Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’
By Anthony Zurcher
Editor, Echo Chambers
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell shared his memories of Nelson Mandela with the BBC on Friday.
“He was always a presence in my life and my early years in public service,” Mr Powell said. “He was something of a contemporary with Martin Luther King Jr., and I think the parallels are rather striking and obvious: Both of them believed in something and were willing to fight and die for that something.”
Mr Powell said that he saw the “real Nelson Mandela” while attending the South African’s inauguration in May 1994. “It was one of the most deeply moving moments in my experience as a diplomat and a soldier.