What did Nelson Mandela and Michael Collins have in common?


Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela


(The following is an excerpt from the new book

“The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by SM Sigerson)

“Ireland’s independence was not achieved by a letter-writing campaign. . . . What do these popular leaders, so far separated by time and place, have in common?  What was similar about their lives and deaths and struggles?

Consider also Emiliano Zapata (assassinated en route to peace negotiations); Augusto Sandino (assassinated under cover of peace negotiations); Che Guevara (eased out by former comrades as the revolution consolidated victory); Mahatma Ghandi, Salvador Allende, Martin Luther King, the Kennedies, Patrice Lamumba . . . The list goes on.
Why would and why do such gifted people sacrifice themselves for the common good? . . .

“The larger picture of republican revolutions in world history is very much a work in progress.  We, the natives of modern Western democracies are the living products of that political maelstrom: the ending of which has yet to be written.  What John Stuart Mill called the great modern social and spiritual transition.  In this greater ongoing process, Ireland is indubitably a success story . . .

“. . . Statistics show that modern democracies, governed on principles of universal human / civil rights, the rule of law and separation of powers, are the most successful form of government.   Such republics tend to be more prosperous and more stable than autocracies.  Countries where the public has a powerful voice in decision-making are dramatically less likely to go to war, or to deteriorate into anarchy.  Such stability fosters more flourishing trade, health, industry, learning and generally enhanced cultural and economic development, over longer sustained periods.”

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