The death of Nelson Mandela gave us a good lesson in an historical perspective. For most of Mandela’s life he was branded a “terrorist”, because he advocated the destruction of the Aparteid system. Now he is celebrated as the man who led the effort that destroyed Aparteid. One decade’s terrorist is another’s hero. Nelson Mandela didn’t change what he was doing or how he did it. The world changed – for the better in that regard.
Of course there are still men like Dick Cheney who still insist that Mandela was a terrorist. I suppose this is more a commentary on his character and morality (or lack of). So the next time you hear “leaders” labeling men like Snowden, or Assange “terrorists”, remember Mandela and his journey beyond political labels to justice.