Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media is not happy with Karl Rove. In the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela, Rove wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal about the world leaders who died in 2013 and — gasp! — he said nice things about Mandela. Kincaid gives the usual far-right response:
Referring to Nelson Mandela, Rove says he “spent 26 years in prison before emerging to end apartheid and serve as the first president of a multiracial South African democracy.” However, Mandela’s debt to Soviet communism, which armed his movement, went unmentioned in Rove’s Wall Street Journal column. Rove also failed to note that the communists who run South Africa today counted Mandela as one of their own. The “democratic” South Africa of today is effectively a one-party state, and the white minority is under siege and facing genocide.
Rove writes that Mandela went “on trial for his life,” neglecting to mention that he was convicted of terrorism and could have been hanged for his crimes. Instead, Mandela received a prison sentence. The white government was actually quite lenient and offered to release him if he would renounce violence and terrorism. He never did. His terrorism cost innocent lives.
See, here’s the thing about these accusations of terrorism: It’s only “terrorism” if one supports the government that acts of violence were used against. Kincaid surely had no problem with Yitzhak Shamir, who committed acts of violence in helping to create Israel. In fact, Accuracy in Media had a glowing column devoted to Shamir when he died. He didn’t have any problem with the Nicaraguan Contras, who committed a vast range of violent attacks and human rights abuses. In fact, he used to work for one of Ollie North’s “patriot” organizations. So why are those people heroes while Mandela is a terrorist? Because Kincaid supported the white apartheid government of South Africa, I’m betting.