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Sheriff Rick Clark told The Greenville News that he has ordered the flag be raised at the end of today because he said the honor of lowering flags to half-staff should be reserved for Americans.
"The flag at half-staff is for Americans' ultimate sacrifice for our country," Clark said. "We should never stray away from that."
"While we mourn his loss, we will forever honor Nelson Mandela's memory," the president said. "He left behind a South Africa that is free and at peace with itself - a close friend and partner of the United States. And his memory will be kept in the hearts of billions who have been lifted up by the power of his example."
Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. At his trial, he had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilising terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists. Here are some highlights
From their perspective, Mandela’s critics were right to distrust him. They called him a “terrorist” because he had waged armed resistance to apartheid. They called him a “communist” because the Soviet Union was the ANC’s chief external benefactor and the South African Communist Party was among its closest domestic allies. More fundamentally, what Mandela’s American detractors understood is that he considered himself an opponent, not an ally, of American power.
Should the flag posted at half staff only be reserved for Americans?
The president may order the flag to be flown at half-staff to mark the death of ... foreign dignitaries.
In addition to these occasions, the president may order half-staff display of the flag after other tragic events.
Do you think that Nelson Mandela deserves such an honor?
reply to post by StallionDuck
The point is to billions of the world’s population and millions of Americans HE WAS A GOOD MAN!
Because your logic, which I think is illogic, says he wasn’t doesn’t make it so.
No great man will please everybody.
Many in America to this day hate Abe Lincoln, therefore we shouldn’t honor him?
Your reason is unreasonable.