I think some people bought a rationale that defined everybody who was in any way in rebellion against the established system in the third world as anti-American. There are people who have sustained this kind of mythology. There’s no question that in the ’50s Mandela moved from a nonviolent model toward being allied with the Communists. My point to conservatives is: there weren’t any conservative allies. Churchill allied with Stalin in World War II. I think in a similar tradition, Mandela was desperate by that stage, he saw the scale of the oppression, and the only allies that were available, frankly, were on the hard left.
Newt Gingrich, calling out his commenters for being jerks about Nelson Mandela’s death on his Facebook page, while simultaneously pointing out that politics aren’t the same in every other country.
Short version: Get a broader perspective on how the world works, my America-centric supporters.
EDIT: Gingrich also commented about the situation on his website, offering some sorely needed clarity to his audience.