Mandela: Bush Arrogant on Iraq
by Japan Mathebula AP
A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mandela has repeatedly condemned U.S. behavior toward Iraq in recent months and demanded Bush respect the authority of the United Nations. His comments Thursday, though, were far more critical and his attack on Bush far more personal than in the past.
''Why is the United States behaving so arrogantly?'' he asked. ''All that (Bush) wants is Iraqi oil,'' he said.
He accused Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair of undermining the United Nations and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is from Ghana.
''Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man? They never did that when secretary-generals were white,'' he said.
Mandela said the United Nations was the main reason there has been no World War III and it should make the decisions on how to deal with Iraq.
He said that the United States, which callously dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, has no moral authority to police the world.
''If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care for human beings,'' he said.
''Who are they now to pretend that they are the policemen of the world, the ones that should decide for the people of Iraq what should be done with their government and their leadership?'' he said.
He said Bush was ''trying to bring about carnage'' and appealed to the American people to vote him out of office and demonstrate against his policies.
He also condemned Blair for his strong support of the United States.
''He is the foreign minister of the United States. He is no longer prime minister of Britain,'' he said.
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