Saturday, February 04, 2006

The Struggle for South Africa Pays Off

Back in the day, when I was a young scholar at Harvard, I dedicated much of my time to protesting against American corporations that did business in the then-odious South Africa. As intellectual idealists, we saw the world as a place full of hope, as led by other anti-fascist states like the U.S.S.R., East Germany, and China.

Of course, we won, and South Africa now has a black government. And unlike the racist white regime, the new black rulers are enlightened and compassionate, as evidenced by their Black Economic Development programs that redistribute from white people to black people. Although not as enlightened as Zimbabwe's policy of confiscating land from white farmers, it is still the world's most effective affirmative action program -- and certainly more generous than the anemic programs in America.

I was reminded of our South Africa victory this morning when I read that South Africa did not support yesterday's racist vote to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council. Joining other progressive countries that refused to say "yes" (such as Cuba, Syria, Venezuela, Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, and Libya), South Africa has once again proven that our struggle was worth it. Ever since, years ago, Nelson Mandela publicly announced his concern for Cuba, Libya, and Iran, I knew that we were headed the right way. And his declaration of Yasser Arafat as an "outstanding freedom fighter" gave me goosebumps.

These days, the life expectancy in South Africa is 43, 16% of the population is illiterate, 50% live below the poverty line, and 25% are unemployed. So, the new South African government is a success, and we can move on to fighting the apartheid regime of the Zionist entity.

Update: South Africa explicity supports Iran! "Those nations which want Iran not to have nuclear weapons should also embark on destroying their own atomic arsenal." It's our two dreams of liberation merging: The overthrow of The Shah meets the overthrow of fascist South Africa! Let South Africa join the world of humane nations!

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