Here’s a reasonable analogy from George W. Bush at a White House press conference:
There is local reconciliation taking place. I had a fascinating conversation in the Roosevelt Room earlier this week with members of provincial reconstruction teams from around Iraq who talked about how people are sick and tired of murder and violence, and that they expect their local governments and their central government to be more responsive to their needs, and local governments are beginning to respond.
Part of the reason why there is not this instant democracy in Iraq is because people are still recovering from Saddam Hussein’s brutal rule. I thought an interesting comment was made when somebody said to me, I heard somebody say, where’s Mandela? Well, Mandela is dead, because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas. He was a brutal tyrant that divided people up and split families, and people are recovering from this. So there’s a psychological recovery that is taking place. And it’s hard work for them. And I understand it’s hard work for them. Having said that, I’m not going the give them a pass when it comes to the central government’s reconciliation efforts.
Whether or not you agreed with him, you’d have to be pretty stupid to read into that anything other than Bush declaring there are tragically few Mandela-type inspirational leaders on the ground in Iraq because Saddam got rid of them all.
Well, it seems the office idiot has struck news desk duty at Reuters:
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader’s death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq.
Only to have his/her howler grabbed with glee and run with by the stupidoes at Larvatus Prodeo
Even when their howler is pointed out, the LP retardos take even more of their clothes off:
Bush said “Mandela is dead”. Mandela is NOT dead. He is 89 years old.
Bush thought Mandela had died, otherwise he would not have used his name in this context. Bush is stupid because he is a head of state who does not know that one of the most famous men in the world is still alive and dancing.
Using Mandela’s “death” as a metaphor for Saddam’s murderous actions simply does not work. Anyone who thinks it does is stupid too.
To those few half-brains still hanging around in the Left: close the door quietly on your way out and turn off the lights. The darkness does not bother them.