" target="_blank">Mandela to Bush: Stay the Course</a>
Appearing at the White House with President Bush yesterday, Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected president, offered strong support for America's war effort:
"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."