On June 29, 2013 it was reported that Barack Obama met with Nelson Mandela’s family, praising Mandela as one of the great men of history.
The Huffington Post reported that [South African President] Zuma underscored the historical similarities between Mandela and Obama:
“The two of you are also bound by history as the first black presidents of your respective countries,” Zuma said (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/29/obama-south-africa_n_3521583.html).
Other than both men being the first African descended presidents of their respective nations, Mandela and Obama stand on opposite sides of history. Mandela was a political prisoner and victim of a corrupt and repressive state, where as Obama is a corporate supplicant that has criminalized those engaging in political dissent and has persecuted many as traitors and spies.
The following biographic information is from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Mandela).
“Working as a lawyer, he was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and, with the ANC leadership, was prosecuted in the Treason Trial from 1956 to 1961, but was found not guilty. Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the South African Communist Party, he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) in 1961, leading a bombing campaign against government targets. In 1962 he was arrested, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial.
On 5 December 1956, Mandela was arrested alongside most of the ANC Executive for “high treason” against the state. He was held in Johannesburg Prison amid mass protest.
Under the State of Emergency measures, Mandela and other activists were arrested on 30 March , imprisoned without charge in the unsanitary conditions of the Pretoria Local prison, while the ANC and PAC were banned in April.
“On 5 August 1962, police captured Mandela along with Cecil Williams near Howick. Jailed in Johannesburg’s Marshall Square prison, he was charged with inciting workers’ strikes and leaving the country without permission.
However, deeming them to be violent communist agitators, South Africa’s government ignored all calls for clemency and on 12 June 1964, de Wet found Mandela and two of his co-accused guilty on all four charges, sentencing them to life imprisonment rather than death.
Mandela and his co-accused were transferred from Pretoria to the prison on Robben Island, remaining there for the next 18 years. Isolated from non-political prisoners in Section B, Mandela was imprisoned in a damp concrete cell measuring 8 feet (2.4 m) by 7 feet (2.1 m), with a straw mat on which to sleep (ibid).
At the same time Obama was meeting with Mandela’s family, his Vice President, Joe Biden, was on the phone with Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, urging, if not threatening, Ecuadorian president, Correa not to grant political asylum to Edward Snowden, the man Obama’s government has labeled a traitor and charged with espionage under the 1917 Espionage Act(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/29/joe-biden-ecuador_n_3522692.html). One cannot escape the brutal irony that the treatment of Edward Snowden has striking parallels to the treatment of Nelson Mandela 50 years ago.
As detailed in a previous article, the Obama’s administration has prosecuted numerous political actors which include Aaron Swartz, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, Bradley Manning, the Paypal 14, Jeremy Hammond, Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer , and Chaplain James Yee (http://www.dailycensored.com/hope-change-betrayed-the-prosecution-of-obama-supporters-and-the-deprecation-of-daily-life/), to name but a few.
The mass surveillance of Americans, indefinite detentions, targeted killings of Americans, lying to Congress and refusal to prosecute powerful corporations has established a strong parallel between the Obama government and the Apartheid regime which Mandela opposed.
The ST Pete For Peace.org website has compiled a comprehensive list of despicable and criminal actions that have taken place since Obama took office and they have put their findings out on their web for all to see. Reporter for Dailycensored.com, Carl Herman detailed the 200 plus crimes of the Obama administration and you can read the list at (http://www.dailycensored.com/200-crimes-dishonorable-acts-demanding-us-leadership-arrests/).
Other than both men being black presidents and Nobel peace prize winners, the facts clearly show Mandela and Obama stand on the opposite side of history. Clearly, Obama is no Mandela. In fact, Obama has cemented his legacy as the first Nobel peace prize winner to engage in targeted killings, drone assassinations, and political persecutions of men such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.
Mandela’s daughter says her father, although sick, is the one making decisions about his own fate, as he remains in critical but stable condition at a Pretoria hospital (http://www.news.com.au/world-news/nelson-mandela-in-charge-of-his-own-fate-says-daughter-zindzi/story-fndir2ev-1226672284872).
Meanwhile, the Obama administration is making decisions about Americans’ fate — that is as long as we let him.