May 4, 2008

BLOT ON CIVILIZATION

Posted in History, Politics, Thoughts tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:13 am by randallbutisingh

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

BLOT ON CIVILIZATION

–Another peep into history. – By: Randall Butisingh

Letter sent to the Guiana Graphic around 1960 when Apartheid was in its highest degradation of Black South Africans while a neutral world passively observes.

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The monstrous policy of Apartheid in South Africa which aims at dividing humanity is a blot on civilization and an insult, not only to the coloured race, but to every seeker of truth in this age.

If the conscience of the world is not awakened to this outrage on humanity, and if this state of affairs is allowed to continue with no pressure being to brought to bear on it by world opinion and the custodians of democracy, then our avowed democratic institutions will be made to suffer.

It behooves us at this time to remember the prophecy of Haile Selassie when he witnessed the attitude of the Western Powers in the unprovoked invasion of Abyssinia by the Italians led by their fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. That prophecy was fulfilled in the Second World War. Dante said “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” This applies to individuals as well as to groups.

It is heartening; however, that the Church in South Africa is taking a courageous stand in this matter, and it is hoped that the Church in the entire world will give its moral support. Loyalty to country is a good thing, but loyalty to heaven is far worthier. Humanity is of far more importance than Race. The former which is indivisible embraces all races; the latter is the result of geographical influences and can be divided by artificial barriers and also of prejudice.

At this critical period of world history, such a situation should exercise the minds of all Truth seekers. It is especially a challenge to Christians, whose duty it is, at any place, at any time, to defend fearlessly the rights of the individual and the dignity of the Human Race. In so doing they will be helping in securing Harmony and Peace.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION.

In 1935, Mussolini invaded Ethiopia (then Abyssinia). Haile Selassie, its emperor was forced into exile in 1936. He appealed to the League of Nations for help, but received none. During World War II, the British helped to reinstate him. He ruled until 1974, when he was deposed by the army and imprisoned in his palace because of famine, unemployment and political unrest.

Mussolini, on the other hand, against advice, joined Hitler and declared war in 1940. After his defeat, he tried to escape but was pursued by Italian communists and executed with his mistress Cllaretta Petacci. Their bodies were hung downward in the Piazza Loretto in Milan. The mass of Italians greeted his death with no regret.

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