I know this is contentious, the claim that Yasser Arafat was murdered using Polonium (as the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was, his killers leaving a radioactive trail through London). I reproduce this Al Jazeera banner (above) here, prompted in part by the clever use of the Po 84 periodic table reference to spell ‘POISONED’.
Whatever your own opinion of Arafat and the whole ‘Palestinian question’ which has so fixated world leaders and the United Nations, this 1990 ABC TV ‘town meeting’ appearance by Nelson Mandela is absolutely essential viewing on the subject of the PLO and its struggle for ‘self-determination’. (I know use of that word is contentious too, but let’s run with it for now. It’s a quote, as you’ll see.)
Some people resist the equating of apartheid to anything else at all, but when I see photos like this:
… I just can’t help but think of South Africa’s townships and the forced segregation and brutality of apartheid. My conclusion: Nelson Mandela’s opinion, his ‘identification’ with the PLO is worth hearing …
Also: Mandela’a master statement about leadership provoked by his being accused of not being ‘political’ enough absolutely echoes …
For anybody who changes his principles depending on whom he is dealing — that is not a man who can lead a nation.
So what would he make of a prime minister who ‘can’t even remember‘ his stance (‘for or against’) on the anti-apartheid 1981 Springbok Tour protests?