Matt Welch on the Third Lesson of Nelson Mandela

When South African prisoner-turned-president
Nelson Mandela died on December 5 at age 95, commentators all over
the globe wasted no time extracting two main lessons from the great
man’s life. One about persevering in the long struggle against
injustice, the other about refusing to become embittered in the
process. Matt Welch points to a third and often overlooked lesson
from Mandela’s life: Massive American engagement with the fortunes
of other countries, no matter how justified, is inherently

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