Stargazer is point-on in warning about the use of loaded words; I also heard the same ones [racist, idiot] used on one of the national television broadcasts last night, I switch around like mad so I can't say which network it was. Mandela's words were strong enough. Here's an article today from an African newspaper,Cape Argus.
>>Mandela gets Bush brush-off
The White House has brushed aside Nelson Mandela's ferocious personal attack on President George Bush, pointing to the statement of support by eight European leaders, and warning that standing by was more dangerous than taking action now.
Bush was grateful to the many leaders of Europe "who obviously feel differently" from Mandela, Ari Fleischer, Bush's spokesman, said.
Fleischer chided "people more comfortable with doing nothing about a growing menace that could turn into a holocaust".
Mandela yesterday described Bush as a leader "who has no foresight and cannot think properly and who now wants to plunge the world into a holocaust".
In a speech in Johannesburg at the World Women's Forum, he said Bush was arrogant, implying he was a racist in his readiness to ignore the United Nations.
Fleischer later accused Bush's critics of looking the other way while a "holocaust" brewed.
"The president will understand there are going to be people who are more comfortable doing nothing about a growing menace that can turn into a holocaust," he said.
Mandela said: "Why does the United States behave so arrogantly?"
The answer might be, he suggested, "because the secretary-general of the UN (Ghanaian Kofi Annan) is now a black man".
Urging Americans to take to the streets in protest, Mandela accused Tony Blair of acting like "the foreign minister" of the US.
Joe Biden, the senior Democrat on the US Senate foreign affairs committee, said yesterday: "Such sentiments are not voiced here. But concern at the damage to the reputation of the US, and the risk it will be alone in rebuilding Iraq, is widespread.
"The US had to be wary of actions that make us look like a bunch of cowboys."
Mandela has been warning for months about the anticipated US action in Iraq. My own perspective is BushII would not be doing any differently no matter who headed the UN. However I sure can appreciate Mandela's frustration.