I apologize for having my first post here in a very long time be so short, but this, mentioned in a Fox News article on Iraq, just left me staring in disbelief.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who Bush has praised as a hero of human rights, joined the chorus of critics by calling Bush arrogant and implying the president was racist for threatening to bypass the United Nations and attack Iraq.
“Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man? They never did that when secretary-generals were white,” Mandela said.
Most pronouncements of racism I can at least understand, though usually not accept. This, though, makes very little sense to me. Why did Mandela choose to call Bush racist, instead of one of the many other possible pejoratives which would be at least a bit more relevant to the topic of discussion? I don’t agree with most of the criticisms of Bush concerning Iraq, but if people are going to criticize him, I’d think they’d at least choose a criticism about Iraq.
UPDATE (from John) – Susanna Cornett also takes a nice, justified whack at Nelson Mandela.