The title was: “His pragmatism was the key to building a new South Africa“
Here’s my very brief response to that article, where I compare Nelson Mandela’s pragmatism in South Africa to Gerry Adam’s (continuing) pragmatism in Ireland.
“Nelson Mandela fought apartheid in South Africa and won.
Gerry Adams fought apartheid in Northern Ireland – and won.
Both were brave freedom fighters who devoted their lives to a worthy cause.
It amazes me how people in the Republic of Ireland today, both old and young (some of the young being Che Guevara t-shirt wearing liberals – another brave freedom fighter) can’t say Gerry Adams’ name without getting a bad taste in their mouths.
If you deny men and women a right to work and to feed their children (a prominent aspect of apartheid in both South Africa and Northern Ireland) they are going to fight back – they have a right to.
I wasn’t in favour of the IRA in my youthful innocence – now as a mature man and a father, I realise they were right to do what they did.
There’s your pragmatism.”