- The Washington Times - Friday, March 2, 2007

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Aftenposten

U.S. foes gain strength

OSLO — It is not an encouraging situation facing the Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, five and a half years after the terrorist attacks on the United States. …

The most serious is American intelligence, in leaks to U.S. newspapers, saying the al Qaeda terror network is gaining support, training new terrorists, and has restored its command structure. …

Al Qaeda’s old ally in Afghanistan, the Taliban, has also gained strength, five years after the United States attacked training camps there. The Americans see signs of a major spring offensive. …

Even though the picture is not completely clear, it seems the United States is on the defensive in several countries — places where the Americans primarily used the military against terrorism.

In Afghanistan the United States has broad political support for its battle, from the United Nations, from NATO and from Norway. Today, there is internal agreement in the alliance to do more to help civilians in Afghanistan, a change of course that may be too late.

Now it is important to have tight dialogue between allies in Afghanistan, and share information so all can have a clear picture of the situation. … We know such a war [on terrorism] cannot be won by military means alone.

Yomiuri Shimbun

Sanctions against Iran

TOKYO — In December, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution calling for sanctions against Iran and demanding that the Islamic republic suspend its enrichment of uranium and related activities. Although Iran was told to comply within 60 days, it refused to meet the deadline.

As the U.N. resolution warns of additional sanctions if Iran does not comply, the Security Council must hold urgent deliberations to consider new sanctions. It is absolutely imperative the five permanent members work together in this matter, as Iran’s nuclear program is progressing at a rapid pace.

China and Russia were reluctant to introduce strict sanctions against Iran during Security Council deliberations in December. … While Beijing and Moscow do have close economic ties with Tehran, the two permanent Security Council members need to adopt a responsible attitude as major nations to help prevent nuclear proliferation.

Iran continues to demand that a diplomatic solution be found. If Tehran is serious about this, it should take a tangible first step, such as suspending its enrichment of uranium. Doing so may help to ease tensions Iran has caused and provide a major premise on which to base further negotiations.

La Stampa

Exonerating Serbia in Bosnia

TURIN, Italy — The ruling by the International Court of Justice sounds almost like an international mockery. While, on one hand, it legally exonerates Serbia from its responsibility, on the other it does not specify the responsibilities of the self-proclaimed Serbian Republic of Bosnia, whose militias operated under President Radovan Karadzic and Gen. Ratko Mladic. Both are being sought on war-crimes charges by the court and are now most likely hiding in Serbia under the shelter of local authorities.

At this point, we don’t understand who were those who murdered more than eight thousand Bosnian Muslims or where they were from. … We don’t understand the reason why the same court tried late former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic on charges of war crimes for years. … The bloodiest genocide that Europe has witnessed since 1945 is left, so to speak, without an author. …

Never, since the onset of a democratic Europe, has the memory of so many innocent victims been so clearly sacrificed to the altars of international politics.

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