The Reagan administration came into office declaring that a centerpiece of its foreign policy would be a war on terror. That war on terror has also been expunged from historical consciousness, because the outcome cannot readily be incorporated into the canon: among them an estimated 1.5 million in the terrorist wars sponsored in neighboring countries by Reagan’s favored ally, Apartheid South Africa, which had to defend itself from Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress, one of the world’s “more notorious terrorist groups,” so Washington determined in 1988.Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger had adopted a policy known as the Tar Baby Option, according to which the US ought to maintain close relations with the white rulers in South Africa.Ronald Reagan continued to support links with South Africa, describing the ANC as “a terrorist organisation”, but congressional pressure forced increased distance between the two governments.
By today’s standard my support of Mandela and the ANC would have labelled me unAmerican. (I was born in 1981, my support was monetary in nature). America doesn’t negotiate or tolerate terrorist, we just fund them, train then and when they are no longer useful engulf their country in a war to extirpate any accountability. Is today’s freedom fighter a hero a decade later? I don’t know and probably do not want to give my opinion as the NSA may be listening in on my conversations. I just can’t wait for the blatant hypocrisy that will take the news media by storm when this great leader dies. Everyone will give that same speech about how much of a hero he was, probably from the same people who in their youth rallied behind signs like these.
- Nelson Mandela – (South) Africa has to let him go (doubleaad.wordpress.com)
- Nelson Mandela Placed on Life Support in South Africa (myhoustonmajic.com)
- Nelson Mandela, Our Icon (sportunplugged.wordpress.com)
- Dreams Are Part of Our Heritage Too (familyscroll.wordpress.com)