History Without the Humbug
Countering the Re-Writing of History
Lest We Forget:
The Truth about Nelson Mandela
(Various articles by Aida Parker and others)
Karl Marx said: “The first battlefield is the re-writing of history.” This is an age when, very rapidly, the truth about the past is being “revised” by Marxists, liberals and others, and unless this wicked revisionism is resisted, people will be thoroughly indoctrinated with lies and myths presented as “truth”. Already vast damage has been done, and even many who lived through more recent historical events have been so well indoctrinated, and conditioned to think along the “party” line, that they actually believe the lies and myths they have been fed. Very few people think critically anymore. They do not even know how to do so. They simply swallow whatever they are told by their Red, almost-Red, and religious-Red heroes and masters.
The purpose of these articles is to counter the deliberate re-writing of history with those stubborn things called facts, and that wonderful thing called truth. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).
by Shaun Willcock
The ugly truth about the world’s favourite terrorist-turned-politician, Nelson Mandela, has been buried deep beneath the media-created myth of the man, who for decades has been given such a whitewashing by the liberal/Socialist media that the real Mandela disappeared from the world’s eyes, and in his place appeared a messiah, a saviour, a demigod, whose only resemblance to the real Mandela was the outer shell. The man who emerged from prison and became president of South Africa was at heart the same man who had gone into prison so many years before, a Communist revolutionary, much older but just as committed to the ideology and the revolution as he had been when the prison gates slammed shut on him. Yet by the time he emerged from prison, the worldwide liberal/leftist media had repackaged him, presenting him to the world as a wise, big-hearted, moderate, decent man, who had been unjustly imprisoned for his stand against apartheid, and who would, when he became president of South Africa, govern this complex and diverse country with wisdom and magnanimity, creating a wonderful earthly paradise where all would live happily ever after.
The real Nelson Mandela was vastly different from the media-created myth. But this was the deliberately-constructed image which the international Communist movement, and Mandela’s own organisation, the African National Congress (ANC), wanted the world to believe; and the media, so enamoured with Communism and the ANC, ensured the dissemination of this myth. As the saying goes, tell a lie, tell it often enough, and the people will believe it. They did. In their millions.
And this media-created, lying image of Mandela the wise, Mandela the magnanimous, Mandela the elderly statesman, Mandela the Great, indeed Mandela the Messiah, continued to be fed in the years that followed, until he had been transformed into a man so great that in the eyes of multiplied millions he deserved to be placed higher than virtually all others, even on an equality with, or perhaps greater than, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. He had become a Christ-figure.
Alas, if only South Africa’s blacks, and the world in general, had looked beyond the myth to see the truth about this man! Their failure to do so meant that Mandela became South Africa’s president, and led this once-great country down the slippery path of Socialism. Today, South Africa is just another self-imploding African Socialist wreck, and this tragic state of affairs is the true legacy of Nelson Mandela and his vile organisation, the ANC. Yet incredibly, such is the Mandela myth that even as SA continued to spiral downwards, year after year, multiplied millions throughout South Africa and the world continued to gaze with loving, star-struck adoration at Mandela himself; and this idolatry will continue long after his death. No matter how bad things get in SA, “the people” will continue to separate the myth of Mandela from the organisation he so faithfully served, the atrocious ANC, and will continue to view him, in their hearts and minds, as having been somehow above it and beyond it and in some mysterious way disconnected from it. In truth, as the articles below show, he was a lifelong, loyal servant of the African National Congress/South African Communist Party (ANC/SACP) alliance. But such is the power of an image, and SA’s tragedy is that the lying image has taken on a life of its own, and will live on long beyond his death.
This series of articles by conservative South African journalist, Aida Parker, stand as a record for all time of the truth about Nelson Mandela, and deserve to be made as widely-known as possible, which is why we are re-publishing them in this format; for she wrote them before the internet age, and their readership was therefore of necessity much more limited than it will be today. Most were written before Mandela became SA president in 1994. She did what she could to prevent the SA tragedy of a Mandela presidency and an ANC/SACP government, which was 100% more than 99% of those who, like her, knew the truth, but did nothing. How true the saying, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” The masses did not heed her, very few supported her, and her voice was drowned out by the noise of the massive global media avalanche of nauseating, idolatrous Mandelamania. But she was right all the same. Here, then, is the cold, hard truth. The articles below are reproduced chronologically.
Mandela… Political Rip van Winkle
by Aida Parker
(Published in The Aida Parker Newsletter, Issue No. 134, First Quarter 1990. This article was written soon after Mandela was freed from prison and four years before the ANC came to power and Mandela became president of South Africa)
When discussing Mr Nelson Mandela, it is important to get the time frame right. The prison gates slammed on him in June, 1964. This was the year British socialist leader Harold Wilson first took up residence at No 10 Downing Street; when Lyndon Baines Johnson was in the White House – and the US was getting deeper into the Vietnam War. It was the year when Khrushchev was kicked out of the Kremlin, to be replaced by Alexei Kosygin.
How many, other than historians and political scientists, have any distinct memory of those men today? An entire generation has grown up who knew them not at all. In consequence, how many can claim to have any true picture of the real-life Nelson Mandela?
Let’s be brutally frank. The problem with Mandela is that he long ago ceased to be a human being. His incarceration worked miracles for his reputation. Here we have hagiolatry (worship of saints) personified. A man who in his time was a pretty run-of-the-mill revolutionary has over the years become the epitome of everything good that the international Left reveres.
After 25 years behind bars he has been propagandised into a fantasy figure, mythologised into a “Black Messiah.” As far as the anti-apartheid legions are concerned, merely being associated with his name means that they, and their cause too, are similarly canonised. They, too, become saintly because he is there. He has much the same magic, the same mystique, as did that other hero of media fiction, Che Guevara. He is a poster image, one you hang on the wall; of whom pop songs are written; roads named; statues erected; films are made.
Yet the most transient examination of Mandela’s history proves that this man never set out to be a “saint.” He is everywhere portrayed as a man of peace, yet it was he who played a central role in the launch of the ANC’s armed terror wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, who became its first Commander-in-Chief. And even then he made it clear that Umkhonto’s main purpose was “to direct and control the violence of the people.”
Globally, with careful guidance from the vast international Communist network, politicians and the media have tended to exaggerate Mandela’s importance to SA Blacks: this, to no small degree, because his is the only Black SA political name they know.
Because it is an offence in SA to publish a photograph of a serving prisoner, the pictures we saw of Mandela presented him as he was 25 years ago, at his physical peak. The minute this mythological individual stepped forth, a free man, he became Mandela, thin, aged, slightly stooped, grey-haired. Further, exactly what Mandela believes in has received substantially less publicity than the man himself.
His previously last publicly spoken words were his celebrated: “I Am Prepared to Die” speech, made from the dock at the conclusion of the Rivonia trial in the Pretoria Supreme Court, April 20, 1964. That speech (or excerpts from it) has been used worldwide over the years to typify Mandela’s nobility, his readiness to sacrifice in “freedom’s” cause. Yet Nelson had never before been noted as a great natural orator.
So who wrote, or at the very least, revised that speech? After many years of conjecture that he was the author, the bitterly anti-South African journalist, Oxford-educated Anthony Sampson, former editor of Drum and close friend of Archbishop Huddleston, confessed some time ago to having “partly edited and re-written the famous speech.”
His version: that after a day in court, he gave Mandela a slight salute – “as one friend to another.” That evening Sampson was contacted by Braam Fischer, Mandela’s counsel and later leader of the SA Communist Party. Fischer told Sampson that he had been expressly requested by Mandela to help him with the speech. “He obviously wanted it to be perfect: to have an international impact. The work was obviously a joint effort by all the accused… and probably their attorneys as well.” So Sampson knocked the rough words and sentiments into shape, producing a speech which made history and has often been used as a stick with which to beat SA.
There are plenty of other questions (and hot air) about the Mandela legend. Often asked is how he became SA’s most prominent Black leader. After all, till then his highest ANC rank had been Transvaal provincial ANC president, his status no higher than that of his prison companions, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki. According to those on the inside, it was in 1976 that a conscious decision was made to “personalise” the struggle.
A meeting was held where it was decided to promote one prisoner as the ultimate martyr: the choice – Mandela. One reason for the choice, perhaps the ultimate reason: that Winnie Mandela was young, attractive, with a much sharper dress sense than the modest, kindly but admittedly dowdy Albertina Sisulu. Most political scientists agree that in his time Mandela made three deadly blunders – and his marriage was the worst.
His three great mistakes are listed: 1. To allow the SA Communist Party to infiltrate and finally dominate the ANC. 2. To endorse violence, a recipe for defeat. 3. To marry Winnie. Of this British journalist Bruce Anderson wrote in the London Sunday Telegraph: “Silly, empty-headed, frivolous and irresponsible, she was the worst possible consort. His imprisonment gave her opportunity to develop ridiculous pretensions as ‘the Mother of the Nation.’”