Friday, July 18, 2008

Those who dare

Today is Nelson Mandela's
90th birthday! Let's listen to an old famous song to honor his birthday and
sacrifices for South Africa.

"Free Nelson Mandela"
is a song written by
Jerry Dammers
and performed by the band "The Special A.K.A." The song was
to protest the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela by South Africa's apartheid government.


Free, Free, Free, Nelson Mandela
Free Nelson Mandela
Twenty-one years in captivity
His shoes too small to fit his feet
His body abused but his mind is still free
Are you so blind that you cannot see

I say Free Nelson Mandela
I'm begging you
Free Nelson Mandela

He pleaded the causes of the ANC
Only one man in a large army
Are you so blind that you cannot see
Are you so deaf that you cannot hear his plea

Free Nelson Mandela
I'm begging you Free Nelson Mandela

Twenty-one years in captivity
Are you so blind that you cannot see
Are you so deaf that you cannot hear
Are you so dumb that you cannot speak

I say Free Nelson Mandela
I'm begging you
Oh free Nelson Mandela, free
Nelson Mandela I'm begging you
begging you Please free Nelson Mandela
free Nelson Mandela
I'm telling you, you've got to free Nelson Mandela

This is a very quote from the article here:

Know your enemy and learn about his favorite sport
As far back as the 1960s, Mandela began studying Afrikaans, the language of
the white South Africans who created apartheid. His comrades in the ANC teased
him about it, but he wanted to understand the Afrikaner's worldview; he knew
that one day he would be fighting them or negotiating with them, and either
way, his destiny was tied to theirs.


This was strategic in two senses: by speaking his opponents' language, he
might understand their strengths and weaknesses and formulate tactics
accordingly. But he would also be ingratiating himself with his enemy.
Everyone from ordinary jailers to P.W. Botha was impressed by Mandela's
willingness to speak Afrikaans and his knowledge of Afrikaner history. He even
brushed up on his knowledge of rugby, the Afrikaners' beloved sport, so he
would be able to compare notes on teams and players.