The Frost Interviews

23Nov12

Al Jazeera English has begun airing a series called the Frost Interviews, with the interview power house himself, Sir David Frost. There are only a few at the moment, but they caught my eye when I saw Frost had spoken with now-retired Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu.

Desmond Tutu is one of my heroes, and more than most deserves such a title. His commitment and vision has inspired generations, but also helped his own people slowly shed the bonds of hatred and heal as a nation. What is fantastic about Tutu, is that he is unafraid to provide his support and guidance, even on controversial or unpopular topics.

He has a great faith, not only in God, but also in the goodness and love of people. He has worked tirelessly to help those who suffer, such as the LGTB community, those with AIDs, the impoverished, and disenfranchised people all over the world. Despite saying he has retired in order to spend less time in airports and more time with his family, he continues to work as the chair of the international NGO The Elders.

The interview with Frost is quiet moving, and he discusses the apartheid, but also both Mandela’s and Tutu’s approach to reconciliation. Additionally, and rather timely, they both speak about the conflict in Gaza. Tutu has recently been called an anti-semite for his comments linking zionist isolationism as a form of racism, because it is exclusionary. He reflects, along with former US President Jimmy Carter, on the harm Israel has done to itself, how the US still feels an enduring need to be ‘penitent’ for what happened in World War II, and the parallels between the current (physical) division between the Israelis and Palestinians and the apartheid in South Africa.

Desmond Tutu is an inspiring man with the most adorable laugh.

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