- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 25, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:
Jordan Times
Exiled Palestinian militants
AMMAN, Jordan The dilemma of the 13 Palestinians deported to Cyprus under the deal that ended the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity represents yet another tragic episode in the decades-long suffering of Palestinians at the hands of the last colonizing power in the world.
Those Palestinians' destiny is no different from thousands of their kin whose lives have been shattered by occupation. But like hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, their eyes will remain on their homeland. And like it has been evident for all who care to see, their deportation will prolong the Arab-Israeli conflict and keep bitterness and enmity alive. It will not help the cause of peace.
The [European Union] foreign ministers and the rest of the international community should not be deceived into believing that the tragedy of the deportees will end once they are "dispersed" to their new exiles. The problem will persist until they are repatriated to their homeland and for as long as the root cause of all the evil in the Middle East remains: That is the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The Guardian
India and Pakistan
LONDON The latest escalation in tension, including armed clashes, between India and Pakistan has its roots in the long-running failure to resolve the dispute over Kashmir. There are, of course, other contributing failures. The two countries have never managed to build a functional relationship since partition in 1947. Both nations harbor ugly prejudices that have been habitually exploited by Hindu chauvinists and Muslim zealots. There are economic tensions and disputes over natural resources. The two sides need to talk, not fight; they really do need a neutral mediator; and they both need to remember that for Kashmir all Kashmir the ultimate goal must be self-determination, as set out more half a century ago by the [United Nations].
Asahi Shimbun
U.S.-Russia arms accord
TOKYO The United States and Russia have agreed to a two-thirds cut in nuclear warhead deployment. President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to sign the treaty in Moscow later this week.
The pact is certainly another reflection of the cooperative relationship built in the past decade between the United States and Russia. But it does not address the question of why the nuclear superpowers need such massive nuclear arsenals when they are no longer in Cold War confrontation.
When Bush announced the United States would withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which he thinks is a major obstacle to the deployment of a missile defense system, he said the balance of terror between nuclear superpowers was a thing of the past.
Volkskrant
Bush's European trip
AMSTERDAM President Bush has long been able to count on European support for the war against terrorism. But the feeling of solidarity after the September 11 attacks is wearing off. Even at home, Bush is no longer beyond criticism. The Democrats have doubts whether the president responded adequately to warnings in July and August, including one from the FBI.
In Europe, Bush had already lost his aura as an untouchable leader. Distrust has grown in recent months. The European allies see an American shift to unilateralism, while Americans see the Europeans as an unwilling partner in the war on terror.
According to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the anti-European sentiment in America mirrors an anti-American sentiment in Europe.
The Cape Times
Subsidized U.S. farmers
CAPE TOWN, South Africa President Bush loses no opportunity to extol the virtues of the free market. How then could he have signed into law a piece of legislation that will see American farmers be subsidized to the tune of $190 billion over 10 years?
The obvious logic behind Bush's move is that, as is so often the case, political pressures at home outweighed taking what broader considerations would have suggested was the honorable route. If he wanted to secure the Senate for the Republican Party, Bush had to pander to the politically important farming states. And he appears to have done so.



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