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Nelson Mandingo

Nelson Mandela chimed in on the war in Iraq today.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has slammed the U.S. stance on Iraq, saying that “one power with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.”

Speaking at the International Women’s Forum, Mandela said “if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”

Mandela said U.S. President George W. Bush covets the oil in Iraq “because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil in the world.  What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil.” In fact Iraq contributes to only 5 percent of world oil exports

But what really shows that Mandela is a senile racist was this little gem:

“They do not care. Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man?” said Mandela, referring to Kofi Annan, who is from Ghana.

That’s right, gentle reader. The US president who has appointed more blacks to more high-ranking, critical positions than any other in history is a racist, and won’t work with the UN because Kofi Annan is black. 

Charming, isn’t it?

Update: The tenacious Arthur Silber found more of Mendela’s commentary, which was conspicuously omitted from the CNN and NY Times articles:

Mandela added he was pleased that people worldwide, including Americans, were rallying in opposition to the US government.

“He (Bush) is making the greatest mistake of his life by trying to cause carnage. Why does the United States behave so arrogantly? Their friend Israel has got weapons of mass destruction, but because it’s their ally they won’t ask the UN to get rid of it. They just want the (Iraqi) oil...We must expose this as much as possible.” [Emphasis added]

That Mandela, he’s a real class act.  How far the mighty fall.

Posted by Lee on 01/30/03 at 02:16 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink

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