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Nelson Mandela's Death StingsTim King Salem-News.com
We need more leaders like Mandela in this world...
(SACRAMENTO) - I should not be shocked over my own personal reaction to this news I suppose, but it hurts and it makes me very sad. It isn't the loss specifically; this great man more than did his part while living on this earth.
It is quite honestly, the lack of men like him that makes me shudder.
There are no rivals for this courageous leader who took up arms and led a revolution against an apartheid government that treated Black Africans with no dignity, instead relegating them to a second class lifestyle below the whites.
That is not acceptable.
Nor is it acceptable in Israel today, where an apartheid government first asks your religion before assigning charges. One set of laws for Jews, and one for everybody else. The same ugly picture dominates Sri Lankan Hindu and Christian Tamils; a minority population that felt the blade of Genocide in 2009 by the Buddhist government forces. Again, the same thing is taking place in Burma, where U.S. officials who utterly lack the integrity of Mandela, do business on the backs of the murdered, raped and tortured people exterminated by Buddhists. In Pakistan, Christians are murdered as quick as a bomb explodes; in India the caste system equally relegates Christians to the lowest rank.
Mandela's name will live forever and he didn't accept oppression, he refused and did so with great success. Totalitarian governments love to brand men like Nelson Mandela as "terrorists" and this is exactly what both Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher did. Nelson Mandela was real, he was die antwoord, the answer in Afrikaans; the language of South Africa's oppressors.
That is my two cent's worth, there is much more to say but far more to do.
Hindus offer condolences on Nelson Mandela death
Hindus have offered heartfelt condolences on the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on December five in Johannesburg.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that they were saddened by the passing of Mandela, 95.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that with the death of Mandela, we had lost someone unique and brave, whose vision of humanity embraced all peoples and who set a milestone for the world with his efforts in pluralism, common ground, equality, color-blindness and coexistence.
Mandela, who symbolized the victory of the human spirit, made huge contributions towards creation of just society and pursuance of social justice, Rajan Zed added.
APN Mourns the Loss of Mandela; May his Peace-Making Legacy Inspire the Leaders of Israel and its Neighbors
Americans for Peace Now (APN) mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, an iconic leader and an inspiration for peace-seekers worldwide.
APN’s President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “Nelson Mandela demonstrated that peace and reconciliation are possible even in the most intractable conflicts, even when hope for resolution seems distant. Mandela has shown that with enough resolve and courage, bold leaders can do what is the unthinkable.
“While the conflict between Israel and its neighbors differs greatly from Apartheid-era South Africa, the leaders of Israel, the Palestinians and the neighboring Arab states would greatly serve their publics if they exercised the same courage and resolve that Mandela has shown as the person who led South Africa into a new era of peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.
“May Nelson Mandela’s legacy be an inspiration for the leaders of this beleaguered region to lead their nations into an era of peace – the peace that Israelis, Palestinians and neighboring Arabs want and deserve.”
Americans for Peace Now is the sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel's preeminent peace movement. APN's mission is to educate and persuade the American public and its leadership to support and adopt policies that will lead to comprehensive, durable, Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab peace, based on a two-state solution, guaranteeing both peoples security, and consistent with U.S. national interests.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Issues Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued the following statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela:
“The world has lost a great leader with the passing of Nelson Mandela. He commanded an unwavering fight to end apartheid in South Africa, and his resolve inspired generations of leaders around the world to fight against inequality.
He is a hero who led with grace and compassion. His spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of those who continue the fight for justice.”
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