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  • Kasten, Kathy
    Global Network Thu, 30 Jan 2003 Subject: Mandela: U.S. wants holocaust JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- Former South African
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      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
      inspectors.

      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.

      Sean Morris
      Emergency Planning Officer
      Peace and Emergency Planning Unit
      City of Leeds, UK
      Tel: 0113 247 4341
      Fax: 0113 247 4338
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