Dec 12, 2013

Media briefs: Rundle on Mandela, the Right … Pope Time‘s man ..

Nelson Mandela's death produced the usual crop of crazy from the Right.

Double-speak from the Right on Mandela. Nelson Mandela’s death produced the usual crop of crazy from the Right, who had to deal with the tricky issue that their champions of the 1980s had labelled the man a terrorist for refusing to renounce armed struggle against a racist dictatorship — only to see him become perhaps the most loved and respected man on earth. How to square the circle? The Wall Street Journal had the answer in a self-parodic op-ed, which argued:

“The bulk of his adult life, Nelson Mandela was a failed Marxist revolutionary and leftist icon, the Che Guevara of Africa. Then in his 70s he had the chance to govern. He chose national reconciliation over reprisal, and he thus made himself an historic and all too rare example of a wise revolutionary leader … He started his life sentence at Robben Island prison near Cape Town a would-be Lenin. He walked out of jail on February 11, 1990 — at age 71 — an African Havel.”

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2 thoughts on “Media briefs: Rundle on Mandela, the Right … Pope Time‘s man ..

  1. paddy

    Dear Crikey, on this most miserable of days, thanks for that glorious snap of schadenfreude. Kyle Sandilands the LARGER.

  2. zut alors

    What a sight for sore eyes – despite Oz having abandoned knighthoods let’s refer to him as Sir Cumference.

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