Mandela, the man once branded a ‘terrorist’ by the U.S. – Al Arabiya News

English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo date...

English: Young Nelson Mandela. This photo dates from 1937. South Africa protect the copyright of photographs for 50 years from their first publication. See . Since this image would have been PD in South Africa in 1996, when the URAA took effect, this image is PD in the U.S. Image source: http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela/index.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

By then the anti-apartheid icon had long left behind the jail cells where he was incarcerated for 27 years, and was already enjoying retirement and his status as one of the most revered statesmen of the 20th century after becoming South Africa’s first black president.In past years, U.S. officials have beaten a path to his door in his family village hoping some of his almost saint-like aura would rub off on them.On Thursday, when Mandela died at age 95, President Barack Obama hailed him as belonging “to the ages” and ordered that flags on U.S. government buildings be flown at half-mast — a rare tribute to a foreign leader. Yet decades ago many in America did not share in the adulation of Mandela and his African National Congress ANC, which had been billed a terrorist organization by both South Africa and the United States. His severest right-wing critics painted him as an unrepentant terrorist and a communist sympathizer.

 

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