Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #470) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #470)
Transcript: also felt that, if in spite of our earnest wishes in this regard, war breaks out in this region the Arabs would find it difficult to defend their independence if they fought the war with rickety social systems which are essentially feudalistic when the bulk of the population were downtrodden and excluded from the machinery of government. Israel is an advanced capitalist state and it can only be matched by countries with an equally advanced, or even more important, with a superior system to capitalism where the ordinary man would need not only a good weapon with which to fight but would have something dear to his heart to defend. The Nasser Programme seemed to me to be progressive and fully aware of all these pitfalls.
Robbie and I began our tour by flying to Tripoli and spent two days in that country. We next stopped in Tunis and this was the sixth independent African state I had visited and has already become aware of the magnificent work being done by our mission abroad. Oliver had given us references to influential figures in every country and had certainly made a great impression on many diplomats he met.
At the beginning of our trip Robbie and I had carefully discussed our approach in presenting our case to the various governments we would meet and had decided that we should explain the political situation in our country truthfully and deal adaquately not only with the position of the ANC, but also with that of the PAC and not omit any fact known to us that might be in their favour. I stressed that we were in a far stronger position than they were, and that we would make a better impression by handling the matter in such a way that no other visitor from South Africa could ever
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