A TRUE MARTYR FOR PEACE OR THE FARCE OF A LAUDED TERRORIST DISGUISED AS A SOCIAL SAVIOR? YOU DECIDE.

She had no state funeral, no songs were written about her by rock stars, she was never elected to office based on her persona, she had no ties to any radical group with strong connections to terrorism, she never married or had children, she wasn’t deified in life or death, she didn’t live to see her sixteenth birthday let alone her ninety fifth, she spent two years hiding behind a wall in a very small space unable to speak very loudly, starving and shitting in a bucket, eventually she died in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi prison camp where they took human beings to be worked like slaves, starved, gassed and incinerated in ovens, many of them children. Her entire family were murdered this way with the exception of her father Otto. To get there she did nothing but be born a Jew. During her time she did something exceptional that has affected this world in a way no religions leader, political leader or celebrity ever has or ever will, she put pen to paper and wrote the the truth of her experience and displayed the blossoming flower of innocence and youthful optimism from her place in hell. No other book, not even the bible has been as widely read or translated into as many languages and as you read or watch the coverage of Mandela’s funeral, remember Anne Frank instead because she WAS the real thing and not a media created fabrication of a martyr for those oppressed. Better yet, read her diary and do the comparison yourself. This world is corrupt and it praises and elevates that which is also corrupt and it has been thus since the beginning.

2 comments on “A TRUE MARTYR FOR PEACE OR THE FARCE OF A LAUDED TERRORIST DISGUISED AS A SOCIAL SAVIOR? YOU DECIDE.

  1. This is powerful writing, Val. Deeply confronting. Would be easier not to respond, but too important to ignore.

    There’s a decent article here >>> http://thebackbencher.co.uk/3-things-you-didnt-want-to-know-about-nelson-mandela/ that goes some way toward removing the halo from Mandela, but concludes:

    “It’s important to remember, however, that Mandela has been the first to hold his hands up to his shortcomings and mistakes. In books and speeches, he goes to great length to admit his errors. The real tragedy is that too many in the West can’t bring themselves to see what the great man himself has said all along; that he’s just as flawed as the rest of us, and should not be put on a pedestal.”

    It doesn’t feel appropriate to use Anne Frank’s name in the same breath as Mandela’s, but I guess now that you have done it so powerfully all I can really say is that it’s saddening to think Anne Frank wasn’t allowed the time to become just as flawed as the rest of us. Still, she has been praised and elevated by many, rightly so, and I doubt the current fixation on Mandela’s life and death will erase her memory from our minds.

    Keep up the good fight, Val. With writing like this you will make a mark, but don’t let it eat you up inside.

    xo

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