And now the most intriguing two minutes in television, the latest from the wartime grapevine:
Bashing Bush and Blair
Former South African President Nelson Mandela says President Bush and Tony Blair are undermining the United Nations by their position on Iraq. But he told a women's conference in Johannesburg, "They do not care. Is it because the Secretary General of the United Nations is now a black man?" And Mandela said, "If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America." And Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize 10 years ago, made clear his opinion of President Bush.
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NELSON MANDELA, FMR. PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA: What I'm condemning is that one power with a president who has no foresight or cannot think properly is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.
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The government of Syria, speaking through its state-controlled media, says President Bush's address on Tuesday night was "not a State of the Union address as much as it was a state of Iraq address. It ranked as a declaration of war." That view, by the way, coincides exactly with the reaction of Vermont Sen. James Jeffords, who said after the speech on Tuesday night that "as far as I'm concerned, he declared war on Iraq tonight. It sounds like he's not listening to anyone. He just wants a war." Reporters who watched Jeffords on Tuesday night say he remained seated shaking his head as colleagues rose to applaud the president's speech.
There's Something in the Air
Up on Cape Cod some environmental groups, such as Greenpeace are supporting a plan to build an offshore wind farm in the waters of Nantucket Sound. But the proposal has run into fierce opposition from such backers of renewable energy as the Kennedy family and former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite. The problem, it seems, is that the 130 wind turbines would interfere with the view from the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod and from Cronkite's summer place on Martha's Vineyard. So Cronkite will now appear in a TV ad voicing his opposition to the wind farm and Robert Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and environmental activist, is opposing it too.