Cultural Revolutions

A "Goodwill" Tour

Hillary Clinton's visit to Africa in late March, which was billed as a "goodwill tour" to strengthen America's ties with developing nations, combined business with pleasure. In between meetings and photo-opportunities with African heads of state, Mrs. Clinton and her daughter Chelsea did a little taxpayer-funded sightseeing in the wilds of Uganda, Tanzania, and other poor countries. They seemed to enjoy playing Isak Dinesen—gazing at rhinos, greeting throngs of natives—before returning to the comfort and safety of the White House.

This tour was also a great publicity stunt for the First Lady, who had wisely kept a low profile while her husband sought reelection. During her visit to South Africa, Mrs. Clinton met and posed for a picture with Nelson Mandela, the great martyr to the cause of freedom who was selling photo-opportunities for $56,000 a shot. Mrs. Clinton also visited a shrine dedicated to the victims of the white regime before taking off for meetings with other heads of state, who are vying for a larger share of USAID funds.

When in South Africa, Mrs. Clinton sounded off on the problems of AIDS, illiteracy, and—her pet cause—the education of young girls, but kept silent about the continuing abuses of the provincial government in Kwazulu/Natal, whose leader has recently served as acting president of South Africa. The evils of the Afrikaner regime have, in the words of Macaulay,...

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