*edit, October 5, 2016 – William Gumede belongs in the enemy’s camp, I just learned. He’s a member of the Open Society Initiative of South Africa, a tentacle of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. From the OSISA website, the following: “OSISA is part of a network of autonomous Open Society Foundations, established by George Soros, located in Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the US.”
*edit, May 9, 2016 – I don’t know why I included a reference to William Gumede and his book here. I may have read something. But I don’t remember. I have not had the chance to read his book and I don’t know whether I would find anything in it, or his position, to support my own argument. I’ll leave it only because it forms part of my response.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article, by Michael Parenti, follows:
The Nobel Committee, the EU recipients, and the western media all overlooked the 1999 full-scale air war launched on the European continent against Yugoslavia, a socialist democracy that for the most part had offered a good life to people of various Slavic nationalities—as many of them still testify today.
The EU did not oppose that aggression. In fact, a number of EU member states, including Germany and France, joined in the 1999 war on European soil led largely by the United States. For 78 days, U.S. and other NATO forces bombed Yugoslavian factories, utilities, power stations, rail systems, bridges, hotels, apartment buildings, schools and hospitals, killing thousands of civilians, all in the name of a humanitarian rescue operation, all fueled by unsubstantiated stories of Serbian “genocide.” All this warfare took place on European soil.
Yugoslavia was shattered, along with its uniquely designed participatory democracy with its self-management and social ownership system. In its place emerged a cluster of right-wing mini-republics wherein everything has been privatized and deregulated, and poverty has replaced amplitude. Meanwhile rich western corporations are doing quite well in what was once Yugoslavia.
Michael suggests that there were a few people who received the Nobel Peace Prize who were deserving of it (if the prize meant what Alfred Nobel intended it to mean). One of those deserving individuals, he suggests, was Nelson Mandela. My online (typo corrected) response to the above linked-to article follows:
I doubt that Nelson Mandela should be regarded as deserving of the kind of prize it’s originator intended. That’s because he comes up for discussion, in a not very favorable way, in the section of “The Shock Doctrine” dealing with South Africa. Thabo Mbeki, Mandela’s former vice president, and later, president, would have been a perfect candidate for this elite version of the prize, however. Both Mandela and Mbeki betrayed their people, allowing the corporatocracy to influence the shape of the transition from apartheid to (technified) democracy. It’s not clear to me how deep Mandela’s betrayal was, but is he speaking out now?
Mandela, who when he walked out of an apartheid era jail in 1990 and mistook a camera microphone for “some newfangled weapon” reflected the lack of political sophistication of his people, who, during the transition period that then begun naively thought that negotiations were mere horse-trading and every item on both teams’ tables were equal in value. The sophisticated, Chicago School-connected fascists were all over everything here and South Africans, including ANC negotiators (with the exception of Mbeki, who knew what was going on), didn’t understand that their focus on politics (easy to understand when translated into common language such as the Freedom Charter presented) at the expense of the economy would lead them to fake, or “protected” or “technified” or “insulated” democracy, which it did.
“A long-time activist, Rasool Snyman, described the trap to me in stark terms. “They never freed us. They only took the chain from around our neck and put it on our ankles.” Yasmin Sooka, a prominent South African human rights activist, told me that the transition “was business saying, ‘We’ll keep everything and you [the ANC] will rule in name… You can have political power, you can have the façade of governing, but the real governance will take place someplace else.'”” – page 244, 245 of “The Shock Doctrine,” by Naomi Klein
“Thabo Mbeki And The Battle For The Soul Of The ANC” – William Gumede (http://amzn.to/Qucrin)
William Gumede (http://bit.ly/R25vZe)