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December 17, 2013
HISTORY/WAR: Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan and the Cold War

My latest at The Federalist looks at the actual history of Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, the Cold War and the end of apartheid. It may not be the history you hear today, but it was all well known to those of us who were paying attention at the time.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:30 AM | History • | War 2007-14 | Comments (2)

Yep. One of the things that made Mandela extraordinary is that he did not follow the destructive path of similar leaders who came before him, but the logical implication of that is that the United States had genuine, legitimate concerns based on then recent history about what would happen if the ANC took over in South Africa while the Soviet Union was still at large. The end of the Cold War made many things that seemed impossible in 1986 become reality less than a decade later, and the peacefully negotiated end of apartheid was certainly one of them.

Posted by: M. Scott Eiland at December 17, 2013 1:33 PM

What I really want to know is, how do you feel about the signings of Granderson and Colon?

Posted by: Steve H at January 2, 2014 1:37 PM
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