An Article from the Jamaica Gleaner
There is a popular Jamaican narrative that all white people look to oppress all black people. This is shared by many Rastafarians, common in Jamaican politics around election time, our cultural idealogues use it to their advantage and your regular run-of-the-mill ‘pseudo-intellectuals’ don’t know better.
It has been a very good tactic to gain and maintain popularity in politics to get votes in Jamaica, to get a so-called collective black consciousness; and in the case of Bert Samuels today, to get the “Letter of the Day” in the Gleaner.
The Gleaner laps up this kind of ‘leftist’ rhetoric and always puts it at the forefront of their headlines, especially when it comes from prominent Jamaicans, such as attorney-at-law, Bert Samuels.
In his letter, Mr Samuels puts forward evidence as to why the recently deceased Baroness Margaret Thatcher will come up on the wrong side of history, using racially toned claims of course, as part of the evidence he brings forward.
I have posted Mr. Samuels’ letter on our blog below for readers, followed by my response to some of the claims he made. I sent it to the Gleaner as soon as I read the fallacies in his letter this morning.
As usual, I do not expect the editorial team to publish it. This is what happens when the schizoid left takes control of the information you get.
Bert Samuels’ Letter:
LETTER OF THE DAY – Thatcher was on the wrong side of history
Published: Friday | April 12, 2013
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Margaret Thatcher, that great friend of Ronald Reagan, is being remembered as one of the greatest three-term prime ministers of England.
That view is not shared by many of my family members living in Britain whose recollection is that she crossed two oceans to fight Argentina for islands captured centuries ago.
She is on record also for having stopped the distribution of free milk to the poor in England. But to top it all, she supported the racist government of South Africa which slaughtered our African bothers and sisters. She had no problem with white racists who took over southern Africa and impoverished our people with the bloodsucking system of apartheid.
The voices of those who were murdered by the white-minority, racist and illegal South African regime, fighting for freedom in their own country, including the honourable Steve Biko, are not celebrating Britain’s first female leader’s reign.
Left to Mrs Thatcher, Nelson Mandela would have rotted in prison. She declared him a “terrorist” and branded the African National Congress a “terrorist organisation”. We who deem Mandela a hero cannot, at the same time, celebrate the life of a leader whose political views were to demonise a living African icon.
Today, we celebrate the victory of good over evil.
The Editor, Sir:
Please allow me space in your paper as I have to respond to Attorney Bert Samuels’ “Letter of the Day”, published April 12th. There are many erroneous statements, it’s hard to know where to begin.
First of all, we need to have a sense of proportion and perspective. No one is perfect and there is no heaven here on Earth. Secondly we need to understand the sum totality of the Iron Lady’s contribution not only to Britain, but also by extension the rest of the world.
Of course Baroness Thatcher had flaws, no one is denying that, however, we must understand that the freedoms that most of the people of the world enjoy today, not just politically but economically, are the result of the influence of Thatcherism. The liberation of hundred of millions in the eastern bloc of Europe and the USSR from the tyranny of socialism and communism comes to mind immediately.
I really wanted to get into some of the meat of Mr. Samuels’ racially toned claims against the Iron Lady.
Margaret Thatcher is on record labeling the ANC a terrorist organization. The facts are that in 1987 when she said it, Mandela had long been in prison and the ANC was in fact using armed terrorist tactics to resist apartheid under the leadership of his wife Winnie Mandela. We all agree and acknowledge that apartheid was an abhorrent system of oppression and suppression against blacks and was illegal, unjust and illegitimate. But that does not deny the fact of what practices the ANC employed to achieve their aims during that era.
Mr. Samuels also claimed that Thatcher called Nelson Mandela a terrorist. That is not true. Those reprehensible references to Mandela as “a terrorist”, in 1990, belong to Tory backbencher Members of Parliament Teddy Taylor: “Unfortunately, I do still regard him (Mandela) as an ex-terrorist”; and Terry Dicks: “How much longer will the Prime Minister allow herself to be kicked in the face by this black terrorist?”
Mandela’s sentencing under the illegitimate apartheid regime was commuted to life in prison rather than death due to Margaret Thatcher’s influence on the South African govt, as a then Tory Minister, in the late 1960’s.
When the rest of the world shunned South Africa, she offered constructive engagement in the 1980’s. Politics is not always pretty.
Does Mr. Samuels know that Mandela credits Thatcher for his life being spared. Does Mr. Samuels even know of Michael Manley’s support to Thatcher in December 1979 for her position on Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)? [Please read declassified correspondence from Manley to Thatcher here: http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/7C395B6089F74976B9958FB7FF51D368.pdf]
Isn’t it ironic that these systems of oppression (communism and apartheid) upheld by governments against the peoples of the world, in existence for decades, were all undone and collapsed through Thatcher’s efforts to expand world freedom by the time her reign ended in 1990? History will judge her correctly.