Terrorists become Patriots when they win their fight.
So it was in the early days of America and Israel and also in the latter days of South Africa.
Funny to watch all the careful praise of the man from the RW today after years of vilification,
Saint Reagan (PBUH) once vetoed an anti-apartheid bill from Congress to cut ties with South Africa over the issue which was eventually over-ridden by Congress albeit with a watered down version of the Act that originated in the Senate.
The ANC were considered a terrorist organization well into the 80s and Mandela himself didn't get taken off the terror watch list until half way through Bush the Lesser's terms.
In fact, two of the Congresscritters who voted against the Comprehensive anti-Apartheid Act in 1986 are still in Congress today and still Republican.
Dick Cheney, even today says he has no regrets about his vote to keep Mandela locked up.
All of which makes today's praise by RW talking heads more than a little hilarious and puzzling.
Unless you like to wade into the shallow end of the RW derp pool at places like Freeperville etc and there you will see all the old cat calls of "Marxist commie terrorist" and "affirmative action president" and the like where you will see that the GOP haven't really changed much since those days.
That noted, RIP Nelson Mandela. Free at last.