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Lindhs' Mandela comparison isfoolish and scandalous

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The July 16, 2002, press conference statement by thefather of Johnnie

'Taliban' Lindh where he compares thejailing of his son to the apartheid regime's  
25-odd years of incarceration of the world's preeminent nationalistand
former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is as foolish as itis a scandalous
misrepresentation of history, nationalism and civilizationalstruggles.

Firstand foremost, may I state without any qualifications and ambiguitiesthe following: at no point of reasoned logic and  intersection of history,
can anyone find a common thread or even a slender reed connecting aquisling, a fifth columnist, a renegade, a turn-coat, an unpatriotictheo-political zealot such as like John Walker Lindh to Mandela, theprincipled nationalist, patriot, statesman and warrior for the rightsof all
person - regardless of color, race, religion and gender.

Second, the Lindh plea which has brought with it a 20-year jail termin an air-conditioned, well-furnished and stocked U.S. luxurypenitentiary cannot compare to Mandela's lonesome and rock crackingroutine on a small island
encircled by crocodiles and other man-eating sea-animals. In thefinal days of March 1998, I walked inside and peeped through the mainjail on Robben Island where Mandela spent most of his jailed, adultlife.

Third the young Lindh's unique hallucinations of piety masked in hisflirtation with the Islamic religion fail the critical test of themeaning of Mandela's life: that ideological and basic differences oflife can be
resolved through negotiations and reasonable pressure without resortto such monstrous violence and anti-civilizational commands asdecreed by the
Talibans,  and given military teeth and cover by the types ofJohnnie Lindh.

Fourth, Mandela was a prisoner of conscience; jailed for hisprogressive,
panhuman beliefs.  Johnnie Taliban was a dog of war (unless theU.S.
security  agencies know something we don't). Before the rag-tagfringe
sympathizers of the Taliban and their associated anti-civilizationalgoons misrepresent
the young Lindh as a 'freedom fighter' I've two words for them:September 11.

Fifth, while most of the world celebrates Mandela's
heroic,
dignified life and iron-clad commitment to justice and fairness toall, Johnnie Taliban needs redemption and forgiveness for being partof a violent network of individuals who hijacked a country to engagein some sort of joyful wickedness and hateful slaughter of innocentchildren, women and people from almost 35 nations happened to be onthe path of the al-Qaeda terror machine, especially at the twintowers in New York, on September 11,
2001.

Finally, the senior Lindh should commit the rest of his adult toserving as
a healer, a conciliator, a vessel for atonement for raising such ason who
became a dog of war for some anti-civilizational goons and merchantsof
mayhem. He should not continue, with his family and misguidedsympathizers,
their orchestra of foolishness and historical ignorance, andbrazenly
assault our moral and communal senses.

If they had any better judgment and
informed sense of history, the Lindhs would, never again, stab andstoke our
shared pains by comparing the sacrifices and quality of life andstruggles
against racism and all forms of oppression and bigotry as representedby the
statesman man of peace and unyielding force for justice NelsonMandela to
the lethal foolishness of their wayward son, a foot-soldier for theal-Qaeda
terrorism who was accessory to the deaths of thousands of hisfellow
Americans, my fellow Africans, Europeans, Asians. And others.

Even as a young father of a 17-month old son,
ChidoNwangwu II, I can appreciatethe
bond and love of a father and a son .
Yet, I cannot make sense of the so-called 'pride' and rationalizationthe senior Lindh's finds in his son's active roles in what I considerthe anti-cultural philistinism and sub-theocratic, raw wickedness ofthe Talibans and their fellow travelers  (as personified by hisson) in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Seriously, the man's stupefying and mind-bending comparison of hisson's
actions as a combatant against his own country to Mandela's makes me wonder
what's in the water the man drinks!


ChidoNwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), isFounder and Publisher of first African-owned U.S.-based professionalnewspaper to be published on the internet, USAfricaonline.com.He appears as an analyst on CNN's Inside Africa and publishesHouston-based USAfrica The Newspaper, NigeriaCentral.comand TheBlack Business Journal.Essay written aboard Southwest Airlines on July 17, 2002, enroute toDartmouth University's Business School MBE program in NewHampshire.

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