Thursday, April 24, 2003

Watching Jon Stewart right now, and saw Fareed Zakaria say "we built democratic institutions in South Africa" as proof of the necessity of the U.S. building democratic institutions before allowing people actual democracy.

One Stewartesque word:


I think Nelson Mandela might want to have strong words with Mr. Zakaria, especially considering that American Cold War interests were instrumental (if not essential) in the promulgation and continuation of Apartheid, and I honestly doubt that anything like the Truth and Reconciliation committee (which emphasized reconciliation over retribution) would have got off the ground with American stewardship.

I'll admit, I'm not an expert on South African history, but this is just jarring.

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