What Was It About Mandela That Made Him Such an International Figure?

It turns out that, despite all the cynicism, there is an undercurrent of international longing for a leader with ethics.

JOHANNESBURG - One question is rarely asked here: Why Mandela? How is it that he of all people became such an international hero, an icon, a legend; a figure for whom world leaders made the effort to go all the way to Johannesburg in order to participate in his funeral, which is almost unparalleled in history.