Originally Posted by Sticky
I really, really doubt that happened. Those in control of the South African governement would have siad just about anything to discredit him. I'm sure depending on your perspective of what happened in South Africa, either side could be viewed favoribly. Mandela was sentanced to prison in 1964 for "sabatoge" which is so non-specific it could simply mean he was outspoken eoungh against a government which didn't exactly allow its citizen to practice free speech. At some point the ANC decided their agenda would be best served using more militant means, but so would you under the right circumstances. He said the following during his trial:
"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
That could have just as easily been said by one of our founding fathers. I'm not saying Mandela is equal to Thomas Jefferson, just that your persepctive on history really is everything. "