What do these people have in common?
Nelson Mandela
Fidel Castro
Ho Chi Minh
Martin Luther King Jr.
Mohatma Gandhi

They all were or are leaders of National Liberation Movements.

They were or are totally dedicated to the welfare of the people they represented.

Nelson Mandela sat in prison for 27 years for his ideals. Ideals that got him elected President of South Africa almost immediately after his release. This was the official end of apartheid, the horrible system that physically separated Whites from Blacks in the region. The beginning of a new era.

Fidel Castro led his tiny nation of Cuba, a nation that was a vacation ground for American tourists and foreign fruit companies. A country whose population was so poor and illiterate due to policies of previous governments. Castro’s direction led to the nationalization of the natural resources, education and medical facilities for all its citizens. The establishment of a Socialist State…. just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. Despite all odds, it survives under his leadership 46 years later.

Ho Chi Minh led a fierce battle against the American aggressors in his tiny country of Viet Nam. A country that was, for years, divided into North and South. His leadership and direction led to a unified nation free of foreign control.

Martin Luther King Jr. Led his people, the Blacks of the United States to a point in their history where they could stand up as proud human beings and demand all that was coming to them… Full Equality! Non violence was his way and it worked.

Mohatma Gandhi led his people of India to independance from the yoke of British Imperialism. Also through non violent methods, he was able to unite an entire nation. His actions helped bring about the day where we all saw the sun finally begin to set on the British Empire.

Now, what do Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat have in common?

They both are/were opportunists that never had the interests of their people as the first item on their agenda. Their ongoing power struggle was to get themselves into top positions, not to help their nations.

This is just one of many reasons we are where we are today in Israel/Palestine. We do not have, nor have we had genuine leadership that will deliver the both of us to a true and just peace in the Middle East, a peace that would influence the entire world.


  1. CTG said,

    November 3, 2005 at 06:46

    Hey DesertPeace. I was little boy here in South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was released. I was 10 years old, in 1990. I didn’t know much about him, because I was too young, but he was elected president when I was 14 (1994), in high school, and he really impacted South Africa in a positive way. Later, CTG.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    November 3, 2005 at 06:53

    Thanks for the feedback ctg… Much appreciated.

  3. Dusty Dog said,

    November 4, 2005 at 00:55

    One down, one to go…………

  4. DesertPeace said,

    November 4, 2005 at 06:45

    LOL… that’s a positive outlook!

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