Friday, December 6, 2013

The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart: Though He Receives Bi-Partisan Praise in the U.S. Now, Nelson Mandela Was Once Disliked by Much of the American Right

Nelson Mandela

Peter Beinart's column at The Daily Beast is linked below.

The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart: Nelson Mandela Was Not Always Popular With the American Right

“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.”

---Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast

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