How to talk to “terrorists”

Once were terrorists:

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has asked for “embarrassing” travel restrictions on Nelson Mandela and South African leaders to be lifted.

A bill has been introduced in the US Congress to remove from databases any reference to South Africa’s governing party and its leaders as terrorists.

The African National Congress (ANC) was designated as a terrorist organisation by South Africa’s old apartheid regime.

At present a waiver is needed for any ANC leaders to enter the country.

I look forward to the day when common sense prevails in the West and the leaders of Hamas, Hizbollah and even al-Qaeda are welcomed into the US for discussion.

Engagement doesn’t equal endorsement.

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