Nelson Mandela and his extraordinary life will enrich the great moral debates on war and peace for generations to come. For the moment, however, at the news of his passing, I am thinking about tomatoes – in my garden in South Africa and in Mandela's prison garden.
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His middle name loosely translated means "troublemaker." Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a petty thief, a pioneering lawyer, a political upstart, a guerrilla commander, a "terrorist" to his foes, a prisoner, and the peacemaker who broke the chains of apartheid in South Africa and became its first black president. The world mourns his passing, but his extraordinary life will enrich the world’s great moral debates on war and peace for generations to come.