A Credibility Problem
Nelson Mandela celebrates his 89th birthday tomorrow, launching a humanitarian campaign along with former President Jimmy Carter, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other "elders" of the global village. The initiative stems from an idea by British entrepreneur Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel to create a world council of elders to tackle issues such as conflict, AIDS and global warming. Branson and Gabriel, who founded an international human rights organization and championed the anti-apartheid cause, were expected to attend tomorrow's event, part of a week of festivities for Mandela's birthday.I think everybody is OK with Mandela's inclusion. It's the inclusion of the kelptocrat and the antisemitic peanut farmer that makes this seem to have little capability honestly and forthrightly dealing with issues.
And if these are the "elders" of the "global village", we need to create a better village....
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