Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Nelson Mandela: Terrorist (according to U.S.)

Previously on the blog, it was noted that the U.S. terrorist watch list will near 1 million by the end of the summer.

Recently, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela was flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA. According to USA Today, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says "common sense" suggests Mandela should be removed.

However, if "common sense" is the logic employed in removing Mandela shouldn't it also be employed in the decision to make 1 million people into terrorists? The hilarity of this situation is all too apparent: a man who spent his life bringing down Apartheid legislation that classified inhabitants and visitors into racial groups is denied access to a country that classifies inhabitants and visitors into terrorists and non-terrorists.


Anonymous said...

Go Mandela

Anonymous said...

u rule

Kevin said...

I think this guys black (down)

- says the brown guy

Kate, aged 14 said...

I feel that the US is being overly harsh towards Mandela. Although i agree that they must be vigilant towards terrorists, i must protest that a 90 year old man hardly poses a threat to society. Personally, i respect and admire Mandela, and believe that although some of his earlier actions may have been unwise, he should not be considered as a terrorist. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for his ex-wife Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela, ( also known as Winnie) although she seems to have mellowed a bit with old age, polling fifth on the ANC's electoral list for the South African general election, 2009, behind party president Jacob Zuma, current President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President of South Africa Baleka Mbete and finance minister Trevor Manuel. An article in The Observer' suggested than her position near the top of the list indicated that the party's leadership saw her as a valuable asset in the election with regard to solidifying support among the party's grassroots and the poor.