I made a comment in a post HERE about “our President who holds Britain responsible for his grandfather’s treatment during the Mau-Mau uprising in Kenya.” I meant to reference thiscomment at the time, but didn’t do it as well as I could have.
Obama’s paternal grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama worked as a cook for a British army officer when he became involved with the Kenyan independence movement. Grandpa Obama was arrested in 1949 as a sympathizer for the Kikuyu Central Association, the organization that ultimately spawned the Mau Mau. There is no question that the Kenyan penal system of that era was a violent place; mere imprisonment was not considered sufficiently punitive; torture was ubiquitous. Grandpa Hussein’s wife tells of horrific torture of her husband at the hands of the Brits. Some of her recollections are questionable however: one scene of hell on earth she describes is actually a pretty good description of the process of delousing.
There is also no question that if Hussein was arrested for subversive activities, he was up to something more than just being a good community organizer. He certainly would have been subject to some enhanced interrogation.
The left wants to paint the Mau Mau as yet another misunderstood group of oppressed victims. The truth is, the Mau Maus were vicious guerrilla fighters. Contrary to popular folklore, the Mau Mau slaughtered far more Kikuyu citizens than the whites they were supposedly rebelling against.
Obama has a grudge against the Brits for their abuse of his grandfather, a subversive who supported a bunch of ferocious guerillas. And as always with Obama, rather than deal with his own inner demons, he uses his position of power to act out. Another campaign promise kept: Obama is most assuredly changing the world’s view of America.
Perhaps Obama is saving up all the really cool gifts for Ahmedinejad.
The “snip” area details some pretty horrific practices of initiation and torture the Mau-Maus used against their own people, which left a battle-hardened veteran like me a touch queasy at the reading; but that may just have been the Fried Rice I had for dinner.
At any rate, it’s well worth your reading, if only once, to put the issue into context and to show just how petty, venal, and childish the most powerful man in the world is behaving towards our oldest and strongest allies.