Horatio Kitchener perpetrated
his brutal acts a mere 30 years before Adolf Hitler took
power in Germany. Kitchener apologists always contend that
these events happened "a long time ago" or that
Kitchener's crimes were "acceptable for the times".
The fact is that his methods of warfare was internationally
condemned by the Hague Convention
of 1907 (similar to the UN of today), only 5 years after the war
had ended. Three future British prime
ministers spoke out against Kitchener for his brutality (Lloyd George,
Winston Churchill and Henry Campbell-Bannerman). To still honour
Kitchener as a hero today is blinkered, obnoxious and offensive.
It would be just the same as if honouring Adolf Hitler.
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concerned South Africans. We have no political or organisational affiliations in bringing this message
We are simply members of one of the many ethnic groups in South Africa whose ancestors had suffered from our subject's brutality.
Our agenda is to correct a historical wrong, and not to exact compensation or apologies.
The Anglo-Boer War can never be justified on moral grounds - it was all about jingoistic imperialism and gold. It was not, as some apologists contend, a
"war to liberate the black population" or in defence of "Uitlanders" (British immigrants flocking to the goldfields). The record shows that after being victorious, Britain still maintained the status quo - giving nothing materially or politically to the oppressed black population or improving the lot of the "Uitlanders", whom they despised.
The Anglo-Boer War could have been left in the ashes of history, as a sad lesson to both Britons and South Africans alike, except for the fact that the mastermind behind the most brutal acts of this war is still being
glorified and adulated in his home country.
Most South Africans find this offensive to the memory of those 40 000 civilians that had died in Kitchener's concentration camps. They find British indifference to the destruction of their country through Kitchener's 'Scorched Earth' policies an extremely bitter pill to swallow.
It is now time to clear the air - for South Africans and Britons are good friends, after all.
We want to bury our victims. As stated before, there is no request for an apology from the Queen or the British Government.
We simply want you to update your history books and stop glorifying this inhumane and
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