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Harry Belafonte Says US Leaders 'Possessed of Evil'
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Harry Belafonte Says US Leaders 'Possessed of Evil'Mar 4, 11:13 am ET

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Singer Harry Belafonte, long outspoken on civil rights and political issues in the United States, has lashed out at the Bush administration saying it is "possessed of evil" for preparing war against Iraq.

The 76-year-old U.S. singer told Finnish television on Tuesday that global leaders who ignored demonstrations against a war in Iraq did so at their own peril.

Asked if he thought leaders of his own country were misguided, Belafonte, said: "Absolutely. I not only think that they are misguided, but I think they know exactly what they are doing and I think that they are men who are possessed of evil."

Belafonte, who popularized calypso music in the 1950s with hits like "Banana Boat (Day-O)" and "Jamaica Farewell," hit the headlines in October for likening Secretary of State Colin Powell to a plantation slave for selling out on Iraq.

"I don't think that (U.S. President) George Bush...is a man of honor," added Belafonte, a black man of Jamaican descent like Powell.

"I think he has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people," he said during a break on his Finnish tour.

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