- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 10, 2001

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Straits Times
Microsoft antitrust case
SINGAPORE The United States government's antitrust suit against software giant Microsoft is on its way to a settlement.
It should not be forgotten, though, how Microsoft got into this pickle in the first place. Lest its publicists claim a victory now, it should be remembered that two courts, including a federal appeals court, had found the company guilty of repeatedly abusing its monopoly power by bullying software rivals like Netscape, computer makers like Apple and chip manufacturers like Intel.

La Repubblica
The cross and the crescent
ROME The good rapport that Pope John Paul II has created with the Muslim world is now at risk. The more "Christian" countries send troops into Afghanistan, the louder the Muslim cry of holy war will become.
Some of the pontiff's more moderate religious counterparts in the Islamic world have begun to condemn the American raids. Under the present climate, John Paul's unprecedented visit last May to the mosque in Damascus would be impossible.
Now the pope can only focus on the three themes dear to him: Humanitarian aid to the Afghan population; an end to the conflict with the introduction of a peace-keeping force; and renewed pressure for peace in the Middle East.

Yomiuri Shimbun
Humanitarian aid to North Korea
ROME The World Food Program is sounding out the Japanese government on whether it could offer about 200,000 tons of rice as humanitarian aid to North Korea, which is suffering a food shortage.
As a matter of course, we should not rule out Japan's offering humanitarian aid in general.
But if we take a hard look at the Japan-North Korea relationship and North Korea's stance on international security issues, it is obvious that now is not the time for Japan to offer such aid.
Only after North Korea, having shown that it deserves to be recognized as a member in good standing of the international community, makes efforts to realize progress on pending issues between Japan and North Korea and in improving the regional security environment, is Japan likely to offer aid, including humanitarian aid, to North Korea. Pyongyang should be fully aware of this.

The Egyptian Gazette
The war in Afghanistan
CAIRO As the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan is heading toward its second month with no sign of victory looming into view, dismay is mounting at home and dissenting voices are raised overseas. What was portrayed as a walkover is proving to be one of the most daunting military campaigns in American history. A prolonged war without a clear victory is undoubtedly putting the anti-terror alliance at stake.
A war of unlimited scope and length is bound to spell more economic and political woes for Central Asian countries, particularly those which have jumped on the U.S. bandwagon. To stave off likely dissent or second thoughts about the viability of the U.S. campaign, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld this week went on a whistle-stop tour of the region. In his stops in Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India, the U.S. official most likely reassured the allies that the American campaign is in good shape. Likewise, he probably promised more economic rewards.
The U.S. may succeed for now in keeping its Central Asian allies loyal. But things may change if the war drags on unresolved.

The Jordan Times
U.S. interests in the Middle East
AMMAN, Jordan Isn't it time that American public opinion faces the fact that the U.S. shares no more values with Israel than it shares with most Arab countries?
Israel cannot be considered a democracy: Its political, judicial and economic systems hinge on sidelining, marginalizing, and denying the rights of 20 percent of the country's population the Arab Israelis.
Israel cannot be a law-abiding country: It has defied dozens of U.N. resolutions; it upholds the principle of land acquisition through the use of force; it practices and defends military occupation and political assassination.
Israel is a theocracy, a state built on the belief that religion and nationality should coincide.
It was never affinity that prompted and cemented the alliance between Israel and the U.S. it was a matter of interests.

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