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the Rest of the World Thinks
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What the rest
of the world thinks, continued. In the aftermath of the Iraq disaster
with no so-called "weapons of mass destruction" found
and with the growing loss of life, the Americans are trying to find
some other sucker to support their occupation. If editorials from
major papers around the world are any indication, the Bush administration's
latest candid is going over it like a lead balloon.
these opinions aren't usually exposed to Americans, I'll try to
select some interesting ones that will give us some insight into
how the world's elite think about the bungle in Baghdad. It's telling
that a paper from a nation allied with the US led attacks seems
critical of the mission. Paul Kelly of Sydney's conservative paper
The Australian writes:
the United States, Iraq was a war of choice that is imposing an
unacceptable price on the United States Political system. The
Bush hardliners are trapped- the choice they face is between the
weakly standards logic of more pain to keep US control or the
Colin Powell, Richard Armitige line of cutting a deal to internationalize
post war Iraq"
similar view came from a paper published in the capital of another
member of the so-called "Coalition of the Willing." Madrid's
liberal El Paiz of Sept 4th made its point plainly " The United
States can no longer act alone in post war Iraq, out of convenience
rather than conviction, and without any sign of self-criticism Bush
has decided to turn toward the UN which he had denigrated as irrelevant"
paper The Isa-heshibun of August 31st also didn't mince words "We
believe the time is right for the United States and Britain to recognize
the failure of the occupation strategy to date and speed up the
process of forming a new government run by the Iraqi's themselves"
From Paris came
a question that surely resonated worldwide. Charles Lambroshini
writing in the conservative Le Figaro of September 5th asked "Why
should France spill her soldier's blood and sacrifice its diplomatic
credibility simply to guarantee the re-election of George W. Bush?
The reality is that the US having failed in its post-war planning
is only trying to make others share a burden it finds increasingly
owned Swahili-language newspaper En dere Salam Magera of August
29th offered the following opinions scripted by Majid Enjuenga
"The ability of the United States to win a military war against
Sadaam was not in doubt, but the ability of the United States to
restore peace in Iraq was a different matter all together."
is under the rule of the army that won the war against it, but the
country is still not peaceful. Egyptian journalist Salaama Ama-Salaama
writes in the Cairo Daily Alaran , September 4th that the occupation
is failing : "Many observers believe that security in Iraq
will not be achieved until the UN is given a mandate to supervise
the phase of political transition. This is something the American
administration seems belatedly; to be beginning to comprehend as
the occupying forces increasingly lose their grip on Iraq and violence
and terrorism escalate under the rule of Paul Bremmer"
daily El Tiempo of September 3rd seems to echo Spain's view as expressed
by Victor Manuel Vargas "The call for UN Help comes from the
same president George W. Bush who a year ago, referred to this organization
as 'an irrelevant debating society' the explanation of such irony
can be summarized in the form of a classified ad: "Super-power
in trouble seeks endorsement of prestigious international organization
to turn its military occupation into a reconstruction operation
and a multi-national peace effort"
Independent Weekly:The East African of August 25th-31st, editorial
writer El Mufoni Wanyeke wrote: "Only a new resolution by the
UN security council establishing a multi-lateral force would firmly
address the current security situation in Iraq. Such a resolution
would establish a mandate that goes beyond the use of the UN to
prop up the American and British troops and deal with the humanitarian
disaster enhanced by the illegal war."
Those are some
of the thoughts from some of the leading newspapers in the world,
almost all of them critical of the Bush adventure in Iraq. The administration
received little support before the war from the international community;
its conduct on the world stage has hardly attracted more support
form the post-war effort. The world knows what it sees and it doesn't
like it. It recognizes it, the shadow of colonialism.
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