Mr. Mandela, 95, died on Thursday. And the tributes quickly poured in for the man who did so much to end blanket racial segregation and who helped to set the standard for free and just democratic black rule on an African continent so dominated by henchmen and thugs.Not to mention a little help from the CIA:
But few care to recall — and virtually no editorials mentioned — that for most of his life, Mandela was not only a Marxist who revered Lenin and Stalin but also was a terrorist. He abandoned efforts for peaceful change in favor of guerrilla tactics and sabotage. And that's what led to his trial, conviction and life prison sentence in the 1960s.
The Central Intelligence Agency played an important role in the arrest in 1962 of Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress leader who was jailed for nearly 28 years before his release four months ago, a news report says.And what was this "terrorist" fighting? What was going on in South Africa in the early 60s that might possibly, you know, annoy anyone interested in freedom and liberty?
The intelligence service, using an agent inside the African National Congress, provided South African security officials with precise information about Mr. Mandela's activities that enabled the police to arrest him, said the account by the Cox News Service.
The report, scheduled for publication on Sunday, quoted an unidentified retired official who said that a senior C.I.A. officer told him shortly after Mr. Mandela's arrest: ''We have turned Mandela over to the South African Security branch. We gave them every detail, what he would be wearing, the time of day, just where he would be.'"
How's this? The Sharpville Massacre where hundreds of black South Africans were massacred by the South African police.
The outcry after the massacre led to legislation banning the ANC and legislation protecting the government from any liability to arise from the massacre.
Among countless other offenses, that's the regime Mandela was fighting in the early 60s. And that's the regime the American right was protecting. Now go back and read the Trib's take on the "terrorist" Mandela. What do you think now?