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Monday, February 28, 2005

Will the good guy please raise his hand

The old addage "history is written by the victors" is infinitely true in politics. The last 100 years has an addendum to the statement: "history leans towards political correctness". Subash Chandra Bose, Malcolm X, Gorbechev etc., all got the short end of the publicity stick - the other guys got a lot more credit. In my opinion, a similar thing occurred in South Africa - F.W. De Klerk is held in far lower regard than Mandela or Tutu. I'm not sure that this is with reason, since the hurdles that De Klerk had to overcome are far greater. The courage to confront the system that has told you that you are better is often overlooked. The oppressed strives to better himself. But the oppressor is often told that they ARE the best - and confronting the reality that absolutely everything you've been told is a lie requires magnificent resolve and inner strength. Maybe I'm overstating the case, but I think it's a topic to be debated. Anyway, De Klerk and Mandela both have their autobiographies (links below are to amazon):


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