December 10, 2013

The Mandela Myth

R.W. Johnson, The National Interest

The Associated Press

How best to appreciate the huge world-wide acclaim for Nelson Mandela, the endless eulogies from politicians, TV and film stars, politicians, and other celebrities? The beginning of wisdom is to realize that there has, for a long time now, been an enormous Western longing to find and celebrate a Third World leader and saint.

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TAGGED: Nelson Mandela, South Africa, Communism


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