The author's striking words about Mandela, "the dangerous prisoner, the terrorist, the communist, the traitor," reminded me that even the most reviled may have an element of righteousness in his cause. Undoubtedly similar words have been used about those we consider our enemies, and by our enemies about us. Mandela stands not only for the possibility of transcending animosity, but its necessity.
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