Margaret Thatcher from midwife to nursemaid of apartheid

2013-04-11 17:15

Unlike some of my sanguine friends in the media who effusedly gush forth uncritical acclaim for Margaret Thatcher I am afraid that she and Ronald Reagan were the chief sponsors of the apartheid regime! She was known as the "Iron Lady" but so was Otto Von Bismarck imperialists whose unbridled agenda was the supremacy of the Eurocentric way of life.

So I won't mourn her passing.

To Margaret Thatcher, the African National Congress under jailed leader Nelson Mandela was a “typical terrorist organization.”

When much of the world enforced sanctions on apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Thatcher refused, instead pursuing a policy of “constructive engagement” with the country’s white minority government

It is widely reported that British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher criticised the ANC, calling it a terrorist organisation and this was at the Vancouver Summit.

Can those praise singers reconcile the fact that throughout the summit Thatcher stood alone among the participants as opposed widening, tightening, and intensifying sanctions against South Africa - as demanded by almost all the other Commonwealth leaders. In his reaction the ANC representative at the conference, Jonnie Makatini, said Britain's refusal to support further sanctions would result in "the further intensification of the armed struggle". It is in that context in which Thatcher's comments about the ANC were made.

She was regarded as an evil woman to many South African whose clear aim was to promote the Brutish , yes 'brutish" way of life and therefore hundreds of thousands of deaths are attributed to her rusted diplomacy. She provided the apartheid regime with its sustenance for much of the 70s and 80s and in this way managing to obtain the generous concessions that the ANC made at Kempton Park!

The evil that people do lives with them and accompanies them when the reckoning comes, and yes, it will.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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