Monday, August 20, 2007

ANC - Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?

ANC - Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?
ANC - Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? By Uncle CrackerOne often hears the cliché nowadays that, "One man’s 'Terrorist', is another man's 'Freedom Fighter'."The ANC/communist alliance want to convince the public at large that umKhonto we Sizwe were “Freedom Fighters” when in actual fact they were just common terrorists. What is the difference you ask?It was at the Kabwe conference in Zambia, 16-23 June 1985, when the ANC took the shocking decision that "The distinction between 'hard' and 'soft' targets should disappear. In other words, the onslaught against civilians was approved. In 1981 the ANC/Communist alliance's choice of targets were 81% 'hard' and '12% 'soft' targets. In 1986 it was 10.3% 'hard' and 80.7% soft targets.This Kabwe decision was in contravention of Protocol one of 1977 of the Geneva Convention, that the ANC in 1949 undertook to follow. In 1949, the ANC undertook to only attack 'hard' targets or the SA security forces. Article 1.52(1) and 57 of this undertaking is relevant here.Up until1977, the Geneva Convention had clear guidelines as to what the differences between soldiers, guerrillas and terrorists were. The Umkhonto we Siswe members did not wear their weapons openly and did not wear a uniform that could be recognised at a distance, for instance.In his book, 'Terrorism: How the West can win' (1986), Benjamin Netanyahu defines terrorism as such;"It chooses innocent victims precisely, because they are innocent. What distinguishes terrorism is the willful, calculated choice of innocents as targets...Terrorism is the deliberate and systematic murder, maiming and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear for political ends"He describes the difference between Freedom Fighters and terrorists as such."Terrorists habitually describe themselves as guerillas. Guerillas are not terrorists. They are irregular soldiers who wage war on regular military forces - not on civilians. Actually, guerillas are the very opposite of terrorists. While they put themselves against far superior combatants, terrorists choose to attack weak and defenseless civilians - old men, woman, children - anyone in fact, except soldiers if they can avoid it. Civilians then, are the key to the terrorists' strategy. They kill civilians and more often than not they hide behind them, hoping that the prospect of more innocent deaths will help them escape retribution."Douglas Pike writes about terrorism as such:"Even in warfare certain acts are illegal and may properly be named terror.. this latter point rests in the belief that in all things there are limits, and a limit in warefareis reached at the systematic use of death, pain, fear and anxiety amongst the population for the deliberate purpose of coercing, manipulating, intimidating, punishing or simply frightening into helpless submission. Certain acts, even in war, are beyond the pale and can only be labeled as terror."Mahmood Mamdani writes in 2004;"Despite important differences, genocide and terrorism share one important feature; both target civilian populations."The Western world expected South Africa to sit on their hands and do nothing while the ANC was waging a total onslaught against South Africa. Look at what the current president of South Africa said.This is what Thabo Mbeki had to say, "We can't fight a bush war in South Africa. Look at the map. It is all developed. There are roads, radios and landing strips everywhere. This is not Angola or Mozambique. We do not have forests. The (military) machine would smash us if we tried to send in an army from outlying areas. Also, 87% of the Whites are in towns and cities. Our masses have to serve as our bush. The Black community is our bush."Mr Thabo Mbeki, as a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC (1977)"There is going to be more bloodshed and the whole country will be involved. The Soviet Union will give us what the West does not want to give us - namely weapons."Mr Oliver Tambo in an interview with the Washington Post, 9 September 1985.
"We want to make the death of a collaborator so grotesque that people will never think of it (i.e. collaboration)."Mr Tim Ngubane, ANC representative in the USA, in an address to students of the California State University at Long Beach, on 10 October 1985.
"Together, hand in hand, with our boxes of matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country ... We have no guns - we have only stones, boxes of matches and petrol."Ms Winnie Mandela, as quoted by Agence France Presse, Sunday, 13 April 1986.General Magnus Malan in his address to parliament (17 May 1988) said the following:"South Africa cannot live with such a morality. If the ANC, with worldwide approval, reserves the right to plant bombs against innocent people in South Africa, and continues to export revolution and terrorism to South Africa, the Republic of South Africa reserves the right to act against the ANC in neighbouring countries. South Africa is not acting provocatively or tauntingly. We are not seeking confrontation, but when innocent people are murdered or crippled by terrorists beyond our borders, we cannot sit with our hands folded."Let me again remind hon members of the words of Mr George Schultz: The civilised world will have to think long, hard and seriously about more active means of defense, namely defense through preventative actions against terrorists before they strike. Consequently to act against the ANC in neighbouring countries and destroy their facilities is a form of self-defense for the Republic of South Africa. It is based on a justified principle.
Now looking at the above definitions of terrorism and comparing it to the current crime situation in South Africa, is our crime just “Crime” or is it deliberate “Terrorism”?

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