▶ Remembering activist and peacemaker Nelson Mandela – YouTube – PBS, 18:24 – 12/5/2013.
Of course this would break around 5 p.m., Eastern Time.
We know the old saying: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
I think with this, I’m ready for that “first row seat to history” (as opposed to this one on the second row).
Either that, or I’m going to write fiction.
Nelson Mandela dies at 95 – The Globe and Mail – 12/5/2013.
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(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday.
Nelson Mandela dies – CNN.com – 12/5/2013.
The bold and italics are mine, and the CNN reporting works for me.
An Ideal For which I am Prepared to Die – Nelson Mandela – YouTube – Posted 9/26/2011.
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Still, Mandela was no orthodox leftist. In his autobiography, he discusses how he was strongly influenced by the Atlantic Charter of 1941, a mission statement shaped by the visions of Churchill and FDR for a post-war order in which freedom would reign, fear and want would be banished, and self-government would emerge as a core principle. Elsewhere in the book, he takes care to distinguish the African nationalism he subscribed to from the communist beliefs that prevailed among those he worked with—and his understanding of nationalism bears a close resemblance to the national movements that surfaced in Europe at the end of the nineteenth century, including Zionism.
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From The Awesome Conversation:
The good guy isn’t always good, and the bad guy isn’t always bad. Had Mandela embraced Saddam Hussein too, it would not have made Hussein any less criminal in his dictatorship and kleptocracy. Fortunately, while we cheer any number of enlightened and humanist sentiments and ourselves pick up the battle against barbarism and the despots who promote it, we’re also independent as thinkers in our own right and know not to make idols of our heroes.
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