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I had no intention to write about Mandela but there are some lessons to be learned from what happened in South Africa. Apartheid was an evil that no white or Black American could abide. Mandela is been played up all over the world as a hero. There was a time in the 1980s when white people were afraid that what happened in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe in the 70s and 80s would be South Africa’s fate. Under the circumstances of the time both sides thought they were fighting for their homes and livelihood. There were evil done from both sides but let me say something right now. No insurgent group can do more evil than a government established upon evil principles. Yet the end results of it all tell you more about the story than the beginning.

I find it strange when the people in this country that chose sides during the 1980s cannot update themselves. Those who thought White people had no reason to be concerned about the example of Zimbabwe at the time, were short sighted. I have little doubt that there were those associated with Mandela who would have loved to take all sort of things from white people. Here they were in the majority and felt like many atrocities were done to them without a way to bring about equity. So there were reasons for concern by whites. There were also documented atrocities by whites so affected.

After Mandela was put into prison, the ANC did things similar to which Mandela supposedly later spoke about. He indicated that before he was jailed they had not done violence that he was personally involved with that killed anyone. He made it clear that prison saved him from having blood on his hands. So he seems to have counted it kind of a strange blessing. Personally I think from information that came my way that the ANC and some of the leaders committed Murder. I believe that one of those people were Mandela’s ex wife. I mean throwing tires filled with gas around the necks of those that refuse to support you was evil and unnecessary. She will not be remembered in good will.

The end result of a man’s actions and how people eventually see his work tells more closely the real tale. Great men are not always great. I often hear people who can only mention one side of the history of the Apartheid controversy. People who do this are not being honest with themselves or anyone else. They do not care what they look like and they could care less what you think. You know the tree by the fruit it bears. Whatever was done by the South African government and Mandela before he got out of prison; look at what they did after he got out. Mandela was the key. He said he had no animosity either towards South Africa, the leaders or those who jailed him. He said, “That would be like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy.” He called on P. W. Botha, De Klerk and others who were white to help bring the country together. He served as leader of the country 1 time; invited his jailers to unify. Then he refused another term. That is the man most everyone in South Africa is celebrating today. Wither it was the original man, I don’t know but it was the final man.



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