President Barack Obama is in South Africa, his first time as US president. His visit to Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island was deeply symbolic, or so he thought.
However, I wonder, if Mandela were well enough to have accompanied Obama on the trip, whether he wouldn’t have gently pointed out the irony of the situation to the US president: the USA continues to hold suspected ‘terrorists’ without trial in Guantanamo Bay cells and
Mandela himself was unjustly imprisoned as a ‘terrorist’ by the Apartheid government of South Africa. There doesn’t seem to be that much difference between the two governments when it comes to dealing with those who oppose their policies. Might is always right; morality is an optional extra, if convenient.