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Communist Icon Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

The late Andrew Breitbart's 12th rule: "Truth isn't mean. It's truth."

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Dave Swindle

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December 5, 2013 - 3:31 pm

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This is how the Chicago Tribune describes Nelson Mandela in its obituary:

Nelson Mandela, who guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy and became an international icon of peace and reconciliation, died Thursday at age 95.

Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.

“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come,” Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

“We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.”

President Barack Obama hailed Mandela as a leader who left his country with a legacy of freedom and peace with the world.

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He formally left public life in June 2004 before his 86th birthday, telling his adoring countrymen: “Don’t call me. I’ll call you”. But he remained one of the world’s most revered public figures, combining celebrity sparkle with an unwavering message of freedom, respect and human rights.

Unwavering?

Do we honor the dead by denying who they really were and what they actually believed? I’m sorry to say that I realized Mandela had died when noticing that Kathy Shaidle’s July article — “Raining on the Nelson Mandela Parade” – had all of a sudden received a surge of readers. Here are some of the facts she mentions that you’re not likely to read about today:

That “armed wing” carried out terror attacks at shopping centers, movie theaters and other civilian targets, not just “establishment” ones like courts and banks.

These attacks blew many innocent whites and blacks to bits.

(Note: some of these crime scene photos are disturbing.)

And when Mandela was arrested, the authorities claimed to have uncovered “210,000 hand grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 1,500 time devices, 144 tons of ammonium nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminium powder and 1 ton of black powder.”

Governments around the world, such as the ones in the U.S. and Great Britain, placed the ANC on their terror lists, along with the PLO, the IRA and the FLQ.

So when the Left adopted the destruction of apartheid as its new fashionable cause in the late 1980s, the organizer of that “Free Nelson Mandela” concert, Tony Hollingsworth, knew he needed to “personalize” the cause, and give that particular person a big makeover, pronto.

Hollingsworth now admits that the all-star extravaganza “had everything to do with ridding Mandela of his terrorist tag and ensuring his release. (…) Mandela and the movement should be seen as something positive, confident, something you would like to be in your living room with.”

Mandela danced out of prison less than two years after the concert.

Oh, and not long after that, he was filmed singing an ANC song about killing white people:

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Read the whole thing and decide for yourself how history should remember this man.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.

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I believe Mandela was a Marxist and that he led a Marxist organization (ANC) which is still in power. Yes, I agree with you on one thing - the tyranny of pre-Mandela Apartheid was evil. I hope you agrree with me that two wrongs do not make a right - that evil is still evil no matter its lingo or political style and trappings - that evil is simply the violation of man's God-given natural rights to life, liberty and creative pursuit of happiness.

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Wow, how low can you go? Did Mandela participate in a terrorist war against apartheid South Africa? Yes. Did Israel's Menachim Begin participate in terrorist war against the British Mandate in Palestine? Yes.

If Mandela was the communist terrorist you allege AT THE TIME OF HIS RELEASE FROM JAIL, why then did he not take the nation down the same path Robert Mugabe did in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia? Because Mandela matured and changed his views. He became a peace-maker, and although his politics and economics were to the left, he was by no means anywhere near a communist after his release from prison.

You embarass yourself and this web site with such purile, a-historical blathering. I'm with SemperFi80: you read way too much pseudo-intellectual swill and therefore think you are somehow an intellectural. This infantile post about Mandela proves the point.
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I was hoping that at least one of the media sites would have an article that told the truth about this evil communist terrorist. The BIG mistake of the South African government was not executing Mandela in 1964.
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today, most SA blacks are still very poor. hopefully, the South African Communist Party will soon change that with the help of President Zuma.
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And another fine commentary on the greatness of Mandela from another decidedly non-liberal commentary. This guy even has the maturity to admit he was wrong in the past about Mandela:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365631/nelson-mandela-rip-deroy-murdock
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Couldn't have said it better myself. Max Boot, no simpering liberal, sums up precisely why this PJ Media piece (and its various supporters) is the grotesque and inaccurate pissing on the grave it is:

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/12/05/the-character-of-nelson-mandela/

I highly recommend the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Rush Limbaugh's commentary today as well.
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"I salute the South African Communist Party for its sterling contribution to the struggle for democracy." Nelson Mandela

http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=4520

"The number of farm murders, or “plaasmoorde” as it is called in Afrikaans, is staggering. Over the last decade, it is estimated that at least 3000 Boers have been killed. Estimating the number of murders is necessary because the ANC has banned crime statistics from being compiled, claiming they scare off foreign investment. Moreover, the world knows little about the savagery that accompanies those killings. Many victims, including women and infant children, are raped or tortured before they are killed. Some have boiling water poured down their throats, some are burned with hot pokers, and some are hacked to death with machetes, or disemboweled. Several others have been tied to their own cars and dragged for miles… In 2010, the ANC-led regime changed the Firearms Registration Act, demanding that all legal guns be re-registered by July 31, 2011. In the process of re-registration, more than half the applicants were turned down, and 90 percent were turned down again on appeal. Thus, white farm families were forced to relinquish their last line of defense against the tens of thousands of criminal gangs roaming the countryside–armed with AK47s. and as Genocide Watch noted on its website last July one more step was taken as well. “The government has disbanded the commando units of white farmers that once protected their farms, and has passed laws to confiscate the farmers’ weapons,” it reported. “Disarmament of a targeted group is one of the surest early warning signs of future genocidal killings.” … In a speech in Pretoria, organized by the Transvaal Agricultural Union, Stanton claimed the ANC was demonizing white farmers, who have been in South Africa since the 1600s, by calling them “settlers.” A Genocide Watch reports reveals the strategy behind those efforts. “High-ranking ANC government officials who continuously refer to Whites as ‘settlers’ and ‘colonialists of a special type’ are using racial epithets in a campaign of state-sponsored dehumanization of the White population as a whole,” it stated. “They sanction gang-organized hate crimes against Whites, with the goal of terrorizing Whites through fear of genocidal annihilation… It is a post-liberation effort that remains alarmingly on track to emulate all the other historically blood-soaked efforts by Marxists, who invariably need an enemy at whom to direct their anger. White African farmers are that enemy.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert/the-gruesome-reality-of-racist-south-africa/

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Gee, I didn't know Mandela had changed his name to Jacob Zuma. This post is about Mandela and what he did, not what has happened once he left power. (Indeed, the descent into generalized crime after his departure is testament to the fact that such things did NOT happen under his watch.
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Marxist genocide based on race is not "generalized crime," but, rather, a planned targeting and elimination of the so-called bourgeoisie (white minority) by the so-called proletariat (black majority).

“The proletariat [Black majority] will use its political [democratic] supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital [property] from the bourgeoisie [White minority], to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state [self-serving Marxist Government]… Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of [White] property. You must, therefore, confess that by "individual" you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the [White] middle-class owner of property. This person must, indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.” Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto

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Yeah, and tell me where Mandela is at fault for this. Perhaps you prefer apartheid still be policy? Would stamp out the white "genocide" at least.
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most blacks in Africa prefer White rule over black rule due to genocide- ever been to S A? I have and in 93 it was much better than now
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I believe Mandela was a Marxist and that he led a Marxist organization (ANC) which is still in power. Yes, I agree with you on one thing - the tyranny of pre-Mandela Apartheid was evil. I hope you agrree with me that two wrongs do not make a right - that evil is still evil no matter its lingo or political style and trappings - that evil is simply the violation of man's God-given natural rights to life, liberty and creative pursuit of happiness.

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The tyranny of S Africa was not near what the media portrayed it to be
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Wow, how low can you go? Did Mandela participate in a terrorist war against apartheid South Africa? Yes. Did Israel's Menachim Begin participate in terrorist war against the British Mandate in Palestine? Yes.

If Mandela was the communist terrorist you allege AT THE TIME OF HIS RELEASE FROM JAIL, why then did he not take the nation down the same path Robert Mugabe did in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia? Because Mandela matured and changed his views. He became a peace-maker, and although his politics and economics were to the left, he was by no means anywhere near a communist after his release from prison.

You embarass yourself and this web site with such purile, a-historical blathering. I'm with SemperFi80: you read way too much pseudo-intellectual swill and therefore think you are somehow an intellectural. This infantile post about Mandela proves the point.
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What you fail to see is Mandela chose to be the GOOD cop & ANC the bad cop, he got favor from rest of world acting as NON-violent while his buds at ANC were bad ANC blowing people up- the World Media covered this up due Mandela reaching out for peace- he was playing BOTH dumb sides of the world
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Yes, Begin did participate in terrorist attacks, at least he was an active member in an organization which did.

You do not see the sort of reverence for Begin anywhere that you do for Mandela. He ended his career, which was formidable and ended in a peace accord which is a lynchpin of anything resembling orderly peace in the Middle East, rather quietly.

Mandela was at least lukewarm friendly concerning Israel despite the rumors. I think he and Begin understood each other.
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Has it ever occurred to you that he didn't actually give up on those things, but wanted to do them under a more subtle method? Hitler didn't exactly take down Germany with bombs and anarchy after all. He did it by tricking the populace into electing him. And anyways, some reports from the Human Rights Division would imply differently, where they listed the situation in South Africa under Mandela as becoming close to genocidal.

Heck, Cultural Marxism is actually more dangerous than Bolshievek-style Marxism because they actually use more subtle ways to infect their targets with Marxism. Think of what Mandela and Mughabe are doing as similar to Cultural Marxism and Bolshievek Marxism.
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BTW, what "Human Rights Division" are you quoting? And let's see a source, because there is no genocide in South Africa. Crime's a big problem, but nothing even resembling gencide.
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http://www.wnd.com/2011/01/248201/#BLUIpzF3GVmy53oT.99

http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/in-jeopardy-future-of-white-south-africans/

These are the articles in question, and the articles make very clear Mandela had a hand in them, certainly the AMC and CPSA, and I don't think he ever cut ties with the group, ever.
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What? Neither article even hints at Mandela being involved in the present problems. The fact that this is happening long after Mandela left office again proves my point that Mandela did NOT do these things, even though he certainly could have. Try again.
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Mandela could have made himself king and emperor and stayed in power until the end. Instead, he voluntarily walked away from power after his first term in office.

And while South Africa has its problems today, including too much reliance on leftist assumptions, it remains largely a free-market economy (closer to Western Europe than the U.S.) and a democracy.

You basically have no idea what you're talking about.
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Actually, I do know what I'm talking about, because I've studied history extensively, especially those not taught in school.

And the fact that South Africa is a "Democracy" fits in with the high murder rates. France after the French Revolution was also labeled a democracy, and look what happened: People were massacred wholesale, genocide was practiced against Vendee, and the people went on riots. Democracy is a very bad thing. Heck, the French Revolution is largely the reason why America is a Republic, not a Democracy.
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Oh, you've read some books. Well, I read books, too (see some I recommended to Dave Swindle), but more important I lived in South Africa, both under apartheid and after. (I'm an American citizen, though.) The country has huge problems today, crime among them, but to gleefully blame this on Mandela is ignorance on stilts.

This original post is a poorly thought out and unseemingly pissing on the grave of a great man. The fact that solid conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and National Review are praising him (while acknowledging his weaknesses) show just how out of touch you and PJ Media area.
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Except I've got plenty of sources proving this. And its not "pissing on his grave" as these were confirmed facts. What would be such is if I made clear lies designed to hurt him, which I did not. And BTW, just because he didn't go the route of Mughabe doesn't mean he didn't give up on Communism or that he wasn't continuing it up to his death. As soon as he was released, he was seen making a fist while posing in front of the Communist logo (heck, the image is even used in this article), and he did a victory tour honoring Castro and the like. He also sang about killing whites (Shaidle made that clear and even posted a youtube video documenting it). Heck, had I been a communist and in Mandela's position, I actually would put up a public façade of fighting against racism while at the same time making absolute certain that Communism is still in effect even after renouncing it. It's called deception. I won't get any further into my arguments, though, not because I don't wish to, but because my parents are forcing me to hold back at least two days. This is all I can manage for now.
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What books would you like me to read so that I can be as Enlightened as you?
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Well, there's Mandela's authorized biography, but you can also read any number of his speeches. You can look at the fact that as a supreme gesture of grace and forgiveness, he invited his former jailers to his innauguration ceremony in 1994. You can read about his Truth and Reconciliation Committee.

Then read any number of materials about Robert Mugabe and see what a true Marxist did when coming to power, compare and contrast to Mandela.

As for specific books, try Rian Malan's "My Traitor's Heart," Mark Mathabane's "Kaffir Boy," and "South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid." (Pay particular attention to the parts about Sharpesville and Steven Biko. Read about the townships. Compare and contast to Solszynitsyn's "Gulag" books.) Then tell me that resistance to such an evil regime was not justified.
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Yeah, and he was also buddies with Yasir Arafat and very anti-Israel.

And today John Kerry is telling the Palestinians and Israel to make peace "in Mandela's memory". Riiiiight.

I'd say Mandela's legacy is mixed, but if it's half champagne and half poison I don't know who wants to drink it.
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Between the "far left" form of totalitarian collectivism based on class that is generally called "communism", and the nominally opposite "far right" variant based on race, I can only pray for both sides to lose.
Both Communism and the loathsome Apartheid regime belong in the dustbin of history. I can respect Mandela for standing up to one, even as he was way too chummy with the other for my taste. But I have not stood in his place --- he wasn't the first who, faced with the Devil, ran to Beelzebub for help, and (human nature being what it is) he won't be the last. RIP.

BTW, even Churchill, who loathed communism with every fiber of his being, sat down with Stalin (y"sh) rather than have the UK be one corner of a three-cornered war and lose. (In fact, I'm thinking of writing an alt history novel based on that scenario.)
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Too bad Dave didn't remind Mandela about the Declaration's "does not apply to black South Africans" clause. Might have prevented him wasting his life as a "terrorist":

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all* men are created equal, that they* are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men*, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed*.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People* to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them* shall seem most likely to effect their* Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves* by abolishing the forms to which they* are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them* under absolute Despotism, it is their* right, it is their* duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their* future security.

* Excepting, of course, black South Africans. -TJ
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Since when does the American Declaration of Independence apply to any other country in the world?
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Said it already in the Bryan Preston article:

In the words of Jason Lewis; (paraphrasing)" A lot of people agreed with Nelson Mandela in getting rid of apartheid but couldn't get behind his economic policies which were to the left of, well, Marx."

RIP
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This article highlights one of those sorts of historical controversies that tend to divide people in very nasty ways. I can remember reading about Dashiell Hammett somewhere, and his political activities in the 1950's. His politics were very liberal, much more than mine are today or ever have been, and he at least apparently was some sort of socialist, perhaps a Communist of the Lenin or even Stalin variety. However, would you care to guess what he was labeled by the FBI? "Pre-mature Anti-fascist."

Essentially, he didn't like Hitler before Pearl Harbor, and that made him suspect. Everyone who opposed Franco and the Nationalists in the Spanish Civil War was suspect, because the Soviets backed the Republicans in that conflict and so if you backed the Republicans too you were suspect. This logic held throughout most of the 20th Century, save 1941-5 when FDR met with Stalin repeatedly and even had drinks with him.

Was Mandela a Communist? Especially in his early years, yes, he definitely was. He killed people, or his followers did, and resisted a system that I think we can all agree was evil. If you look at how the various resistance movements in Europe during World War II conducted themselves, throwing bombs into crowded cafes if Nazis were there, murdering collaborators, etc., it's not that different. Apartheid was evil, and who else was effectively resisting it in the 1960's? Most of the white world, especially us and the Europeans, were either dealing with our own Civil Rights problems at the time, or just divesting themselves of colonial empires that were themselves pretty racist.

So, this Communist is released from prison after several decades of incarceration, is elected President, and he installs a Communist dictatorship with no opposition parties, no freedom of the press, jails his political opponents, and nationalized all industry in the country, destroying free enterprise...isn't that what happened? Because a committed Communist wouldn't have done anything else, would he?

Obviously the man evolved. Few of us would like to be judged solely by what they did in their youth. Revolutions are rarely pretty and clean, when you get close to them...if you don't believe me, read some accounts of what ours did, when they caught someone they didn't like and "tarred and feathered" the guy. It doesn't sound fun...
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What makes you think he wasn't doing those things up to his death? Just because the MSM didn't report it? The MSM didn't report on Hitler's actions in the prelude to World War II, nor did they cover Stalin's actions (and the former also ended up jailed for terrorist actions as well, remember the Beer Hall Rebellion in Munich?). Doesn't mean they didn't do those things. Most of these things usually happened after their deaths.

And BTW, the Human Rights Division also found evidence that South Africa's White Population was "near genocide levels", meaning Mandela's group was targeting whites for extermination. And right now there's a guy who is reporting that Mandela is committing genocide against Boers (the actual tribe, not merely Caucasians). Here's the source to the latter: http://www.wnd.com/2011/01/248201/#BLUIpzF3GVmy53oT.99
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I was a bit clumsy in part of my first reply to you, DavidWNicholas.

The FBI characterization of Hammett which you quoted does appear pretty silly with historical hindsight, but one point I was trying to make was that, considering the direction that the Spanish Republic was moving, and considering the radical ideology of many of its movers and shakers and its close ties to the USSR, the FBI might have had good reason to pay attention to some of its sympathizers in this country. Many of the Smart Set in this country and overseas were enamoured of the radical left which was a large part of the fight in Spain. Historian Antony Beevor and others have shown how, if the Spanish government had defeated the Nationalists in the war, the result in Spain might have actually been worse than what happened under Franco.

I'm likely to be in an FBI file somewhere, since I lived with some Trotskyists in my younger years. I wouldn't blame the FBI at all, though, for keeping tabs on anti-Americans like the ones I lived with, as long as the Constitution wasn't violated.
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I agree with you, to a certain small extent, but our government's blanket labeling of anyone who was ever at a cocktail party with opponents of the Nationalist regime in Spain as a Communist sympathizer, or at least "fellow traveler" is silly at best. Famously they actually deported to Communist China one of the world's leading rocket scientists (over his protests, he was happy here) and in China he designed the Silkworm missile, as a result.

Regardless, I'm off topic. What I was trying to say was that the system of Apartheid was extremely awful, and so extremes were going to be used to rid the world of it. Back when Mandela was being a revolutionary and Communist, there weren't many anti-colonial movements anywhere in the world that didn't have some ties to communism. The idea that he should have sprung from a clamshell onto the beach as a fully-formed peaceful democratic reformer is absurd. If the South Africans hadn't shot him, and he wasn't killed by a fanatic, he simply would have been ignored, certainly for decades.

And as I said before, if he went into prison a communist, he came out something else. Someone commented that de Klerk gets little mention these days for his role in ending Apartheid, and I think that's a good point...but it doesn't detract from what Mandela did. The fact that there's still violence, still racism, still chaos and confusion in South Africa, doesn't mean they're not making progress. It just means that social change takes time, often much longer than it should.
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"...that made him suspect..."

Whoa.. There was an awful lot more sympathy with the Spanish Republic amongst the American intelligentsia than there was for Franco, during and after the Spanish Civil War. For years, most histories of that war published in English were very biased towards the Spanish Republicans. And there was more to Hammett's left-wingness than a sympathy for the latter.

And on another point, tarring and feathering is not nearly as bad as necklacing and other tactics used frequently by the ANC. All wars and rebellions have atrocities committed, but the American Revolutionaries were in no way morally equivalent to the ANC, which regularly used terrorism.
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