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What Mandela Teaches Us: Negotiating Between Good and Evil

19 Jan

Justice in Conflict

The year 1997 marked the height of Libya’s isolation from the international community. The regime of Muammar Gaddafi was under strict sanctions from the United Nations, the European Union, and the United States, amongst others. For its alleged role in a vicious laundry list of transgressions, including the bombing of a German discotheque, Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, and UTA Flight 772, Libya was castigated as a sponsor of international terrorism. Its leader painted as the embodiment of evil and the “mad dog of the Middle East“.

By 1997, it had also been three years since Apartheid had ended. Nelson Mandela was the immensely popular and universally revered President of South Africa. The country was destined for a more just, fair and egalitarian future. For his role in South Africa’s peaceful transition from autocratic Apartheid to stable democracy, Mandela was considered a saint and joined a select group…

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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in General News

 

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