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US’ Bday Present to Nelson Mandela: removal from the US terrorism list (after North Korea of course)

Posted by invizweb on July 3, 2008

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported:

Last weekend he was the guest of honour at a huge concert in London to mark his 90th birthday.

More than 64,000 people packed Hyde Park and millions watched the concert on television around the world.

But last weekend when former South African president Nelson Mandela was soaking in the musical tributes, he was still on the US Government’s terrorism watch list.

The internationally revered former South African president was officially regarded as a threat to US national security because of his long association with the African National Congress.

Even the North Korean Government managed to get itself dropped from the list before Mr Mandela.

In April this year US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had expressed her embarrassment at having to wave in people like the foreign minister of South Africa and former leaders like Nelson Mandela.

That was an embarrassment shared by Amir Woods from the Institute of Policy Studies when she spoke to National Public Radio in the US.

“It is absolutely a travesty that Mandela, that really all of the leaders of South Africa have to get a special pass to be able to travel to the US because of these travel restrictions,” Ms Woods said.

“So the Bush administration has quite rightly moved on North Korea to remove North Korea from that list of terrorists.”

“But all these decades, since the end of the Apartheid era we still have South Africa on, especially the African National Congress including Nelson Mandela, on that list of terrorists.”

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