Amidst the mourning and the praise, it may be worth recalling that "Madiba" was always an iconic figure in the Middle East: to Kings and Revolutionary regimes alike; South Africans knew the Arab World had staunchly worked against apartheid; Arab leaders hoped Mandela's charismatic leadership and popularity might rub off on them (it didn't); Arab populations dreamed of finding such a visionary leader (they're still waiting). One may wonder what the Arab Spring might have produced with an Arab Mandela, but there was only one Mandela. A quick and incomplete collection of photos below.
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. May Madiba rest in peace and may other nations hope to find such leaders.
|With King Fahd|
|With Iran's President Khatami|
|With King Hussein|
|With Shimon Peres|
|With Yasser Arafat|
|With Tariq Aziz|