- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2006

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:


Publishing intelligence

COPENHAGEN — The editor in chief and two journalists at the [Danish newspaper] Berlingske Tidende faced demands this week that they be jailed for doing their jobs.

The prosecution believes, in earnest, that they should serve four months in jail for smearing the reputation of the intelligence service.

Their argument is over a former intelligence officer giving them information about the service’s threat assessments. The sentence [of four months in jail] handed down to the Danish Defense Intelligence Service major was very harsh. Admittedly, he may have violated his oath of confidentiality, but the leak did no harm to national security nor endanger Danish troops abroad.

And no one can deny that the debate about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction — or the lack of these arms — was of major public interest. …

Berlingske Tidende’s journalists and editors have committed no sin. On the contrary, they did exactly what the press was born to do: Make relevant information available to the public.

Asahi Shimbun

Bluefin tuna quotas

TOKYO — Tuna may feature less frequently on Japanese dinner tables in years to come, following a decision by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas to reduce bluefin tuna fishing quotas.

There seems to be no question that the world’s tuna resources are diminishing as a result of global overfishing. To preserve tuna stocks, there is only one course of action: Conserve the resources, even if that entails sacrifice.

Demand for tuna and other seafood is growing around the world. The recent increases in tuna prices owe to these global demand increases.

Tuna fishing nations are today spread across Europe, Latin America and Asia. Efforts at conservation by Japan alone will have little effect. There must be international restrictions on fishing, and each nation must observe them.

The world’s five regional tuna fishing management organizations will hold their first joint conference in Japan in January. It will be Japan’s responsibility as the world’s leading tuna consumer nation to take the initiative and propose effective regulatory measures.

La Stampa

Papal visit to Turkey

TURIN, Italy — [Turkey] is one of those sensitive areas where the smallest of divisions can generate an earthquake, where even slight friction dangerously overheats the tectonic plates, but where it is also possible to create bridges, trade in merchandise and thoughts. …

It is there that Benedict XVI will have the possibility to reaffirm in front of Christian counterparts of other denominations, Muslims and secular people of different leanings what the papal teachings of the last 40 years never tired of repeating: A coexistence based on peace and dialogue is possible because there can be “no violence in the name of God” and “faith in God, Creator of the universe and Father of all, cannot but promote between men relations of universal brotherhood.”

Khaleej Times

King Abdullah’s warning

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — There is considerable weight in Jordanian King Abdullah’s grim warning that failing “urgent action” from the international community, there is likelihood of three civil wars breaking out in the Middle East by 2007. Considering ongoing trends, it is difficult to deny that conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories show more signs of spinning out of control than they do of calming anytime soon. …

It is important to note that with realities on the ground, international opinion and domestic ratings mounting against Abdullah, coupled with the fact that Washington’s war against terrorism has made international terrorism stronger in many ways, President Bush will find it difficult to shrug off the Palestine issue. King Abdullah has hit the nail on the head by asserting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the central issue behind the volatility in the region.

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