- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 27, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Jerusalem Post

Justice, Palestinian style

JERUSALEM … Sadly, the world has grown all too accustomed to justifying or tolerating Palestinian atrocities. Despite 18 months of ongoing terror against innocent Israeli civilians … much of the international community continues to excuse the inexcusable. But as yesterday's brutal triple murder in Hebron clearly demonstrated, the [Palestinian Authority] has yet to conduct itself even remotely according to recognized standards of human rights and the rule of law.

Indeed, dozens of Palestinians have been killed by fellow Palestinians in the current intifada, many because of their alleged contact with Israel. The Hebron killings which came less than 24 hours after a similar murder in Ramallah are but the latest in a series of such assaults, all of which seem to follow the same ghastly pattern. The victims are not put on trial, they are given no rights, nor are they able to confront their accusers. They are simply murdered in cold blood, and the perpetrators are never brought to account for their actions.

Folha de Sao Paulo

Bush and Sharon

SAO PAULO, Brazil President George W. Bush is wrong when he says that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is a man of peace. It is exactly the opposite. Sharon is a hard-line soldier who voted against peace every time he could. … He voted against the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979. He voted against withdrawing from southern Lebanon in 1985. He opposed Israeli participation in the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference. He also opposed the Oslo agreement in 1992. … His list of military achievement is no less gloomy. … Sharon will also be remembered because of Jenin. It is early to say there was a massacre in that refugee camp, but there is no doubt that at least the Geneva convention was disrespected. … To say as did President Bush that he is a man of peace is an affront that gives reason to those who think the United States favors Israel against the Palestinians.

Il Messaggero

On pedophile priests

ROME The phenomenon of pedophile priests is not just American. There are pedophiles in all societies and walks of life. Perhaps in the United States it has been more visible because there are better judicial mechanisms available and greater compensation is demanded by the victims, as well as more costly insurance cover for the dioceses and schools affected.

In the last two days, the Vatican has been striving for a code on the behavior of priests which finally recognizes the gravity of the offense and whose clarity lives up to the expectations of a modern democratic society.

At the same time, the Vatican has been assessing the danger that priests pose to children, not as a remote possibility but as something that will happen again and again. It is repellent that a priest can use spiritual intimacy as a cover for violence made even worse by the betrayal of a child's trust.

Asahi Shimbun

France's presidential elections

TOKYO Jean-Marie Le Pen is a politician at the right-most end of the French political spectrum. He is inclined to dredge up nationalist sentiments that are long on anti-immigrant, anti-European Union rhetoric. His political speeches are the antithesis of the basic tenets of the postwar political mainstream in Europe, incorporating harmonious coexistence among different ethnic groups and sharing prosperity through European integration.

But there is no reason to panic. Le Pen has no chance of beating Jacques Chirac in the presidential runoff. Even so, it seems that the French parties and politicians within the political establishment have to give serious thought to how Le Pen scored his shocking victory …

Chirac has less than two weeks to put forth a convincing plan on fighting crime and terrorism while rejecting arguments from the far right, who link all these social woes to immigrants. Chirac also needs to demonstrate how he intends to pursue an agenda for France that does not undermine European integration.

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