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Many on the political Right will observe that the late Nelson Mandela was a communist. That will be the extent of their assessment and observations there after may not be charitable by Mandela supporter standards.

I was an anti-Apartheid activist in college and also conservative, despite often wearing " Malcolm X " medallions.

My support wasn't an embrace of communism but was a demand that South Africa finally live up to her rhetoric about being a free state.

Left of center activists like Mandela forced their nations to honor rhetoric about freedom & amend governing documents to end legal bias against Black people, as precursors for abolishing it against anyone.

The same holds true here in America as liberal jurists like Thurgood Marshall and allied advocates successfully changed Jim Crow, which if we're candid, was simply Southern-fried Apartheid.

Conservatives who promote the considerable virtue of a constitutional Republic, individual rights and free markets have much to applaud in Mandela's example, while wincing at his embrace of figures like Cuba's Fidel Castro.

They can also research the role right of center Blacks here, like Jay Parker, and South Africa's conservative Zulu populace, played in addressing not only Apartheid but how the former Soviet Union and its client states sought to exploit the situation for their own benefit.

Nelson Mandela's life challenges conservatives to make the West " the Free World " in reality and not just rhetorically because the disconnect invites socialists who use racial injustice as leverage to ultimately undermine such countries, if their wards allow it once taking power.

The Soviets were sent packing from more than one Third World country once victory over colonial masters was gained.

It would be remiss of me not to also note perpetual bloody coups and poverty afflicting these lands. Post-Apartheid South Africa didn't live up to some conservative fears that she'd implode into chaos, nationalize her economy; nor engage in state-sponsored pogroms against her White minority.  

She was beset by violence among Black activist groups and assaults against White farmers engaged in holding actions in the hinterlands.

Nelson Mandela, as a communist, ironically helped ensure South Africa could realistically become a member of the Free World, as opposed to rhetorically.  

If he could do so from the Left, can we on the Right do any less within our nations to make sure the Free World truly is "free" for all its citizens?

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Comment by Jerry D. on December 7, 2013 at 6:30pm

MANDELA'S VICTIMS WERE MOSTLY CIVILIANS: 1981 – 2 car bombs at Durban showrooms
1983 – Church Street Bomb (killed 19, wounded 217)

1984 – Durban car bomb (killed 5, wounded 27)
1985-1987 – At least 150 landmines on farm roads (killed 125)
1985 – Amanzimtoti Sanlam shopping centre bomb Dec 23 (killed 2 white women and 3 white children)
1986 – Magoo’s Bar bomb (killed 3, wounded 69)
1986 – Newcastle Court bomb (wounded 24)
1987 – Johannesburg Court bomb (killed 3, wounded 10)
1987 – Wits command centre car bomb (killed 1, wounded 68)
1988 – Johannesburg video arcade (killed 1 unborn baby, wounded 10)
1988 – Roodepoort bank bomb (killed 4, wounded 18)
1988 – Pretoria Police housing unit, 2 bombs (wounded 3)
1988 – Magistrate’s Court bomb (killed 3)
1988 – Benoni Wimpy Bar bomb (killed 1, wounded 56)
1988 – Witbank shopping centre bomb (killed 2, wounded 42)
1988 – Ellis Park Rugby Stadium car bomb (killed 2, wounded 37)
Late 1980s – numerous Wimpy Restaurant bombs (killed many, wounded many)

Comment by CAP BLACK on December 7, 2013 at 6:50pm

@Jerry D:


As were those of the Apartheid regime too I'd assume. ive yet to see a polite way to wage war.


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