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BIRCHER ISN’T FAN OF MANDELA

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Not everyone is a fan of South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Robert Crawley, local leader of the John Birch Society, said the society does not support apartheid in South Africa or anywhere else. Nevertheless, Crawley does not feel the United States should make a hero of Mandela.Mandela's past includes guerrilla warfare and terrorism, neither of which he has renounced, Crawley said.

"Inviting Mandela to our nation signals to the rest of the world that terrorism brings results," he said of Mandela's recent visit. "God forbid that we live to see it develop here."

Black African journalist George B.N. Attiyeh said only four of 45 black African nations allow their people to vote. Twenty-three are military dictatorships where no political parties are permitted.