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Wars and Rumours of Wars

As September 11th comes to a close, the fear that an act of terror would repeat itself subsides. However, the same fear should have been better put to use in another direction. The tension in the air regarding the United States' foreign policy comes to a climax on the first anniversary of the tragic event.
<a href="http://www.newsweek.com">Newsweek</a> interviewed Nelson Mandela in a <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/news/806174.asp">web exclusive</a>, its red headlines screaming "Nelson Mandela: The United States of America is a Threat to World Peace".
Having read through the article, I find Mandela's thoughts insightful and representative of the international perspective. In summary, he says that
<ul style="color:black"><li>The U.S. has had a questionable track record with regard to foreign policy in the Middle East.</li>
<li>The political motivations behind U.S. foreign policy has made it an unsuitable mediator.</li>
<li>There is a racial element at play.</li>
<li>Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice-President Dick Cheney are misleading the President, while [Secretary of State] Colin Powell knows firsthand the effects of waging war and is the "only person who wants to help Bush move to the modern era".</li></ul>
I must say I agree with most of his points, though the racially motivated one has quite a nasty spin on it. Though <a href="http://instapundit.com">InstaPundit.Com</a>'s Glenn Reynolds proclaims that Mandela is making a fool of himself, it is comforting to see a number of more <a href="http://www.metafilter.com/comments.mefi/19896">rational responses</a> on <a href="http://www.metafilter.com">MeFi</a>.

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