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10 January, 08:39

Why did many Americans see Nelson Mandela as a terrorist rather than an enlightened leader seeking independence for his country?

A) Mandela refused to any kind of peaceful means to gain support for South Africa's situation.

B) Mandela used unconventional techniques to bring international attention to his cause.

C) Mandela's tactics caused the death of some innocent people and bystanders.

D) Mandela was seen as a dangerous threat to the American way of life.

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  1. 10 January, 09:26
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    Answer: D) Mandela was seen as a dangerous threat to the American way of life.

    Explanation:

    Although the African National Congress (ANC) used to practice only nonviolent actions, after the Sharpeville Massacre they shifted into violent activity, which made them be considered as a low-level guerrilla by Americans. In the context of the Cold War, U. S. foreign policy established that any insurgent organization in a capitalist country was an enemy, making Mandela and the ANC to be seen label as terrorists.

    Furthermore, the Soviet Union funding the ANC was the last drop required for them to be considered as a threat to the fight against communism and, therefore, to the American way of life.
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