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I can’t believe he SAID that!

I thought he had more sense than that:
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.

No, and people who hate us never flew planes into our buildings killing thousands before either. It's a new world out there, Sparky. You might want to pay attention.

It gets even worse:
Mandela accused the United States of committing what he called "unspeakable atrocities" around the globe. "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don't care."

I guess one of those atrocities was helping force an end to apartheid and getting your butt out of jail.

"All that he wants is Iraqi oil because Iraq produces 64 percent of oil in the world," Mandela said. "What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil."

Apparently, prison has addled his brain.

According to this, 62% of world oil production in 2001 came from non OPEC nations.

OK, maybe he meant that Iraq produced 64% of the oil from the Middle East.

Nope. Same source shows that Saudi Arabia alone produces 7.38 million barrels a day, nearly 4 times the amount Iraq produces, making it impossible for Iraq to produce 64%.

Ok, maybe he meant 64% of oil reserves.

Nope. According to this, Iraq has about 11.4% of the world's oil reserves.

Well, maybe he meant 64% of Middle Eastern oil reserves.

Nope, same source shows Iraq at 17.6%.

What a crock.
Posted by Rich
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I think <a href="" rel="nofollow">1st Lt. Mark V. Shaney USMC</a> said it best when he said:

"Responsible journalism should include responsibility for one's actions in publishing a news story in such a way that puts many other people in harm's way; has a direct result of publication of a particular story might have on other people.

"We are a people that cherish the democratic system of government and therefore hold the will of the enemy is trying very hard to portray our efforts over here, you can refute them by knowing that we are failing, even if we are making the whole world safer. "

Raymond Onnar
And as always: "Quidquid excusatio prandium pro!
Posted by Raymond Onar  on  07/12  at  10:04 AM

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