- The Washington Times - Friday, August 13, 2004

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

London Daily Telegraph

Musharraf’s claim of success is premature

LONDON — Information from terrorist suspects arrested by the Pakistanis in recent weeks has provoked dramatic counter-measures in America and Britain.

Potential targets in New York, Washington and Newark, N.J., have been subjected to their highest level of security since September 11, 2001. …

On the basis of these arrests, President Pervez Musharraf can claim to be playing a key role in the fight against global terror. …

The fact that Gen. Musharraf was the object of two assassination attempts last December, and that his prime minister-designate, Shaukat Aziz, was targeted only last week, indicates that the terrorists consider the government a formidable obstacle to their goals.

Yet the president’s claim of success is, surely, premature. Significant arrests may have been made, but Pakistan remains a hotbed of Islamic radicalism, stoked notably by the madrassas, or religious schools, whose power the general has singularly failed to curb.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

West’s mistakes are pretext for terrorists

FRANKFURT — If only foreigners completely kept out of Iraqi, or Middle East, affairs, there would be no more terrorism in the region.

That is what some people might think in the light of the daily news of kidnappings and beheadings, threatened and carried out, in Iraq or Saudi Arabia.

There is certainly some room for criticism of American policy in the Middle East, particularly as regards Iraq and Israel.

But the kidnapping and killing of Muslim workers in Iraq shows that Western intervention or political mistakes merely serve as a pretext for some terrorists.

They don’t like the policies practiced by Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia.

They have exclusive ideas of an “Islamic policy” with a claim to infallibility.

New Zealand Herald

West falls short on helping Darfurians

WELLINGTON — How much longer is the West going to stand by and look on while a humanitarian crisis involving hundreds of thousands of people unfolds in Darfur in western Sudan? …

To date, some 50,000 African villagers are thought to have died and up to a million displaced by the activities of government-backed Janjaweed Arab fighters. As the rains now threaten, and disease and starvation take hold, a real humanitarian crisis is in the making.

Yet what is our response in the West? A total of three helicopters provided by the Dutch and a few hundred French soldiers from France’s military contingent in Chad diverted to … the refugee camps. …

That, and the millions in donations given by ordinary people to the aid agencies, seems to be the total response of the rich to the poor.

Daily Nation, Kenya

Three drugs removed from WHO’s AIDS list

NAIROBI — The lives of more than 40,000 people in East Africa hang in the balance, following removal of three generic antiretrovirals from the World Health Organization’s list of drugs.

This decision will have far-reaching implications for the control of HIV/AIDS in Africa, the continent that bears the brunt of this scourge.

While many will appreciate the need for antiretrovirals to conform to internationally accepted standards, it is equally important that HIV/AIDS patients should access these life-prolonging drugs at reasonable cost.

The inclusion of nevirapine, the drug of choice for stopping mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, is particularly disturbing, given the important role it plays in protecting children born of HIV-infected mothers.

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