It is surely only a matter of time now before Nelson Mandela dies, a mere seven years after he was removed from a list of terrorists in the US. It is sad that so much of his life was robbed, he being cooped up in prison while some of world fought for equality for blacks and the end of apartheid in South Africa.
There is an interesting little read here about a concert, the author claiming he was part of the process of turning Mandela from a terrorist to a saint and ultimately Mandela being freed. I should remember the 1988 concert, but I cannot.
Will his vision for South Africa ever be fulfilled? Nope. Is South Africa a better place for Mandela having lived? Very much so, and even white South Africans owe him a debt of gratitude for the fact that the country did not explode at the end of apartheid. Revenge must have been a very strong thought in the minds of many black South Africans when they became as good as their masters.
It is a curious world where a terrorist has become a hero, such as Mandela, and a friend to the western world, Saddam Hussein, became a terrorist. I am pleased Snowden has exposed some of the west's duplicity of supping with devils, usually for financial gain or to protect 'the correct way to live on Earth'.
Saints perform miracles, so we are told. Mandela is not a saint but a hero perhaps. He came to be more than what he ever did. He represents something quite intangible that people hunger for. It might just be as simple as basic decency when dealing with your fellow human beings.
I apologise if it seems awful talking about someone's death before they die but I think Mandela now needs peace.
Later Edit: James from Sydney posted about the Apartheid Museum and the piece is well worth a read, not just for museum details. You can find it here.