Timor again (sorry Lou)

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMhotmail.com
Tue Nov 16 22:22:24 MST 1999

>He is a romantic and sentimental character, writes poetry (not very
>good, but fair for an amateur) and paints. He is compared to Nelson
>Mandela and the comparison makes some sense. They are both candid
>personalities, beloved by their people to the point of worship and with
>a kind of acquired regal status by fact of heroic deeds.

Both Mandela and Gusmao have acheived brilliant deeds: end of direct, racist
and evil rule. However, this analogy rings another truth- they both get
played up by the modern media because neither is pushing beyond the basic
gains- in other words, both sold their soul for a little bit, to give up the
real game. Something that Kabila and Mugabe appear not to have done, keeping
them on the "bad" list.


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