Saturday, May 03, 2003
Demented and senile

I was just hanging out at the White House, and came across something quite funny:

I also want to say that one of the reasons for coming here is to be able to express my support for the President for his action in Afghanistan. The United States of America lost 5,000 people, innocent people, and it is quite correct for the President to ensure that the terrorists, those masterminds, as well as those who have executed the action and survived, are to be punished heavily.

And it would be disastrous if the President gave in to the call that the army must now withdraw, before he has actually flushed out the terrorists. That would be disaster. They will claim that they have defeated the United States of America, and they will continue doing the same thing. So I support him to continue until those terrorists have been tracked down.

That was November, 2001.

Fast forward to January, 2003:

Mandela: U.S. wants holocaust

..."one power with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust." [question to self: is he referring to Saddam or Dubya?]

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." [answer to self: that would be Dubya.]

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." In fact Iraq contributes to only 5 percent of world oil exports. [note to self: never let facts get in the way of making a point.]

How soon he forgets who his friends were while he was locked away in his native land, the beacon of democracy and security for its citizens. And how soon he forgets that it was the United States that flexed her economic might against apartheid, which we all thought was an unspeakable atrocity.

Does senility and dementia start to set in at 84?

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