- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 14, 2002

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

The Guardian
President Bush and Iraq
LONDON It is not necessary to be a rocket scientist to understand that George Bush and Tony Blair are in trouble over Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. The problem is not military, not yet at least; it is political. Every time the two men pronounce that Saddam Hussein poses an urgent threat, they are asked for their proof. And every time, as again at the weekend at Camp David, they fall back on assertions and claims, suspicions and half-baked half-truths. The International Atomic Energy Authority, for example, has not issued a "new report" (Mr. Bush's words) on revived Iraqi efforts to acquire a nuclear bomb. It has merely published some commercial satellite photos of new construction at WMD-linked sites that were dismantled during previous U.N. inspections. "We have no idea whether it means anything," says an IAEA spokeswoman. The worrying thought is that neither, in all probability, does Mr. Bush. …
And [Mondays] report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, like similar independent and official compendiums before it, is not much help. That Iraq retains elements, possibly deployable, of its pre-1991 biological and chemical weapons stockpile is not in dispute. That it has a few, not very impressive short-range missiles is generally agreed. But that it is any closer to joining the nuclear club than it was in 1998, when the U.N. pulled out, is unsupported by a shred of new evidence. Indeed, the IISS study suggests Saddam may be further away from this goal than he was before the Gulf war began. …

Switzerland joins the U.N.
ZURICH Finally. The fact that Switzerland [joined] the United Nations [on Tuesday] is naturally a very minor event for the world. But for Switzerland it's a big step.
For it will be taking a seat in the General Assembly that as an important financial contributor and active-passive member it has long deserved. The step from observer to member corrects a mistake that was made in 1945. Back then, neutral Switzerland was not welcome in the United Nations. It was seen as a nation that benefited from the war and a suspected Nazi collaborator. …
Now Switzerland is in the United Nations, but it has not yet reached its goal. Having a seat and having a voice are not an end in themselves. The new possibilities offered by full membership must be used to work toward the goals of Swiss foreign policy. To make Swiss entry work toward a peaceful and just world in the United Nations requires additional measures and laws in Switzerland. It requires an increase in development assistance, the expansion of support for peace and a concerted effort to promote human rights and humanitarian law.
Switzerland has experience and proposals to bring the United Nations in these fields. But it must not be continually glancing nervously at its neutrality. It must forge alliances with other countries of good will and make its voice heard clearly especially now, when world peace is in acute danger and a friendly power wants to rise above the law.

The Herald
Honoring September 11 dead
GLASGOW, Scotland … There is much to admire in the U.S. It is a resourceful, energetic, and optimistic country. If it had not been the land of opportunity, there would not have been so many victims of last year's attacks from around the world. At home, it has shown the resilience to recover. It has still to demonstrate it can respond positively in the wider world. Unless it does, sympathy and support will diminish.
A lot of anger is directed at America not because of what it stands for but because it fails to extend freedom and opportunity to peoples whose repressive governments it props up for geopolitical gain. Mr. Bush will not win the war on terror until he addresses that fundamental problem. Failure to do so will merely breed the fanaticism that exploded on the U.S. a year ago.
Mr. Bush has the power to make a difference. If he makes that the priority, the world could be a safer and a better place. What better tribute could there be to the victims of September 11?

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