Lenin vs. Mandela
Posted on 2013-12-11
With the recent passing of Nelson Mandela we have been reminded of how much he was able to do for his country. His life and achievements have been celebrated all over the world. At the same time, another leader of the 20th Century, Lenin has become a symbol of oppression and is vilified around the world (there are celebrations when his statues are torn down for example).
What strikes me is the similarity between these two men, so my question is: Why are they being treated so differently? Will Lenin be rehabilitated with time? Will Mandela's image suffer?