Can We Still Be Friends?

For most foreign leaders traveling to South Africa, dropping in on Nelson Mandela is the equivalent of meeting the Queen in London--a task both customary and pleasant. But for President Bush's visit to the country on July 8, a session with the world's most sanctified icon of social justice "is not on the schedule," a senior White House official tells TIME. This is probably no oversight. The former South African President is, after all, among the most persistent and vitriolic critics of the Bush Administration's Iraq policy.

Just last Friday, Mandela lauded French President Jacques Chirac for opposing the U.S. invasion...

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