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Not Attending Mandela’s Funeral: Queen Elizabeth, Dalai Lama, Hitler

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Another public figure conspicuously absent from Mandela's funeral, despite their closeness.

Another public figure conspicuously absent from Mandela’s funeral, despite their closeness.

Pretoria, South Africa (AP) – Preparations for Nelson Mandela’s funeral next week have reached a fever pitch, with myriad world leaders and public figures scheduled to attend. But several prominent heads of state will be noticeably absent, and their expected lack of attendance has raised eyebrows.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom accepted her physician’s recommendation not to travel. The 87-year-old monarch has taken an increasingly private role in British public affairs as she ages. It was unclear Sunday whether her son Charles, the Prince of Wales and first in line for the throne, would attend in her stead.

The exiled leader of Tibet , the Dalai Lama, also announced that he would not travel to South Africa for the occasion, refraining from participating in the funeral as a show of protest at having been denied a visa to visit the country on two occasions. The Dalai Lama was a vocal critic of South African Apartheid policies until they were formally ended more than two decades ago, and has expressed misgivings at the treatment he has received at the hands of the ostensibly more liberal South African governments since then.

A third name missing from among the Who’s Who of international politics is the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, who served as the country’s Chancellor from 1933-1945. Nazi Germany will in fact not have even a low-level representative in attendance; the country has no diplomatic relations with South Africa for multiple reasons, not least of which is Nazi philosophy’s congruence with the now-defunct Apartheid regime. Indeed, official Nazi organs have been conspicuously silent on Mandela’s passing, as they were when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995, and when Israel won a lighting victory in 1967 and more than doubled the territory controlled by the Jewish state.

Other leaders have also pointedly not expressed their desire to attend, a fact that has produced some awkwardness for South Africa. Privately, one Pretoria diplomatic official conceded that despite the affinity Mr. Mandela felt for the Palestinian cause, late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had yet to announce any intention to come. Similarly, several South African diplomats privately voiced consternation over the fact that two of Mandela’s major influences, Mohandas Gandhi of India and American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., had yet to register any desire to attend, let alone deliver a eulogy.

As of Sunday evening in Pretoria, officials were still hoping that Morgan Freeman could attend.

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Written by Thag

December 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

10 Responses

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  1. You are such a shit. But still much better than those absent political folks.

    Trent Lewin

    December 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    • All of my relatives gassed and shot by Nazis and Nazi sympathizers in Poland and Lithuania also wish to send their regrets.

      Thag

      December 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  2. Any represetatives from the State of Israel expected?

    Michael

    December 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    • Well, Ben-Gurion’s having a hard time getting out on account of the weather, and Herzl isn’t going anywhere after having to move once already.

      Thag

      December 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      • Ah but Herzl can hardly be called a representative of the State of Israel. Perhaps King David might show up at the last minute.

        Michael

        December 8, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  3. And I bet the bloody Chinese are sending someone! Yet the atrocities and suppression by the regime Nelson Mandela ousted is mirrored by the Chinese today in Tibet. Hypocrisy rules! So pleased The Dalai Llama is not attending. His spiritual connection with the deceased goes far deeper and into future existences in any case.

    Laura Millard

    December 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    • Laugh it off, lady. We only do mockery here.

      Thag

      December 9, 2013 at 7:16 am

  4. Sure MLK, Lady Diana, Yasser Arafat, et al could be excused since they are dead and gone… Now, the Dalaï Lama, what excuse has he given?

    Patricia Daniel

    December 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

    • I don’t know, but judging from the earnestness of the comment submissions to a satirical post, *I* sure wish I were dead.

      Thag

      December 9, 2013 at 7:16 am


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