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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 3 years ago

    All four with controversy dogging them yet achieving a certain mythological greatness.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 3 years ago

    All four with Rush Limbaugh dogging them. There’s an indicator for you, Virginia!

  3. Adam Sherlock

    Adam Sherlock said, almost 3 years ago

    Perhaps he originally would not have belonged there, with his terrorist activities. However after the fall of apartheid he proved that he was a true statesman, and earned his place there.

    He could have gone the way of so many other African leaders and gone for retribution. He choose the way of reconciliation! Which makes him special!

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, almost 3 years ago

    You do realize that many of the leaders of the American Revolution would be described as terrorists today, do you not? Sam Adams, for example. The so-called “Boston Massacre” came about because Bostonians were heaving rocks (and badly hurt) some British regulars, some of whom panicked and shot back in self-defense — which is why John Adams got them acquitted when he defended them in court. (Interestingly similar to the Kent State shootings, some think.) Then Paul Revere made a famous etching that propagandized the shooting as a bunch of British regulars callously aiming and firing at innocent, helpless Bostonians, and so it went.

  5. Baleine

    Baleine said, almost 3 years ago

    He is not a animal. He is a human being. So he can and did change his spots. Where so many African leaders chose Warlord, Mandela chose Statesman. That is why he is seen as a Hero. He could have started a bloody civil war but choose a different path.

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 3 years ago

    Some of those who are criticizing Mandela also want to bomb Iran. Or Syria. Or North Korea.

  7. M Mackenzie

    M Mackenzie said, almost 3 years ago

    @Parker Before Christmas: Either you are really dense or you live under a rock. He’s the most recognizable of the four. You have to figure it out for yourself (hint: you can do it from the comments), I’m not going to tell you.

  8. Patricia Klemme

    Patricia Klemme GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Yes. Arguments aside, this pleases me.

  9. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, almost 3 years ago

    Yes, who have we got: Reagan, Bush, Gingrich, Santorum? Al freedom fighters!

  10. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @lonecat

    “Some of those who are criticizing Mandela also want to bomb Iran. Or Syria. Or North Korea.”

    What’s the point in building all those bombs if they won’t let us bomb nuthin? /sarcasm

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    There are a lot of people trying to tie Nelson Mandela to some of the violence committed by the ANC years after he was imprisoned. Mandela advocated sabotage & destruction of property, not lethal violence. He did waver after the Sharpeville massacre. This is what he had to say in 1961:

    ‘The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices – submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defense of our people, our future, and our freedom.’

    Sounds a lot like, “Give me liberty, or give me death.”

    BTW, good point about Begin. Éamon de Valera was another terrorist turned statesman. In order to have peace, you have to have someone willing to make peace.

  12. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    All great people, but Ronald Reagan would be right next to them.
    He was responsible for freeing hundreds of millions of people from the tyranny of Communism.
    Much like Apartheid, Communism stripped people of all basic freedoms while benefiting a small, privileged ruling class.

  13. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    Your analysis of Apartheid and Communism also fits the political philosophy of the 1% republicans quite nicely. Well done!

  14. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    Hey Baslim, you should read some non-partisan history books some day.
    Reagan saw the spread of communism throughout Europe and decided that there was only one way to stop it. No, not militarily, but by economic might. The Soviet Union had nukes and we were well on our way to a World War that would’ve made the first 2 look like kids play.
    Reagan decided that we would outspend the Soviets both in space and on military. When the Soviets tried to keep up, their system imploded.
    Would Communism have fallen eventually? Of course (probably 30-40 years later). It’s a flawed system, despite what some of the lefties on this site proclaim.
    BUT, because of Reagan’s actions, we saved a generation of hundreds of millions of people a life of misery and enslavement. Also, many others from outright death due to the Iron Fist approach the Soviets took to dissenters.
    There’s a little bit of REAL history for you.

  15. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 3 years ago

    I have a feeling your friends are as misinformed on most issues as you are.
    There are plenty of Americans that think Elvis is still alive too. Also, there are still a few left that think Obama is a good president too!
    Read a good history book on Reagan and the Cold War sometime.

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