- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 16, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Jordan Times

Commemorating September 11

AMMAN, Jordan Six months after the terrorist attacks on the United States, peoples and countries of the world have to deal with new realities that challenge long-established values and beliefs. September 11 caused sea changes in various domains. But, it also [showed] that certain aspects of humanity can never change.

The world should never again have to witness the terror which was unleashed on New York and Washington. And it should move toward eliminating all sorts of conflicts and frustration on which terrorists feed. This is a goal which the use of force alone cannot achieve.

Beyond the horror, anger and frustration that they have provoked, the attacks were a reminder of the urgency of addressing regional crises and finding comprehensive and just solutions to conflicts that have deprived millions of people of their basic … rights.

After the attacks, too many people spoke about an inevitable clash of civilizations, between the West and Islam.

The attacks of September should bring nations together in the common fight against terrorism. It should not push them apart in line with the designs of the terrorists who perpetrated them.


Israel and the Palestinians

AMSTERDAM Ariel Sharon was elected Israel's prime minister in February last year because he promised security in the country and peace with the Palestinians. He has been in power for a year and both promises have fallen to pieces. Israeli civilians are completely unsafe in their own country and peace with the Palestinians is further away than ever.

Both parties are no longer able to end this gruesome deadlock without help or heavy pressure from the outside. Europe is too divided and has insufficient power to put credible pressure on the parties. Unfortunately, there is only one state powerful enough to do this: the United States. But its government doesn't want to, and executes a diverse policy concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

America has to throw its weight in, and force both parties to the negotiation table.

Egyptian Gazette

The United States and Iraq

CAIRO As the Middle East is reeling from a heightened conflict between the Palestinians and Israel, the U.S. is sending increasing signs that it plans to deal a massive strike against Iraq.

A few weeks before Vice President Dick Cheney embarked on his maiden foreign tour, Washington heightened the possibility of going on a military rampage against Iraq.

Although Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has antagonized many inside and outside the region, any action to topple him will set a perilous regional and international precedent. The U.S. has no mandate to reshuffle ruling systems. Who should be in power in Baghdad is definitely the business of no one other than the Iraqis themselves.

With the Palestinians being the target of almost 18 months of Israeli brutality, the Arabs firmly believe the source of turbulence in the region is Israel, not Iraq.

As the region teeters on the brink of disaster, stoking up a fresh crisis by unjustifiably assaulting Iraq is the last thing the fragile Middle East needs.

Straits Times

Washington's nuclear posture

SINGAPORE Assuming that the news report on the Pentagon document is basically true and that, therefore, the United States is planning for a situation in which it might have to use those weapons, the review of its nuclear posture is deeply troublesome.

To give credit where credit is due, it is only the United States that has the wherewithal to make a definite global point today. Other countries must be grateful to it, therefore, when it uses its power to protect the world from terrorism. … However, gratitude must be balanced by concern when its power is transformed into a sense of self-entitlement, a mentality which implies that it has an indisputable right to be Number 1 in the world forever.

The occasions on which it could contemplate the use of nuclear weapons are undoubtedly serious, but putting out a nuclear hate list of countries in advance is unlikely to make the world a safer place for everyone. Instead, those countries may take an interest in making the world less safe for America.

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