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  •  one of the giants of any age, he ranks with MLK (0+ / 0-)

    and Gandhi as an example of nonviolence and forgiveness. while we knew after this summer that it was only a matter of time before he passed, it still doesnt make it any harder to lose him. people of his caliber come along but very rarely and it is up to us to carry on his work.

    •  He ranks with them (0+ / 0-)

      for forgiveness, but not for nonviolence.  Mandela broke with nonviolence and led the ANC to abandon its Gandhian tactics to create a military arm, which Mandela led.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

      by SouthernLeveller on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 04:25:00 PM PST

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      •  Incomplete Argument (0+ / 0-)

        So then, how do you account for the reconciliation process that ultimately took place, that did not lead to violence and did lead to much national healing?

        I heard and saw +Desmond Tutu speak about this mighty act of national healing a couple of years ago, and as he described it, all involved made it work, and that surely does not exclude Madiba.

        "I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor." ~ Pope Francis

        by paz3 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 08:59:30 AM PST

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