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Mandela's death and hypocrisy

If you ever want to teach your children the meaning of the word hypocrisy look no further than our great business and political leaders... And think of wars, exploitation, workers rights, equality, imperialism and racism...

A sample set of examples:

Bill Gates: Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: A great light has been extinguished.

President Barack Obama: We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set:  to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived -- a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron: A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death - a true global hero. Across the country he loved they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace. Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life.  I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half mast.

EamonGilmore: Nelson Mandela was and will always be an inspiration to all who love peace.

Bill Clinton: I will never forget my friend Madiba.

Mitt Romney: In the modern age, Nelson Mandela will be remembered as an unsurpassed healer of human hearts.

Condoleezza Rice: Throughout history, a few special people have been able to transcend differences and change the world for the better. Nelson Mandela was one of those people who had a vision for human rights and equality

George W. Bush: 'This good man will be missed, but his contributions will live on forever. Laura and I send our heartfelt sympathy to President Mandela’s family and to the citizens of the nation he loved.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott: "Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of Africa, arguably one of the great figures of the last century''

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius: A charismatic giant. With Nelson Mandela, the father of South Africa has died, the driving force for freedom and for reconciliation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Nelson Mandela was of the most honorable figures of our time. He was the father of his people, a man of vision, a freedom fighter who rejected violence. He set a personal example for his people in the long years he spent in prison. He was never arrogant. He worked to mend the tears in South African society and with his character managed to prevent outbursts of racial hatred. He will be remembered as the father of new South Africa and as an outstanding moral leader.

Former President George H.W. Bush: Barbara and I mourn the passing of one of the greatest believers in freedom we have had the privilege to know. As President, I watched in wonder as Nelson Mandela had the remarkable capacity to forgive his jailers following 26 years of wrongful imprisonment -- setting a powerful example of redemption and grace for us all. He was a man of tremendous moral courage, who changed the course of history in his country. Barbara and I had great respect for President Mandela, and send our condolences to his family and countrymen.

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