London: Nelson Mandela got so
furious at Britain joining the 2003 invasion of Iraq that he
made a blistering phone call to then Welsh Secretary Peter
Hain, a new book has revealed.
The former South African President, considered to
be one of the world`s most revered statesmen, was particularly
angry at the then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, according
to the book, `Mandela: The Story of a Universal Hero`.
In his book, author Hain, also a veteran
anti-apartheid campaigner who knows Mandela well, said he was
"breathing fire down the line".
Hain recalled: "He said, `A big mistake, Peter,
a very big mistake. It is wrong. Why is Tony doing this after
all his support for Africa? This will cause huge damage
Hain added: "I had never heard Nelson Mandela so