Not sure if I would put Daniel Ortega and the word "hero" in the same sentence...
But that's a discussion for another board.
Oooooooh. A discussion you must be 40+ to understand. I will recap then, to clarify for you and for those way too young to have a clue.
First of all, I am a Norwegian and Norway, in spite of being a very loyal friend of the US, has a rather more left sided political view than the US in many things. It was much more so, 30 years ago. But that didn't make us friends of the Soviets- we were in the cold late days of the Cold War, after all.
- Nelson Mandela: the man who led the successful battle for the end of the apartheid of South Africa
- Mathias Rust: the young man who fled from Germany in a small plane and landed it smack in the middle of the Red Square in Moscow, while the russians were supposedly waiting to shoot down anything bigger than a bird that might cross their border. Way to go! I remember hearing it while driving and almost punching my fist through the car roof in sheer joy.
- Daniel Ortega. Today, an aging politician. But once he was the brave leader of the Sandinista guerilla who fought down the corrupt dictator Somoza. After they got the power, the US funded the Contras guerilla who tried to take it back. This was back in the days of Air America and Operation Condor. Ah, happy old times....
- Lech Valesa: the leader of Polish Solidarity, who was the main force behind ousting the soviets from their country.
- Mikhail Gorbachev: the Russian president who allowed the Soviet to disintegrate without using the good old tools of mass deportations and massacres to stop it. He was weak, but the world is better for him.