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    This isn't a dig but genuinely an inquisitive questions.
    Thatcher called Nelson Mandela a 'terrorist' and refused to sanction apartheid South Africa like other nations did.

    So was she an apartheid sympathiser?
    Why did she take these actions?
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    Yeah, she supported Apartheid.

    The woman is dead though, let sleeping dragons lie.
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    Can't claim to be an expert but 'The Thatcher government opposed the apartheid policy,' from Wikipedia. Opposing sactions is not the same as supporting.
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    (Original post by Malabarista)
    Can't claim to be an expert but 'The Thatcher government opposed the apartheid policy,' from Wikipedia. Opposing sactions is not the same as supporting.
    Whilst the whole world was doing their bit to defeat the apartheid she stood still and did nothing.

    She called Mandela a terrorist. The same man who fought to bring equality and who faced 27 years in prison for doing so. The same man who united South Africa after the apartheid.
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    (Original post by Bornblue)
    Whilst the whole world was doing their bit to defeat the apartheid she stood still and did nothing.

    She called Mandela a terrorist. The same man who fought to bring equality and who faced 27 years in prison for doing so. The same man who united South Africa after the apartheid.
    Right because there isn't still mass inequality and segregation in SA?
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    (Original post by alexh42)
    Right because there isn't still mass inequality and segregation in SA?
    Didn't say that but it's far better than it was. No small part of that is down to Mandela. The same man she labelled a terrorist.
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    I don't really think she was "supportive of apartheid" but her sympathies and natural inclinations, both political and personal, put her against the ANC and sympathetic to the white government. However, she gradually bowed to the inevitable and applied pressure to them to change.
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    (Original post by Bornblue)
    Whilst the whole world was doing their bit to defeat the apartheid she stood still and did nothing.

    She called Mandela a terrorist. The same man who fought to bring equality and who faced 27 years in prison for doing so. The same man who united South Africa after the apartheid.
    A terrorist doesn't have to be on the bad side.
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    Mandela was a terrorist, the reason he isn't called that is because he won. Anyway you are completely wrong, Thatcher was always a critic of apartheid, she consistently and correctly thought that more could be gained through constructive talks with the South African government rather than draconian sanctions and isolation. Her stance was by far the best of the time and actually aimed to achieve something rather than say to the world "omg look how awesome and progressive we are" all the while being completely unhelpful.
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    Apartheid supporter? No. Thatcher took a typical anti-communist and weary approach to the issue of Apartheid. The truth was the ANC was a radical left wing organisation, and its wasn't in Britain's interest for such a party to gain government in such an important economy. Of course she wanted Apartheid to end, but she realised that applying sanctions was more likely to embed Pretoria into a more insular policy and halt the gradual reforms that were occurring under P.W.Botha. She labelled the ANC and Mandela as terrorists because they used violence to achieve political goals.
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    (Original post by Darth Stewie)
    Mandela was a terrorist, the reason he isn't called that is because he won. Anyway you are completely wrong, Thatcher was always a critic of apartheid, she consistently and correctly thought that more could be gained through constructive talks with the South African government rather than draconian sanctions and isolation. Her stance was by far the best of the time and actually aimed to achieve something rather than say to the world "omg look how awesome and progressive we are"
    So are Bush and Blair terrorists?
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    (Original post by Bornblue)
    So are Bush and Blair terrorists?
    No, Terrorism is the systematic use of fear and intimidation as a means of manipulation and coercion. They may well be guilty of various things however terrorism isn't one of them.
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    (Original post by Darth Stewie)
    No, Terrorism is the systematic use of fear and intimidation as a means of manipulation and coercion. They may well be guilty of various things however terrorism isn't one of them.
    They're guilty of that. They made the public fear about Iraq and manipulated the 'evidence'
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    wasnt Mandela in prison because he murdered someone?
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    (Original post by HelpImAHostage!)
    wasnt Mandela in prison because he murdered someone?
    Didn't the Apartheid government oppress (and probably also murder several people) millions of people because of their skin tone - those millions of indigenous people oppressed by some random Dutch foreigners who thought they should be in charge?
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    (Original post by HumanSupremacist)
    Didn't the Apartheid government oppress (and probably also murder several people) millions of people because of their skin tone - those millions of indigenous people oppressed by some random Dutch foreigners who thought they should be in charge?
    Dutch foreigners? The Afrikaners have been living in South Africa the 17th Century, hardly foreigners. To put that into measure the Xhosa hadn't reached the Cape by that time either.
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    (Original post by Bornblue)
    She called Mandela a terrorist. The same man who fought to bring equality and who faced 27 years in prison for doing so. The same man who united South Africa after the apartheid.
    She probably called him a terrorist because of all those bombing attacks against civilians he was involved in.
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    (Original post by HumanSupremacist)
    Didn't the Apartheid government oppress (and probably also murder several people) millions of people because of their skin tone - those millions of indigenous people oppressed by some random Dutch foreigners who thought they should be in charge?
    It did, but that doesn't mean that some [though admittedly a very small percentage] of the people they imprisoned actually did commit crimes, including Mandela. They viewed it as being for the greater good and we have since 'forgiven' them for it, but it doesn't change the fact it was a crime in the first place.

    The US also called Mandela a terrorist and only removed him from their terror watch list in the late 90s.
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    (Original post by pol pot noodles)
    She probably called him a terrorist because of all those bombing attacks against civilians he was involved in.
    can you please provide me with more info on this?
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    Do you see American's (or anyone else) slamming the Founding Fathers of the US Constitution for not classing Blacks or Native Americans as citizens? Or any US President before the 60s for not ending slavery?
    No, they're remembered for the good they did, as will Maggie.
 
 
 
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