Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has stated, in his speech to the UN General Assembly, that "There is but one political god, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet."
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accused US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday of acting like God in riding roughshod over international law in Iraq and elsewhere.
"We are now being coerced to accept and believe that a new political-cum-religious doctrine has arisen, namely that 'There is but one political god, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair is his prophet'," the veteran African leader told the UN General Assembly.
"Iraq today has become a vast inferno created by blatant and completely illegal and defiant acts of aggression by the United States, Britain and their allies," he said.
In a defiant speech, Mugabe, who is subject to sanctions by the European Union and the United States for his human rights record, accused the West of manipulating international aid to punish governments such as his.
"Regrettably, we continue to see the unfortunate and futile tendency to use assistance in this area as reward for political compliance and malleability, making it unavailable to countries whose governments are deemed 'inconvenient'," he said.
Mugabe said Blair had "arrogantly and unashamedly" told the British parliament that his government was working with Zimbabwe's opposition to bring about regime change.
"Once again, the lawless nature of this man who along (with) his Washington master believes he is God-ordained to rule out world, has shown itself," he said.
Former colonial masters were in no position to teach lessons in democracy, he declared.
"Here in the United States, we remain aware of the plight of the black American of both yesterday and today, and of the semi-slave and half-citizen status that has been his burden," Mugabe added.