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Lets not forget admist all the hyperbole.

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posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 09:24 AM
Nelson Mendalla was a hero to many. He was not a hero to the United States. He accomplished a lot of great things without question. It is important to keep it in perspective.

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan placed Mandela’s African National Congress on America’s official list of “terrorist” groups. In 1985, then-Congressman Dick Cheney voted against a resolution urging that he be released from jail. In 2004, after Mandela criticized the Iraq War, an article in National Review said his “vicious anti-Americanism and support for Saddam Hussein should come as no surprise, given his longstanding dedication to communism and praise for terrorists.” As late as 2008, the ANC remained on America’s terrorism watch list, thus requiring the 89-year-old Mandela to receive a special waiver from the secretary of State to visit the U.S. 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. And that’s exactly what Mandela’s American admirers must remember now.
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posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 10:06 AM
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In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
-George Orwell

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
-Dick Cheney

I say Nelson Mandela was a hero of Liberty, things that matter to the human condition and things that make the world a better place.

Reagan, Cheney, Thatcher have all achieved certain things and they destroyed others in the process. They may be the victors, but that does not make them heroes.


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