Press Conference by President of African National Congress of South Africa (Photo credit: United Nations Photo)
Henry David Thoreau is the backdrop: Civil Disobedience, the application. And just like Mandela, Che is a murderer, too (a post on this blog from waaaay back in 2005).
Did he ever read it, Thoreau's work? What does it matter? He chose to be a thug, inciting violence, organizing violence against innocents (like Obama, for instance). I've seen estimates as high as 20,000 for innocents killed by the UmKhonto we Sizwe arm of the African National Congress (ANC) that Mandela worked long and hard to organize in opposition to the status quo of peaceful resistance.
Did Gandhi and MLK get it all wrong?
"Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being." — Gandhi
"Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages." — Thomas Edison