Mandela: U.S. wants holocaust
- Global Network <globalnet@...>
Thu, 30 Jan 2003
Subject: Mandela: U.S. wants holocaust
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- 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."
The Bush administration is threatening military
action if Iraq does not account for weapons of
mass destruction and fully cooperate with U.N. weapons
Receiving applause for his comments, Mandela said
Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are
"undermining" past work of the United Nations.
"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.
Blair is expected to discuss the issue of Iraq
when he meets with South African President Thabo
Mbeki in London Saturday, a day after the British
leader's meeting with Bush.
Mandela said he would support without reservation
any action agreed upon by the United Nations against
Iraq, which Bush and Blair say has weapons of mass
destruction and is a sponsor of terror groups, including
Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network. (Full story)
Nobel Peace Laureate Mandela, 84, has spoken out
many times against Bush's stance, and
South Africa's close ties with Libya and Cuba
irked Washington during Mandela's own presidency.
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