PrezBO and Mandela

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    http://personalliberty.com/2013/12/11/obama-and-mandela-a-lot-more-than-little-white-lies/

    From the op-ed

    Nelson Mandela, the former terrorist-turned-compromiser and the so-called “father of democracy” who served as president of South Africa, hated America. But progressive liberals loved him — none more so than President Barack Obama, who ordered that flags at the White House and all Federal buildings fly at half-staff through Monday, following Mandela’s death last Thursday at age 95. But that was only the start.

    Obama, like so many black celebrities and members of the white media, has personalized his relationship with Mandela beyond all reason: “He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,” Obama saidupon learning of Mandela’s death. The President added, “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.”

    I have no doubt about that last statement. Can you think of another terrorist bent on killing and overthrowing a government with bombs and armed insurrection who went on to be considered the greatest statesman ever? And just in case you think that Mandela was never a terrorist but a misunderstood man walking in the steps of Mahatma Gandhi, then you are at odds with Washington. He was on the terrorist list until 2008.

    No doubt, South Africans were upset when Mandela tried to blow up a hospital in the early 1960s. The difference between Mandela then and Timothy McVeigh, who blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, is that McVeigh was a deadlier terrorist. Later in life, Mandela did say that he was glad he was caught and did not kill all those innocent sick people. Millions of people find it heartwarming that Mandela had a change of heart.
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    I acknowledge my familiarity with Mandela's life is limited.

    Here are two things I understand to be true about him:
    1. As opposed to most leaders he did not crush or try to minimize his opposition once he was elected - he reached out to them and included him in his government because he knew the country would be screwed (see Rhodesia) if he didn't. It seems to me that's what Jesus would do. What other former colonized area in Africa has prospered since independence?
    2. He was a communist - then changed when he spoke to other leaders about how the lack of private capital would crush his country economically.

    So, I don't consider him a saint. Yet, I can admire at least two things he did/choices he made that sent South Africa in a much better direction. And, for those things, I can understand him being honored.
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