These ailing men
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Dec 27, 2012 | 1389 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A poster with a picture of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo: Themba Hadebe/Associated Press
A poster with a picture of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Photo: Themba Hadebe/Associated Press
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It is enjoyable to look back at the lives of noteworthy people — world leaders, humanitarians — and recall the depths of their accomplishments.

Likewise, it is difficult to watch them fade into old age with the same human frailties that befall even the most un-noteworthy among us.

In recent days, we’ve followed with trepidation the health of two noteworthy persons: former President George H.W. Bush and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Bush is 88, suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and is hospitalized in Houston with a form of bronchitis.

Mandela is 94 and is recovering slowly in Johannesburg from a lung infection and the removal of gallstones.

We wish them both well.

What’s more, we wish that their legacies — Bush as the one-time leader of the free world, Mandela as a cultivator of equality — will not be minimized in the larger discussions of world history.
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