- The Washington Times - Friday, November 19, 2004

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Kenya Times

Yasser Arafat’s legacy

NAIROBI — As United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan remarked [on Oct. 11], a most befitting legacy for the fallen Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would be a more resolute resolve to bring peace between the people of Palestine and Israel.

Arafat ironically fought for the creation of a Palestinian state, initially through use of terror (but so did the founders of modern Israel, Menachem Begin, Yitshzak Shamir et al.) before he belatedly realized its futility, in part because of the fallacy that to create Palestine would necessarily mean the destruction of Israel. …

Those with leverage to push for peace must strive to do so with more conviction. The ruse the Bush administration so self-righteously stuck to at the apparent prompting by Arial Sharon that Israel had no partner for peace in Arafat was blatant and willfully used to derail the “road map” that would have led to the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel by next year. Yes, let Tony Blair nudge Bush to be more balanced in the quest for justice and security, not just for Israel but for everybody in that troubled region.

Irish Times

Margaret Hassan’s murder

DUBLIN — … [CARE International’s Baghdad director] Margaret Hassan’s brother and sisters yesterday summed up their anger and horror at the news that she has been murdered by those who captured her Oct. 19.

She stood for solidarity and fraternity between peoples and religions and practiced her beliefs in the most extraordinary way, by bringing electricity and water supplies to hospitals until the moment of her kidnap. Her death symbolizes all the failures of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and how urgent it is to resolve the conflict.

Her family’s feelings will be shared all over the world, including this country, where the realization that she was a citizen of Ireland, as of Britain and Iraq, reinforced identification with the war’s many victims. … The fact that she worked on aid projects for 30 years in Iraq, helping an estimated 17 million of its people over that time, and vehemently opposed United Nations sanctions and the U.S.-led invasion last year, makes her death more heartbreaking. …

Her kidnappers called for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and women prisoners released there, in a clear attempt to affect public consciousness about the war there by raising demands that were impossible to meet. It is appalling that such a remarkably good woman should have become so involved and that her kidnappers should have so callously disregarded the moving appeals for her release by her husband, Tashen Ali Hassan. …

Asahi Shimbun

Iran’s nuclear deal

TOKYO — Many observers believe Iran will never give up its hope of developing nuclear weapons. Israel possesses nuclear arms, they point out. U.S. troops are stationed in two of Iran’s neighbors — Iraq and Afghanistan. Skeptics argue this security environment inevitably convinces Iran that becoming a nuclear power itself is the only means to ensure its security.

Iran, however, must never try to use the latest agreement for buying time. It should faithfully comply with the terms of the deal and abandon all nuclear efforts other than the ones for peace. Tehran has said the suspension of uranium enrichment will only be temporary. But the country should try to regain the trust of the international community by freezing for a long period all the activities that could lead to the development of atomic bombs.

There are many reasons why a diplomatic solution to the issue is so important. First, referring the case to the Security Council, as Washington calls for, would not improve the prospect of an early settlement. …

The only realistic choice for the international community is try to talk Iran into discarding its efforts to develop nuclear arms, using various rewards, such as support for the country’s peaceful nuclear program. It is also necessary to urge the Bush administration to restrain itself.

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