slaughtered members of South African tribes who had gained independence or were in the process of gaining independence under the Apartheid plan.
MK was armed by the Soviet Union and trained by Cubans. When Mandela was arrested, he had a massive stockpile of landmines, hand grenades, and explosives. Joe Slovo, a Jewish man from Lithuania took command of MK when Mandela went to prison for numerous murders. Slovo later became head of the South African Communist Party.
While Mandela was in prison, his wife Winnie Mandela ordered followers to carry out numerous gruesome killings of black people she deemed to be “race traitors.” Many of the victims were women or teenage boys. They were killed by being burned alive with a gasoline soaked tire around their neck.
I'm not so upset with his passing.
Greg Gutfeld is the only talking head I've heard that has even hinted at the gross double standard in the over-wrought reactions to Mandela's passing. Of course, no one is mentioning the state of SA now...
Your points are 100% accurate. I'm not so upset either.
They've been talking about how he brought the country together, I haven't heard any of this stuff mentioned.
When he was released from prison, he started talking about peace and harmony and media labeled him as a humanitarian. They chose to ignore what he did in the fight against the white population of south Africa.
Maybe he became a better person after prison, but he's not the peaceful saint the media makes him out to be.
I mean you hear a lot about the Government coming to get your guns...so burry them...so you presumably can dig them up and use them.
Are you trying to tell me if your Government decided to move against you...you would just peacefully protest?
Is one really a terrorist..if they are fighting a corrupt Government in the first place??
Its a tricky deffinition...easy, very easy to define if the Government wins...but not so easy to define, if the leader of the rebellion, becomes the President of the Government...and decides to work WITH the Government once in power.
Is it just because the ANC won, that he is praised so much...maybe so...you know what they say...History is written by the Victors...like him or not...he won his cause, prevented a civil war, and then stopped internal retribution when he was given the legal right to carry it out. Only someone who was such a leader would be able to do that...the IRA failed when they became a political authority.
I personally think he fought for change, not for the sake of fighting, and once the change happened, he had no longer any need to fight. I think he didnt carry out retribution because he had a command over the paramilitary wing, and because he maybe regarded what was done to his creed, as something comitted during a time of war...and in war times...killings on both sides happen.
I hasten to add...I'm not sure he would have looked at himself in the same way as all the politicians that are applauding him would
It's not the fact that he killed for his cause. It's the fact of who and how he killed. He promoted the idea of killing "every white person in South Africa". He killed other blacks who he felt sided with the white leaders. He killed people publically by putting a gas-filled tire around their neck and lighting it on fire.
I have no problem with someone fighting against a corrupt government. If he stuck to fighting and killing the enemy, I'd have no problem calling him a hero. However, he was a terrorist.
When our Founding Fathers led the revolution against the British, they weren't attacking civilians in an effort to spread terror throughout the land. The British were the ones doing that. Which is why we were rebelling against them.
Using your logic, Dave, you'd think that we Americans would hail Timothy McVeigh as a patriot for the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995, but he was executed in 2001 for killing 168 people and wounding over 650 others. His accomplice, Terry Nichols, received a life sentence for the terrorist attack. Never once did the word "patriot" come up to describe those two men.
So, you would really have to be a moron to believe "when Americans do it, the tendancy is to call them patriots…no?"
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