why do conservatives claim mandela was a terrorist?
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cons are threatened by any progressive thinking
thats life eh
jesus christ you people
Mandela was fighting against an oppressive regime
revolution by definition incorporates acts of terrorism
same as the nascent United States when repelling British rule
expand your understanding you dribbling idiots
the U.S. officially considered Mandela a terrorist. During the Cold War, both the State and Defense departments dubbed Mandela’s political party, the African National Congress, a terrorist group, and Mandela’s name remained on the U.S. terrorism watch list till 2008. Presidents Carter and Reagan and Congress had all instituted sanctions against the white minority South African government because of its policy of racial apartheid
The report cited 13 attacks during the 1980s, many of which targeted government facilities, including a military command headquarters, an unfinished nuclear plant, a courthouse and SASOL, the government-owned coal-to-oil conversion facility. Of those incidents that resulted in deaths, the biggest was a car-bombing of the South African Air Force headquarters in Pretoria that killed 19 and wounded 200.
The report also claimed significant links between the ANC and Communist countries, noting that the ANC "receives support from the Soviet bloc, Cuba and a number of African nations in addition to contributions from the West." The DoD report added that the ANC received many of its weapons from the "Soviet Bloc" and listed among its "political objectives" the establishment of a "multiracial Socialist government in South Africa
- APNLv 67 years ago
He certainly belonged to and was one of the important leaders of an organization (ANC) that the then government claimed was a terrorist organization when in fact, that government was branded as a tyrannical organization that was not recognized by more that 11 countries. In fact Mandela was the leader of the military wing of the ANC.
The ambiguity comes because he is now dead.
Do they say that he WAS a terrorist because till he was convicted or that he WAS a terrorist till he died. This is never clarified and is left to the interpretation of the individual sheep. Everyone is smug and satisfied in their lair.
Looks like we'll never know. (nat security)
He was released in 1990....but still on T-watch for 18 yrs..
Exclusive: NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela
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- GordonLv 67 years ago
Because he briefly joined forces with a violent communist group, and even though he later renounced any connection to their violent ways the conservatives don't want to admit that someone who worked with communists could eventually turn out to be a great leader.
He also advocated the use of weapons if necessary to restore equal rights to blacks in South Africa.
Also conservatives don't like anyone who argues for equal rights between oppressed minorities and white people as a general rule, so they'll say all kinds of made up garbage to sabotage people's characters. That's politics.
ALSO: the people who rebelled against the british empire to form the United States achieved their aims through violent revolution and guerilla warfare tactics--just like terrorists, only with humanitarian aims.
- michinoku2001Lv 77 years ago
He was at one time. It's no secret. It's got nothing to do with liberal and conservative. If he had never picked up a gun, then he would not have the moral authority he had when he chose peace. The RSA always had its do-gooder pacifists, the thing is....Mandela made the journey from hate/violence to peace/reconciliation.
- Anonymous7 years ago
The Church Street bombing was a car bomb attack on 20 May 1983 in the South African capital Pretoria by Umkhonto we Sizwe, an activist group co-founded by Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo and Walter Sisulu which served as the military wing of the African National Congress. The bombing killed 19 and wounded 217, and was one of the largest attacks engaged in by the ANC during its armed struggle against apartheid.
He as on our Terrorist watch list until late 2008
Mandela fully accepted the positions of the South African Communist Party and used its strength to turn the ANC to terrorism. Western journalists want to bleach this history into a noble “people’s war” against an evil, murderous, racist regime. It was hardly that.
The MK led a terrorist insurgency that included bombings of public places. It killed many, many more civilians than it did members of the regime’s security forces — copiously including women and children. Indeed, it killed many more people than the approximately 7,000 black South Africans who, according to the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, were killed by the regime during the 46 years of apartheid. In fact, twice that number, over 14,000 people, were killed between 1990 and 1994 — the period during which the ANC was legalized and black-on-black violence became rampant, just as it is in South Africa today. The ANC systematically killed rivals for power and suspected regime informants — most notoriously, by the savage method of “necklacing,” in which a tire filled with gasoline was hung around the terrified victim’s neck and then set on fire.
- Lord AizenLv 77 years ago
Not because of racism. He was a liberal who fought for equality in the Apartheid regime through questionable means.Source(s): ~Aizen
- picadorLv 77 years ago
The facts speak for themselves. He was a terrorist, but it was his transformation into an outstanding humanitarian afterwards that earned him honor and respect.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Back in the day, the ANC was basically communist and organized guerilla strikes on the white government's property.
- ms mannersLv 77 years ago
I make no such claim.
I know very little about him, and I'm not interested enough to learn more.