Уроки Южной Африки

Сегодня ЮАР начинает подумывать об отставке Тхабо Мбеки, своего второго президента после окончания эры апартеида. Таким образом, появился наиболее подходящий момент, чтобы оглянуться назад и оценить наши достижения, отметить наши провалы и, возможно, увидеть, какие элементы нашего перехода к демократии могут быть применены в других регионах.

Это - достижение, которое мы в ЮАР не привыкли принимать, поскольку как нация, мы часто занижаем свои успехи. Мы, кажется, принимаем за должное значимые достижения и недостаточно хвалим себя за них. В результате мы видим лишь невидимое облако позади каждого луча света; похоже мы думаем, что наши достижения имеют значение только непосредственно для нас самих.

Мир, в более широком понимании, пока еще полностью не оценил достаточно спокойный переход Южной Африки от репрессий к демократии. И мы и они помним первые дни передачи власти черному большинству, когда большая часть людей полагала, что нас охватит ужасное расовое кровопролитие.

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