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But Ugandan President Museveni Digresses

I found this recently and thought you might want to see it, just since it is one of the strangest things I’ve seen recently.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu was in Uganda early last month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Israeli raid on Entebbe, which freed Israeli hostages being held by then-President Idi Amin.

At the ceremony, current Ugandan President Museveni delivered the most absurd speech I have ever heard by an international leader, while Netanyahu politely listened. He referred to Israel as Palestine, repeatedly, and started talking about Jesus, Britain’s Lord Balfour, and some of his personal experiences related to nothing in particular.

13 thoughts on “But Ugandan President Museveni Digresses”

  1. Strange but true: “discussing Uganda” is a euphemism (chiefly British) for illicit sex.

    As for the video–I’m not sure what’s more bizarre: that speech, or the sign language interpreter at Mandela’s funeral.

  2. He’s old, he’s confused, English is not his first language, but the overall speech was kindly in a way – just not correct.
    Maybe we’re all so accustomed to the professional politician who spews slick, clichéd phrases that mean the opposite of the words, we forget that some nations are full of common people who speak in a common way.

    1. Considering the age of our candidates and some of our Congresscritters he’s not that old — 71 — and he is college educated and he is respected internationally. He interacts with the IMF and the World Bank regularly and seems to have brought a good measure of economic recovery to his country. So, I think he’s a step above some of the African leaders we have seen. Of course, he has been President since 1986. That could suggest many things, but it is a stretch of stability from the little I understand (very very little).

      He did make some mistakes that perhaps he shouldn’t have in light of his experience. But I just took a cursory look and it is also possible like HRC he has some health issues.

      But I do agree that many of the “third world” leaders are less polished, and less capable of political speechifying. Not a bad thing. And good on Netanyhu for his diplomacy.

    2. Well, it was hilarious, highly entertaining, thank you Keith. As you write, srdem, it was kindly in a way. Old Museveni certainly did not use a Teleprompter , he had some notes but just said whatever was on his mind. And that is, as you write Grace, not a bad thing, not on a friendly occasion like this. A speech like this would cause a scandal in the West but in Africa, well, probably not. Ugandas media is probably state controlled. And they do not take politics so seriously, I guess. It was so amusing to see the spectators reactions. He had a nice hat, by the way.

  3. A giggle. I just had a brief image of our very own Barack Hussein in this hat delivering a comment from Martha Vineyard.

    Never happen though. Golf at MV not presidentin’ — but still made me smile.

    Haven’t seen much of Mooch — cause for pause that.

  4. I thought it was a very good speech–genuine, warm, a human talking to other humans in the hot sun of an African day. It’s important to remember that Yonatan, Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, was killed on that raid, so the visit was important to him for that and other reasons.

    For the young ‘uns amongst us, here’s a little write up of the Entebbe event, a heroic rescue mission that reminds us of what the best among us are sometimes called upon to do.

    1. I guess that he can be as carefree as he is while he is a President since….1986. Thirty years. It is impossible to be a leader this long without being a corrupt dictator. Like most African presidents.
      However, I enjoyed his speech too.It is a joy to hear a politician speak his mind.He did not hide his opinion of his own people though. Seems like he thought they were ignorant, they thought that Jews were Christians, he claimed. He did not think much of Lord Balfour either. ” How can a man this ignorant be a minister ?” he said. Well………

      1. Agree. I’ve visited Africa several times, and observed their political leaders, the culture (obviously there are huge differences country to country there). I was in Libya just after King Idris was overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi, spent time in Tripoli, etc. It’s such a different world from what we are used to, and it creates a political climate that breeds a completely different kind of political leader than Western nations. The Berlin Conference of 1884-85 divided Africa–setting up artificial borders which split tribes and clans, etc. and helped create the chaos we still see there–, in such a way that could only result in the political class and craziness we see today. We’re still paying the price.

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