- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2001

Suddenly, anti-Americanism is no longer fashionable.
In countries that traditionally have been ambivalent about American power, American culture and American hamburgers, this week's terrorist attacks have prompted an outpouring of grief and sympathy that has drowned out the doubts.
German workers yesterday observed a five-minute period of mourning to show their sympathies for the thousands who died in Tuesday's attacks.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in an unprecedented break with tradition, ordered the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the traditional changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
Canada, South Korea, Romania, Croatia and Greece are among the nations observing a national day of mourning today for the victims.
"I think it tells us there is a much greater depth of feeling and an affinity than it would look like in more normal times," said George Vassiliou, former president of Cyprus.
"It's like supporters of two different [soccer] teams," said Mr. Vassiliou, who had come to Washington this week on a diplomatic mission when the attackers struck.
"They look like enemies when their teams are playing, but if the whole game is endangered, they come together."
In France, where attitudes toward the United States often have been prickly, "there is no ambivalence today about America," Jacques Beltran, a researcher at a French think tank, said in a phone interview from his Paris office.
"All of that has completely disappeared," said Mr. Beltran.
French President Jacques Chirac told reporters in Paris yesterday that "one doesn't have to agree on everything" when an ally is attacked.
"There are always disagreements within families and we are part of an international family," said Mr. Chirac. "However, on this area there can be no difference of opinion, the need to fight against this perverse illness, this vice which is terrorism."
Mr. Chirac and Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, his leading political rival, jointly attended an ecumenical memorial service at Paris' American Church yesterday evening.
Many editorials in Europe's leading left-wing newspapers also have been staunchly pro-American. Many wrote that the attacks could have a double impact — impressing on the Bush administration the need to work with its allies and impressing on those allies the burden of the U.S. responsibilities in the world.
Wrote Hugo Young, a columnist for Britain's Guardian newspaper: "The cataclysmic abominations inflicted on New York and Washington are bound to mark the end of [President Bushs] excursion toward unilateral disengagement, but also the end of Europe's double-talk about the excesses of American power."
Said Milan's Corriere della Sera in an editorial Wednesday: "The tolerance of anti-American ideology is too widespread — and Italy is no exception. We must change quickly if we want to watch planes fly over without fear."
Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan's leading dailies, wrote yesterday: "The world must stand together to fight against terrorist organizations which seek to shatter the foundations of the international community through indiscriminate acts of violence."
Around the globe, world leaders and private citizens expressed that solidarity in myriad ways:
* In Kosovo, tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians marched in the provincial capital of Pristina on Wednesday to show their support.
* In Iran, several dozen Iranians held a candlelight vigil in a public square in the capital, Tehran, ignoring police orders to disperse.
* In Ukraine, a leading television station ran a notice throughout the day featuring pictures of the World Trade Center collapsing, with the caption: "11 September, New York, USA — Our sympathies." Americans in Ukraine reported receiving condolences from Ukrainian friends and co-workers.
* Support even came from some unlikely sources. The Agence France-Presse news service reported that nearly 1,000 prostitutes marched to the American Center in Calcutta, presenting a petition condemning the attack and offering to donate blood for the victims.
The broad expressions of support come despite rising tensions in recent months over U.S. policy on issues ranging from global warming and the death penalty to President Bush's missile-defense program.
Mr. Vassiliou said the day-to-day disputes should not obscure the deeper links that a crisis brings forth.
"We can have banana trade wars all the time, but when it comes to real substance, we are together," he said.
Andrew Borowiec in Cyprus, Natalya Feduschak in Kiev, and Osamu Tsukimori and Jonathan Oliver in Washington contributed to this report.



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