Mandela, Churchill, and the War for the Future
Ted Cruz of Texas? “Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe,” Cruz posted on his Facebook page Dec. 4. “Because of his epic fight against injustice, an entire nation is now free.” Cruz has since caught hell from supporters even farther to the right than he is. Still, Cruz is no hero. Had he been a senator back in Helms’ day, he would have fought side-by-side with the owlish North Carolinian, raising Cain about commies in both the U.S. South and South Africa. It’s easy to praise someone after he’s safely entombed in the grave. Helms wasn’t the only conservative of his day who held contempt for Mandela.
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Thus, to neocons, Munich was the great betrayal because it was there that Neville Chamberlain, rather than defy Hitler, agreed to the return of the Sudeten Germans to German rule. [To the Old Right, Yalta, where Churchill and FDR ceded Eastern Europe to Stalin, a monster as evil and more menacing than Hitler, was the greatest betrayal.] But what did Churchill think of Obamas hero Gandhi? It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the east, striding half naked up the steps of the Viceregal Palace to parlay on equal terms with the representative of the Emperor-King. What did Churchill think of ending Western white rule of peoples of color? Here he is in 1937: I do not admit that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race has come in and taken its place. Here is Churchill during World War II: I have not become the Kings first minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire. In short, Dunkirk defiance aside, Churchills convictions about the superiority of some races and civilizations, and their inherent right to rule what Kipling called the lesser breeds without the law, was and is the antithesis of what Obama believes.
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