Friday, December 06, 2013
Ever since Nelson Mandela died this week at the age of 95, my Facebook feed's been erupting with bitter complaints which leave me baffled. I genuinely don't understand the conservative criticism of Mandela; though he did indeed ally with Communists to fight apartheid, the government he installed when given the chance was not a Marxist one. The complaint seems to be "If he couldn't fight apartheid sans help from Commies, he shouldn't have fought apartheid at all." And, while I have zero love for Communism, an ideology that's been consistently disastrous every time it's been applied, I am very glad FDR and Churchill were not such purists back in the days when allying with literally murderous Commies was their only real chance of successfully fighting Hitler and the Nazis.