September 14, 2004
THREE YEARS AFTER 9/11: MIXED REVIEWS FOR WAR ON TERROR
** Three years after 9/11,
most media see "neither more security nor less terrorism."
** Right-leaning outlets
hail "aggressive" anti-terror war; critics say it is "spreading
** Islamic press fears
successive waves of U.S. "revenge" against Muslims.
'The day the world changed'--
Global dailies recalled the 9/11 attacks as "the defining event of
our time" that launched "an era of enduring upset and
insecurity." Analysts termed this
9/11-era "hyper-terrorism" notably ferocious and "nihilistic." Many European writers averred that "the
declaration of war of the Islamic Jihad on Western civilization" was a
direct challenge to the very "values and rights that make up" the
West. Combating terrorism will require a
"unified strategy" and "the same resolve...and persistence"
demonstrated during the Cold War.
"Nations from around the world must show patience and cooperation
in containing terrorism," said Japan's conservative Sankei.
Terrorism 'growing stronger with every day'-- In assessing the situation since 9/11, most
papers concluded the U.S. and its allies "have had successes," such
as the toppling of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein. They also contended, however, that terrorism,
as demonstrated by recent attacks in Russia, Indonesia and Iraq, remains
"a great and growing global menace."
A majority of commentators criticized the U.S. invasion of Iraq, stating
that the war and its aftermath have "increased the terrorist
risk." Qatar's semi-official Gulf
Times called the war a "distraction that has drawn resources away from
the threat posed by al-Qaida" while Mexico's El Financiero said it
had "prompted the radicalization of Muslim nationalist, religious, and
ethnic movements." European critics
faulted President Bush for weakening transatlantic ties by pursuing "a new
form of unilateral imperialism."
Britain's conservative Times, in contrast, spoke for the minority
view that as long as there are "rogue states" tempted to give
terrorists aid, such as Iraq, "we have no choice but to fight."
'A gift to the Zionist cause'--
Editorialists in the Islamic world charged that a "berserk"
America "decided that Muslims and Arabs must be punished" for
9/11. The attacks "united everybody
in a war against terrorism," noted Saudi Arabia's moderate Al-Watan,
but "unfortunately, this war was launched against Arabs and
Muslims." Muslim writers lamented
that "the image of Islam has also been damaged" by its identification
with terror and as a result the Islamic world "finds itself like scorched
earth." A few, like Jordan's influential
Al-Dustour, insisted the war on terror is "part of the plan to take
control of the world, to steal its oil and riches, and to put all the people
under Israel’s control." But some
Islamic voices were more reflective, noting "the fact is that vicious
murderers are being produced" in Muslim populations; Algeria's
French-language El Watan named Saudi Arabia "the cause of all this
evil" due to its support of Wahabbism, which preaches "intolerance,
hate, and disrespect for others."
Prepared by Media Reaction Branch (202) 203-7888,
EDITOR: Steven Wangsness
EDITOR'S NOTE: Media
Reaction reporting conveys the spectrum of foreign press sentiment. Posts select commentary to provide a
representative picture of local editorial opinion. Some commentary is taken directly from the
Internet. This report summarizes and
interprets foreign editorial opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views
of the U.S. Government. This analysis
was based on 100 reports from 57 countries September 4 - 14, 2004. Editorial excerpts are listed from the most
BRITAIN: "When War Is
The conservative Times argued (9/12): "Three years on the reciting of the
names of the 2,749 New York victims reminded us of the sheer scale of the human
loss.... Those attacks marked the start
of the war on terror, a war that is likely to go on for many years. It also
marked a profound shift in American foreign policy, making it willing to
intervene more aggressively than at any time for a generation. The result has been the destruction of the
Taliban regime in Afghanistan, which gave succor to Usama Bin Laden and
al-Qaida, and the violent overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The anniversary has inevitably provoked
another bout of soul-searching. On one
side are the critics who argue that the United States, with Britain in tow, has
been dancing to Usama bin Laden's tune.
He knew the September 11 attacks would provoke a military response and
deepen divisions between the Muslim world and the West. He also calculated that al-Qaida was
incapable of being destroyed by force....
But there will still remain a body of fanatics whose hatred of the West
cannot be satisfied by any political solution.
They will seek any means to strike us, the deadlier the better. And while there are rogue states tempted to
give them aid, we have no choice but to fight.
The critics can carp. But think
how loudly they would be wailing had Washington retreated into fortress
"Everything And Nothing Has Changed"
The center-left Independent had this view (9/11): "Today it seems not a mere three years,
but an age ago.... Now, more than ever,
the event appears a watershed between eras.
Finally, we understood that the enemy of our comfortable Western
societies was not a long discredited communism, but a desperate militant Islam,
the perverted by-product of the failings within the Arab world, and its humiliations
from without. So began America's 'war
against terror.' Events tumbled one
after the other.... Quickly, the U.S.
gave the lie to Afghanistan's reputation as a humbler of foreign empires. Next up was Saddam Hussein, whom Washington
had determined to remove for reasons still not satisfactorily explained. In less than 18 months, President Bush
achieved the remarkable feat of squandering all the post-11 September goodwill
for the U.S., and making his country more detested abroad than at any time in
its modern history. But it didn't seem
to matter, as the president rode roughshod over the United Nations and world
opinion, ordering an invasion that conquered Baghdad in exactly three weeks.... As we know all too well, post-war Iraq has
been a disaster.... Mr. Bush proclaims that his actions since 11 September 2001
have made America and the world safer.
But the opposite is surely true.
Islamic terrorists have not launched a subsequent attack on U.S.
soil.... But the taunts of al-Zawahri
remind the world that Osama bin Laden, America's public enemy No. 1, no longer
mentioned by the president, is still at large.
There is hardly a counterterrorist specialist who does not believe that
the invasion of Iraq has increased the terrorist risk. Yes, existing terrorists are captured. But the occupation has fueled resentment of
America throughout the region. New
terrorists are recruited; new groups coalesce across the Islamic world. In that sense, we are back to 10 September
2001.... For all his swaggering campaign
rhetoric, the president must realize that the U.S. needs to rebuild the
diplomatic and emotional bridges it has burned, in Europe and beyond. Alas, sympathy so rashly squandered will not
be easily regained."
"Unite Against The Common Enemy"
The independent Financial Times editorialized (9/11): "Today has rightly become a kind of
remembrance day for the victims of that modern scourge of war--terrorism. But proper commemoration of it is distracted
by the massive and tragic sideshow in Iraq and the increasingly poisonous U.S.
presidential campaign over the war on terror.
It is therefore important to think back three years ago to the al-Qaida
attacks on New York and Washington, to the horror of the world's worst
terrorist incident, to America's unanimous determination to fight back and to
the near-unanimous support the world then gave it to do so. Much has happened since to divide the U.S.
from its allies and friends and Americans among themselves. But if that original unity of purpose could be
regained, the conduct of the war on terrorism could be greatly improved. The balance sheet is not wholly
negative. No attacks have been carried
out in the U.S. since September 2001, and some elsewhere appear to have been
thwarted.... In the past three years, however, there has been a clear shift to
attacks on Western targets in Muslim countries.... However, the possibility that al-Qaida has
turned to softer targets elsewhere gives the U.S. and its closest allies no
room for complacency.... Foreign countries
have given the U.S. good intelligence cooperation but been often irritated by
the U.S. failure to strike the right balance between imposing reasonable
security measures and accepting reasonable risks. Controls on people entering the U.S. have
often been too heavy-handed, while those on cargo arguably too lax. Only recently, too, has the U.S. Supreme
Court moved to assuage domestic and foreign concerns about civil
liberties. In the end, if the U.S. is to
get its war on terror back on track, it needs to shed its deeply distracting
role in Iraq, where it has fomented a violent Islamic fundamentalism that did
not exist before. And in the even
shorter term, its two presidential candidates need to stop swapping low blows
over the war on terror. Mr. Bush, and
particularly his running mate, Dick Cheney, bear most of the blame. But when Mr. Bush has made a half-way
sensible remark, such as this week when he confessed this war might not be won
in any conventional way, his Democratic rival attacked him for weakness. This issue is too important to be so
"The Likud Doctrine"
Columnist Naomi Klein commented in the left-of-center Guardian
(9/10): "Common wisdom has it that
after 9/11, a new era of geopolitics was ushered in, defined by what is usually
called the Bush doctrine: pre-emptive
wars, attacks on terrorist infrastructure (read: entire countries), an insistence that all the
enemy understands is force. In fact, it
would be more accurate to call this rigid worldview the Likud doctrine. What happened on September 11, 2001 is that
the Likud doctrine, previously targeted against Palestinians, was picked up by
the most powerful nation on earth and applied on a global scale. Call it the Likudization of the world: the real legacy of 9/11.... And now the Likudization narrative has spread
FRANCE: "The Chaos
Bruno Frappat opined in Catholic La Croix (9/13): “On November 2 the Americans will have
elected their president. From now till
then it is to be feared that peace in the world will not have made much
progress. For weeks now, on all fronts
where the U.S. is engaged, directly or indirectly, chaos is growing. The deadly violence which some call
‘terrorism’ and others ‘resistance’ is the uninvited guest of the U.S. presidential
election. In Afghanistan, the Taliban
appear to have found a second wind....
Saddam’s followers are mounting anti-American attacks in the heart of
Baghdad.... Hostages are being taken and
attacks continue throughout Iraq.... A
deadly punishment was inflicted in Jakarta on the Australians for their support
of the U.S. in Iraq. Even the attack in
Beslan seems to be an attack not on Russia as the ally in the war on Iraq but
on the objective ally in the war against terrorism.... Three years after 9/11 the confirmation is
here that the fateful date was indeed a beginning: the beginning of an era of enduring upset and
insecurity, without identifiable enemies.
What do the terrorists have in mind for the U.S.? The result of the election is of no
importance for them: terrorism is
opportunistic in nature.... Its only
‘vote’ is for more deaths.”
"Three Years Later"
Senior editorialist Jean-Marie Colombani editorialized in
left-of-center Le Monde (9/11):
"Three years after the fateful date of September 11, 2001, the
world seems to be keeping the ‘promises’ of those who want to spread their
control over the Muslim world through terror and regression.... The ‘coalition’ is in Baghdad for all the
wrong reason...and under President Bush’s command it is triggering
chaos.... Three years after Bush
declared war on terror, Putin is doing the same.... We must absolutely try to decipher the
outlines of the world Bush and Putin are preparing. Their reactions will largely determine the
fate of our democracies. Yet, with the
complicity of most European leaders, the Russian and American presidents are
making a mistake and misleading public opinion.... It is as if both men were reducing
international affairs to the war on international terrorism.... Fighting terrorism is an absolute
necessity.... But many conflicts sit
outside the realm of ‘international terrorism.’
Still, it is easier to formulate slogans than to define policies.... Since 9/11 we know that radical Islamists
find their motivation in a visceral hate for democracy. Once this has been ascertained, there is the
need to define policies that might reduce those conflicts...albeit
minimally--which Islamic terrorism likes to exploit.... What we have to fear from a world according
to Bush and Putin is the implementation of a self-fulfilling prophecy.... Any global, simplistic and uniform vision of
terrorism that identifies it to a religion or a culture is playing into the
hands of terrorism.... Fighting
terrorism is first and foremost trying to resolve the problems exploited by the
Harald Martenstein commented in centrist Der Tagesspiegel
of Berlin (9/11): "Our way of life
has changed on September 11, 2001....
The Patriot Act limited liberties in the U.S., a prison was built in
Guantánamo that ridicules democratic principles and a war was waged on reasons
nobody would have accepted before 9/11.
In Germany we changed our mind on issues such as data protection,
bugging and headscarves. We are
suspicious of our Muslim neighbors and they distrust us. We have a new enemy: men with beards and headgear. Of course, we must defend ourselves. The terrorist threat is no hallucination, but
it is reality. Fear can be fertile, but
it must not blind us or make us hysterical.
The world has become less free since 9/11--this is a success of
terrorists, who hate freedom. The more
we reduce our freedom out of fear the more we help them. We must force ourselves to stay calm. Relaxation is no weakness. On the contrary, those who go wild are
weak.... Terrorists have deliberately
chosen New York for their attacks, because it is a symbol of freedom, which
fanatics see as sin. Every step towards
prisons and wars that violate laws is a step closer to terrorists. That is the way the would like us to
Center-right Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung of Essen
editorialized (9/11): "Europe has
never fully grasped how much 9/11 changed America and how much it has redefined
U.S. politics, what impact it had on the Iraq debate, despite the fact that
Saddam had nothing to do with the al-Qaida attacks. The state of shock is enduring. We could claim that the media and politicians
fueled the people's fears, and that the Bush administration in particular is
trying to preserve this feeling by permanently speaking of terrorism. This is correct without any doubt, although
the media, politicians and the Bush government are just serving emotions and
needs, which people have anyway. It is
this interaction of shock and facts that can explain the collective
"Three Lessons From 9/11"
Bassam Tibi opined in an editorial in business daily Financial
Times Deutschland of Hamburg (9/9):
"The 9/11 attacks happened three years ago. It is time to learn the lessons following the
declaration of war of the Islamic Jihad on Western civilization that was
renewed on March 11 this year in Madrid.
The first lesson is based on the fact that al-Qaida not only continues
to exist but has also restored its clout....
The situation of the West is precarious and it is morally powerless in
the war against the Jihad terrorism. On
the one hand, Europe must defend itself and is not allowed to react with
Christian values by offering the second cheek.
On the other hand, it should not underestimate the effects of the
propaganda war, since Muslims in Europe are mainly socially marginalized
population groups in Europe.... The
third lesson is [that in] this...irregular war in which the enemy is not
visible...[there] are no clear fronts and nobody knows when and where the enemy
strikes.... This forces us to rethink
our security policy.... The elimination
of Saddam's regime has not made the world safer but achieved the opposite. Jihadism that was weakened in Afghanistan has
become stronger after the Iraq war, and its propaganda goes down well. That is why the lesson for politicians and
strategists is: it is necessary to
change security policy, not regimes."
ITALY: "Two Wars, Tens
Of Thousands Of Dead And Bush Says:
We’re Still Not Safe"
Bruno Marolo noted in pro-democratic left party (DS) daily L’Unità
(9/12): “The September 11 commemorations
are the latest example of naïveté. The
White House announced that Bush would suspend rallies for two days. On the anniversary of the tragedy, he was set
to speak as president and not as candidate.
Kerry immediately accepted the truce and left for Boston. Bush then played the ace he had up his
sleeve. Instead of taping his usual
Saturday radio message...he invited a group of 9/11 survivors to the Oval
Office.... The speech, which was
broadcast by all national radio and TV stations, was a shameless electoral
"The Divided West And History’s Lesson"
Lucio Caracciolo commented in left-leaning, influential La
Repubblica (9/11): “The paradox of
9/11 is that it divided rather than united us.... Once the presidential campaign is over, America
should concentrate on analyzing the tremendous mistakes made in Iraq, and that
Bush even partially admitted--mistakes which contributed to expanding the
Atlantic rift, to strengthening anti-Americanism practically everywhere, and in
making America less safe. We Italians
and Europeans should reflect on our repulsion for the war, which shouldn’t mean
the rejection of self-defense in light of an attack. Terrorists are not moved by pacifism. If
anything it irritates them and makes them more ferocious.”
"Islam: Lack Of
Dialogue, Global Terrorism"
Igor Man opined in centrist, influential daily La Stampa
(9/10): “Where do we go from
here? It would be despicable to abandon
the Americans (who saved us from Nazism-fascism), and in any case it wouldn’t
serve any purpose. Given the way things
stand, the United States should face reality:
global terrorism...cannot be defeated with even the most sophisticated
weapons. This is a different war that
makes nuclear arms look ridiculous. The
only way to win this war is through a shared plan of intelligence, a unified
strategy that includes the continuous study of Muslims and Islamists who hate
us because they haven’t forgotten about colonialism. We need to implement a concerted policy with
wisdom and caution and to open a dialogue with Muslims.”
RUSSIA: "Tragedy As
Stimulus To Rally Nation"
Boris Volkhonskiy commented in business-oriented Kommersant
(9/13): "Practically no one in the
United States cares about how security has been insured. All that matters is that there have been no
terrorist acts in the country in the last three years. So, addressing the U.S. president's critics,
I'd suggest that they restrain their ardor.
The way he is acting under the circumstances is how a strong leader of a
strong nation should."
"Moscow Not Free To Act On Its Own"
Andrey Ryabov contended in reformist Gazeta (9/13): "If Moscow should strike Chechen
terrorist bases abroad, it would have to identify with Israel and stop
criticizing it. Also, that would shift
the terrorists' focus to Russia, inviting more attacks from the international
terrorist alliance. Given the current
level of security, more problems would arise with political stability inside
the country.... Eliminating Chechen
terrorist leaders abroad and those of the Islamic world who sponsor terrorism
in Russia would hardly be very effective, either.... Neither Arab countries nor the United States
will let Russia act on its own as far as the leaders of terrorist organizations
are concerned. Moscow, we must admit
this, cannot hope for sympathy, less so support, from partners in the
"Who Is A Terrorist?"
Andrey Zlobin said in reformist Vremya Novostey
(9/10): "The American and British
on the one hand and the Russians on the other differ on the term of
'terrorist.' Moscow uses that word for
Chechens Zakayev, a resident of Britain, and Akhmadov, a resident of the United
States. Now what if Russia decides to
strike those two guys?"
AUSTRIA: "America And
Foreign affairs writer Christoph Winder wrote in liberal daily Der
Standard (9/13): "Three years
after the attacks, Americans have still not found an answer to the big question
posed by 9/11. Or to be more
precise: they've come up with a load of
answers, contradictory to such an extent that they create confusion, instead of
clarity.... It's pretty clear who's calling
the shots in the run-up to the U.S. presidential elections, with terror being
at the top of the list. Fear is a
massive political motivating force, and this being an election year, it is
playing into the hands of a government that keeps its citizens busy with
unfathomable ups and downs on the terror threat color scheme, and by starting a
war that still has us guessing how exactly it is supposed to have made America
safer. Still, as the nation's leading
warrior in the fight against terror, George W. Bush has put himself in a prime
position. Many Americans have bought
into the message that he's the one to protect them from terrorism.... In the long run, however, Americans will have
to come to grips with the fact that there is no absolute protection against
terror, and that every attempt at establishing such absolutes contains the
inherent danger of a deadly blow to the foundations of a free society."
BELGIUM: "9/11, Three
Foreign editor Jean Vanempten opined in independent financial daily
De Tijd (9/11): "Bush
remains fully convinced that his reaction to 9/11 was the only right one. That reaction was blunt: two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Terrorism was fought with modern wars, with
devastating violence and an unknown number of civilians killed, including
innocent victims. The American reaction
and the wars divided the world deeply.
But, terrorism did not decrease.
Since 9/11, the number of victims of international terrorism has grown,
not dwindled. It has recently become
clear in a terrible manner: first with
the mad massacre in Beslan, and later, with the attack in Jakarta. Since that Tuesday in 2001, the list has
become long, very long... With the
invasion of Iraq in 2003, the United States lost a lot of the credit and sympathy
that it had won after 9/11.... The
geo-political strategy cannot prevent terrorism from spreading further and
further. With the killing of children in
Beslan a new frightening threshold has been crossed. Despite bold words the war against terrorism--local
and international--has made barely any progress."
"We Were All American"
Catherine Dehay noted in Catholic Vers
L'Avenir (9/11): "On September
11, 2001, we were all American, revolted and sickened at the sight of the World
Trade and Pentagon ruins. Three years
and two wars later, the wound still hurts and the Islamic threat remains
real. Usama bin Laden is still on the
run and al-Qaida has retained its capacity to slaughter innocent civilians
throughout the world.... Unfortunately,
the incredible burst of solidarity around a wounded America smashed into pieces
with the invasion of Iraq in the name of the fight against terrorism. The mess that Bush and his administration
have created in Iraq has generated an increasing distrust of the American superpower.... Rarely has a U.S. president aroused so much
resentment. It is the result of the
inconsistencies of his foreign policy, which has too often been motivated by
U.S. interests only, even sometimes in defiance of international law and of the
rules of universal morality."
"Scalpel, Not Bludgeon"
Military correspondent Fran Visnar remarked in Zagreb-based,
government-owned Vjesnik (9/9):
“Under the Bush doctrine, America is defending itself in Afghanistan’s
and Pakistan’s mountains, in insurgent neighborhoods of Baghdad, Fallujah and
Najaf. Such American measures and
reactions against al-Qaida have endangered other countries as well. Bin Laden’s pushed back ‘network’ has become
even more dangerous and has attracted new supporters and sympathizers. Those who are fighting such terrorism are
making progress at a snail’s pace.
Because only with intelligent professionals can state violence be a
precise instrument and a means of deterrence--a scalpel, and not a bludgeon.”
CZECH REPUBLIC: "The
End of Euphoria: September 11,
Ivan Gabal opined in the leading, centrist daily MF Dnes
(9/10): "The decade of euphoria
[after the end of the Cold War] definitely ended on September 11, 2001. Since then many people have died who relied
on UN guarantees and the value of human rights in the Western world, but who
turned out to be terribly wrong....
After three years, we neither have more security nor less
terrorism. We have more powerful
security forces and weaker international diplomacy and international
organizations. But did we have any other
option or alternative?... On the other
hand, the terrorists' flank has undoubtedly shrunk.... We do not have comparable military power to
the Americans, but...we must seek synergies in all security fields, from the EU
warrant, through qualified and competent intelligence cooperation to
specialized military capabilities. If
the Americans, who still bear the biggest burden, will be able to soften and
even prevent most serious threats, then it is up to us [Europeans] to be able
to find the deeper political causes of terrorism mainly in the Islamic world,
and not only verbally but by deeds."
Petra Prochazkova argued in the center-right daily Lidove
Noviny (9/10): "The notion that the Russian army has acquired the
right to play a role as the world's policeman and plans to bomb terrorist camps
anywhere in the world is horrifying....
Unless these big words...were only meant to placate the Russian
public.... For citizens of all other
countries, the return of Russians to their old practice would mean only
"World War Three"
Pavel Verner editorialized in the center-left daily Pravo
(9/10): "If countries manage to unite in pursuing terrorists, they will be
able to win the war [on terrorism] in the end.... But at the same time, I am afraid that at the
same time the death bell is tolling for the type of democracy which our part of
world enjoys right now.... It is obvious
that a democratic country with free movement of people across borders, for life
almost without control by the state, and with freedom for each individual, is a
very easy target for terrorist attacks."
DENMARK: "War Of
Center-right Berlingske Tidende editorialized (9/11): “Today, it is three years since the 9/11
attacks. Three years since the world
turned its attention to fighting terrorism.
During the intervening period we have had to admit that it is possible
to be more specific than just terrorism--we are fighting Islamic terrorism.”
Former SDP Minister of Defense Hans Hækkerup commented in
center-right Jyllands-Posten (9/11):
“It would seem fitting if some of the countries who were critical of the
war against terror and have advocated a role for the United Nations were
willing to contribute UN troops. But,
they don’t seem to be particularly forthcoming.
Some people would call this hypocrisy.”
"A Planet Kept Hostage To Blind Violence"
The lead editorial of Ethnos read (9/5): “It is self-understood that the way to deal
with, or even contain terrorism, does not lie in adventure operations--like
those against Afghanistan, or Iraq--which allegedly were aimed at eradicating
terrorist networks, while the only thing they have achieved is to feed and
reproduce terrorism.... The answer to
the biggest problem facing the world today, terrorism, will be given only if we
eradicate the causes that allow some fanatic to recruit members from among the
millions of those who are weak and oppressed, and who express their desperation
through blind and raw violence. Nothing
more, nothing less than that.”
Right-wing conservative daily Magyar Nemzet editorialized
(9/4): "Who and how will guarantee
that there is not going to be another terrorist attack against the United
States? It will most probably be the
most important question in November.
Only a person fully aware of the core of
[this question] can guarantee security."
Of A Tragedy"
The center-right, populist Irish Independent editorialized
(9/11): “The fact is that international
terrorism, much of it rooted in Islamic extremism, seems to be getting worse by
the day.... But the last three years
following September 11 are not all negative.
The appalling Taliban regime in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida operatives
were being trained, is gone. Usama bin
Laden is in hiding and the hunt for him goes on. Saddam Hussein is in custody and an interim
Iraqi government has replaced his brutal regime in Iraq. The problem for the Americans is that the
supposed link between September 11 and Saddam never existed. The weapons of mass destruction have never
been found. And America and its allies,
even with UN approval, are now perceived in much of the Islamic world as a
force of occupation rather than liberation in Iraq, a situation more inclined
to increase international terrorism than reduce it.... It is just possible that what many people
regard as America's unnecessary war in Iraq will yet bear fruit, if the
elections to be held next year are successful and a democracy is
established. This would set an example,
which is the overall aim of the Bush administration which believes that the
entire region, the cradle of so much terrorism, needs to be transformed.... There is little sign in the latest message
from al-Qaida that the Islamic extremists would accept co-existence rather than
the confrontation they now face from the U.S.
So the horror may well go on for some time. In the new era of terror that began with
September 11, there are no rules, no depths of depravity to which the
extremists will not sink--and no fear of death.”
KOSOVO: "Stand Firmly
By America, Our Liberator And Savior"
Pro-LDK, mass-circulation daily Bota Sot had the following
to say (9/11): "Three years after
September 11, 2001, mankind is clearly seeing that the war against
international terrorism can be won only with commitment and devotion towards
the leader of this war, America.... The
ousting of Saddam Hussein's regime...will have decisive impact on in the fate
of the world.... On this third
anniversary...Kosovo and the Albanian nation are set to stand by America in the
war against the international terrorism more than ever."
"Terror At Home And Abroad"
Foreign Editor Erik Sagflaat commented in the social democratic Dagsavisen
(9/11) : “The fight against the
international, cross-border terror is going especially badly. President George W. Bush’s leadership of this
fight has been catastrophic.... Before
the military operations began, there had been built up an almost unbelievably
broad international alliance in the fight against terror, where, not least,
even Muslim countries were alongside....
The advantages of a good start in the fight against terror were quickly
wasted. Bush and his people had other
priorities. Iraq had the entire time
been the Bush administration’s main goal.
The fight against al-Qaida and the hunt for their leaders became
downgraded as a priority and turned into a sideshow.... As in Palestine and Chechnya bomb attacks
have also been carried out in Iraq, that kill civilians.... This guarantees more hatred and that further
opposition movements are ensured recruits....
Muslim extremists are behind the majority of the terror we see today. That problem can’t be solved before the
original conflict--that in Israel/Palestine--is solved.... As long as that conflict remains an open
sore, extremist Muslim movements will live and flourish.... No matter what the battle against terror will
be both long-term and difficult.... It
is most important that we don’t let instinctive fear drive our actions. If we do we will also lose the long-term
fight against terror.”
POLAND: "In Grief Over
Krystyna Szelestowska wrote in leftist Trybuna
(9/13): “On the third anniversary of the
attacks in the U.S., Poland has bowed in grief over the victims. Not only over the victims in America, but
also over those in Madrid, Moscow, Jakarta, and Beslan. On this occasion, it has somehow escaped our
attention just how September 11 affected the lives of Poles and how it changed
Polish foreign policy. After all, Poland
has been drawn into the war it did not want....
We took America’s side--not even trying to maintain an appearance of
balance, and remaining uncritical toward some of the actions of our greatest
friend and ally.... In the war on
terror--which is right and absolutely necessary--are we doomed to be stripped
of our own point of view?”
"For Whom The Bell Tolls"
Jan Skorzynski wrote in centrist Rzeczpospolita
(9/11): "’We are all Americans,’
wrote French dailies after September 11, 2001.
Since then the temperature of feelings on both sides of the Atlantic has
dropped.... But the words used then are
truer than ever.... The terrorism of our
times is global--any country and any man can be its target. But in its most dangerous form--linked to
al-Qaida--it is directed above all at Western civilization. Poland belongs there with its history,
culture, and values--and also because of its membership in NATO and, recently,
the EU. This obligates us. This is why our soldiers are serving in Iraq,
and this is why we must be ready to further participate in the war on terror. If a new attack happens, let us not ask for
whom the bell tolls--it tolls for all of us."
"Ferocious Force Of Terrorism"
Diana Turconi opined in opposition daily Romania Libera
(9/10): “If we add to all of [the recent
terrorist attacks in Russia] the 9/11 New York and the Madrid terrorist
attacks, it is sure that we are witnessing an unprecedented wave of terrorist
attacks that will not stop and cannot be stopped soon.... The Iron Curtain and the Cold War kept hidden
for decades this ferocious and very young force, because 50% of the Islamic
population of the world is now under age 17, a force that is presently set to
explode. The West, which thought that,
along with the USSR’s collapse, that dangerous conflicts would be avoided in
the world’s privileged areas, now must deal with the unknown face of hell on
Earth, a post-modern era full of states in the full process of disintegrating
and creating activists without a country, countries where kamikaze women kill
children and where we can expect at every moment that WMD will get into the
Vojislav Bercko commented in left- of- center
independent Vecer (9/11):
"In the three years after the [9/11 terrorist attacks] the world
has changed almost more than after the explosion of the first two nuclear
bombs...in 1945. After World War II, the
winners...divided among themselves the countries they had liberated according
to previous agreements.... Three years
ago, when three aircraft hit the United States, no such agreement existed. Those who govern in Washington, in the White
House, divided the world afterwards. By
attacking at least two countries--Afghanistan and Iraq--they have changed the
geopolitical image of the world, and by influencing events in other countries
from Iran to North Korea, they have created other--perhaps even
stronger--tensions rather than calming down the situation. A simple analysis of events in the world in
past three years shows that the world is not any safer.... Terrorism as an international threat, which
replaced the Cold War, has been increasing....
Events...demonstrate that terrorism cannot be stemmed by repressive
measures. The U.S. administration...is
just adding oil to the fire with its violation of basic human rights and
liberties.... Tuesday, 9/11/2001 was a
black day for humanity. It is even more tragic that some have not learnt
anything from this tragedy."
Left-of-center El País editorialized : "9/11 aroused a European wave of
solidarity and affection for the U.S., which Bush not only didn't take
advantage of, but also scorned. Three
years later, thanks precisely to Iraq, the transatlantic breach has grown in a
worrisome way, endangering a relationship essential for worldwide
stability. The world changed after 9/11
because the attack changed the U.S., but with its 'war against terrorism' Bush
has pursued a new form of unilateralist imperialism, weakened the UN and
international law, and undermined civil liberties in a country that has been
years its standard-bearer. If 9/11 has
had devastating effects, it has not been just for bin Laden's terrorist attack."
"From 9/11 To 3/11"
Conservative ABC commented (9/11): "What is most doubtful is the
effectiveness of responding to Islamic terrorism as a large part of European
public opinion and various Western governments, including the Spanish, suggest. Dialogue among civilizations and religions
and learning more about Islam are proposals that come from a clear
goodness...but to defend them as solutions to terrorism is to convey the idea
that terrorists are 'disappointed angels' who need dialogue and European
understanding.... Islamist terrorism
will lose an important ideological battle when democracies appreciate themselves and don't search for
greater legitimacy in their fight against terrorism. Some countries have understood this...and
none of them believes that withdrawing the troops is the best way to promote
democracy in the Middle East. Spain was
"Putin And Preventive War"
Independent El Mundo took this view (9/10): "The doctrine of preventive attack,
adopted by Bush after the 9/11 attacks, has had very harmful consequences. It served to justify the intervention in
Iraq, which not only was based on manipulated or completely false evidence, but
also had the opposite effect to the one it theoretically was seeking.... The terrorist threat [is] much greater today
than it was two years ago.... The fact
that Putin, who rules with an iron hand the other world military superpower,
has made Bush's doctrine his own causes one to shudder.... Instead of emulating Bush at his worst, Putin
should rather learn from the monumental mistakes Bush has made in Iraq. The doctrine of preventive war not only gives
rise to serious abuses, but is also counterproductive and dangerous. The only way to stop the threat is by
combining surgical operations against terrorists and those who protect them...with
an intelligent policy aimed at eradicating the social, economic and cultural
causes that push a people or group to resort to terror."
Terrorism Has Become Global"
Mustafa Karaalioglu commented in the Islamist-opinion maker Yeni
Safak (9/10): “The grip of terrorism
is growing stronger with every passing day.
Exploding bombs in almost every region of the world shows that it is
impossible to establish international stability within the framework of
democracy and the rule of law. The
preventive strike policies that have appeared in order to combat terrorism have
also made it more difficult to establish security. Before the bloody marks of the incident in
Ossetia have faded, the new terrorist attacks in Indonesia are a further sign of
the global spread of this threat. Today,
the possibility of a terrorist attack in another country or on another
continent is larger than it was yesterday.
Being a woman, a child, or an innocent civilian no longer offers any
protection from terrorist attacks any more.
On the contrary, terrorism picks the most innocent targets to wound more
deeply. Moreover, not only terrorist
organizations but also states prefer these cruel methods. It is certain that each attack will be more
dramatic than the one before as long as the world prefers to fight instead of
solving these problems through dialogue.”
"September 11, 2001"
Yilmaz Oztuna opined in the conservative-mass appeal Turkiye
(9/10): “Tomorrow is the third
anniversary of September 11 tragedy.
This is the date that the global fight against terrorism began. Terrorists started the war. One should never forget this fact. The ones who forget it will divert in the
wrong direction. The third millennium
began with this terrible incident.
Unfortunately, more than the half of the world’s population believes
that the treasures of the world are owned by a happy and selfish minority. This happy minority believed it was unfair
for energy resources to be left in the land of poor people. The reason that terrorism has spread this
widely is because some countries are not taking concrete measures to stop
it. As a matter of fact, many countries
use terrorism against their rival and enemies.
Until these countries that support terrorism are exposed, the terrorists
manage to take their actions further.
The world is being divided into two: those determined to fight against
terrorism, and those who support and use terrorists and increase their
hostility against the countries involved in counter-terrorism efforts.”
Cuneyt Ulsever warned in the mass-appeal Hurriyet
(9/8): “The fact is that vicious
murderers are being produced from Muslim populations. They have shown a willingness to abuse the
Koran without shame. It is also a fact
that 99.99 of the Muslims have nothing to do with any of this. Yet a tiny few encourage or advocate
terrorism based on a sense of ‘vengeance’ for perceived injustices. All of this leads to another bitter fact,
which is the identification of Islam with these murderers as far as
international public opinion is concerned....
Fortunately, a majority of Muslims in this country act with common
sense. But they now have an important
task--to restore the image of Islam.
Turkey’s EU vision is a project that embraces two civilizations--Islam
and the Western world. This project
allows Turkey to be a bridge between civilizations.... Turkey must condemn terrorism in the
strongest possible terms before the entire world.”
ISRAEL: "No Diplomatic
Solution For Terror"
Yossi Ben-Aharon argued in popular, pluralist Maariv
(9/12): "The initiators of
diplomatic initiatives refuse to face reality.
When they run into criticism about their failed efforts they have only
one response: do you have a better
alternative? The thought that terror can
be eliminated by diplomatic means by giving in or disengaging is derived from
the ghetto mentality, and it only enhances the appetite of the terrorists. There is no diplomatic solution to
terror. The only solution is war to the
death until it is abolished. So far
Israel stood alone in this battle. But
now a coalition is being established by those who are fighting terror, a
coalition which includes the U.S., Russia, and it will surely be joined by more
countries that are in the terrorists' sights.
In this war we must win because there is no alternative to victory."
"Of Terror And Hypocrisy"
Senior columnist and longtime dove Yoel Marcus wrote in Ha'aretz
(9/7): "In the European Union,
hypocrisy and double standards are the name of the game. When it comes to gathering intelligence, the
countries of Europe may help America here and there, but they won't physically
participate in the war on terror or those who harbor terrorists.... Israel is both a victim and a member of the
Bush brigade, a tiny link in a family of nations determined to defend itself
against the scourge of terror. In the
eyes of this family, there is no such thing as justified and unjustified
terror. Terror is terror. The entire Western world is a potential
target. One day, when someone decides in
the hallowed name of Allah to carry out the ultimate attack-to-end-all-attacks,
even Europe will not be spared."
WEST BANK: "Ghosts Of
The Black Death"
Yahya Rabah wrote in official Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
(9/12): "The only remark on the
third anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks against the WTC in New York and
some other locations in Washington is that the innocent are the ones to pay the
price. To prove that, all we have to do
is take a look at the situation in Palestine.
Sharon was given a green light by the American administration to kill Palestinians
in the way he sees fit.... Removing an
empty container from a settlement on their land requires needs decisions, talks
and discussions so that settlers will not get angry. Destroying Rafah, Beit Hanoun, Jenin or the
old city of Nablus, meanwhile, requires no more than the push of a button to
have tanks, missiles and rockets launched everywhere and unleash the ghosts of
the black death.”
"A Moment Of Silence Is Not Enough"
Basim Abu Sumaya held in official Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
(9/11): “We have not forgotten that the
9/11 attacks were a fundamental juncture in changing the moral and cultural
behavior of the ruling clique in the U.S. and in destroying the political and
geographical map in many places in the world.
They served as a reason to justify changing the foreign policy of the
U.S. on the Palestinian issue for the worst.
Nevertheless, the victims of the attacks that day, particularly in New
York, deserve more than one moment of silence because they were innocent
civilians like us. Because we are a
people who hate injustice and struggle against the killing of innocent people,
we were the first to extend our condolences and light candles for the souls of
these victims at a time when we were, and still are, dressing our wounds and
mourning our martyrs who are falling every day.
We are still prepared to stand in mourning for the innocent people who
fall anywhere in the world. However, on
the other hand, how many mourning moments we must stand in protest against the
American policy toward us at a time when the U.S. is acting as if it does not
see or hear what Israel is committing against us? One moment is not enough. We need moments, hours, days, and perhaps
months of talking and not silence to express our protest mourning against the
official American position.”
SAUDI ARABIA: "On The
Anniversary Of 9/11"
Jeddah’s conservative Al-Madina editorialized (9/12): "Three years after the dreadful attacks
of September 11 many things have become obvious. The U.S. is determined to make someone pay
for what had happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. America has decided that Muslims and Arabs
must be punished. We have seen
successive revenge activities; first, it was Afghanistan, then the Palestinians
followed by Iraq, and now the war drums are beating with threats against Syria,
Lebanon, and Sudan. We must give the
world a realistic example of Muslims and Arabs that differs from what has been
stereotyped in western minds."
"Lessons Learned From The Attacks Of 9/11"
Abha’s moderate Al-Watan asserted (9/12): "The whole world yesterday remembered
the events of September 11 three years ago.
That day changed everything in the four corners of the world. The attacks on September 11 united everybody
in a war against terrorism. But
unfortunately this war was launched against Arabs and Muslims, mainly because a
few people from the al-Qaida organization claimed responsibility for the
attacks on the U.S. After September 11
America assumed leadership of the world, and drew countries into two consecutive
wars during one U.S. presidential term.
During this period the U.S. has broken many rules. Even if the U.S. were right about the war in
Afghanistan, the war in Iraq was unjustified and unnecessary. This is the opinion of the majority of
Americans, both Republicans and Democrats.
It seems that President Bush and his administration would not stop at
Afghanistan and Iraq; their plan includes Sudan, Syria, and Iran."
ALGERIA: "Regimes That
Ignore Their People's Future"
Mahmoud Belhimer remarked in principal Arabic-language independent
El Khabar (9/12): "Three
years after 9/11, as it has been called by Americans, the world has changed,
but we remain unchanged. When I use the
pronoun ‘we,’ I refer to political and social systems...in ‘the Arab World’ in
which societies that can no longer bear underdevelopment and dictatorship...are
still being oppressed by the stupidity of these same systems.... Those who thought and expected Arab leaders
to move forward have lost hope. These
leaders are resuming the same old policies in which they have ruled their
societies.... These systems have
produced underdevelopment, political violence, and terrorism, and still nothing
Influential, French-language El Watan commented (9/5): “Where do these monsters come from, those who
take children hostages and rape them before slaughtering them? Why do Chechen Islamist terrorists sow terror
as the (Algerian terrorist groups) GIA and AIS did, and as the GSPC are doing
now?... How did they reach these
extremes?... It is Saudi Arabia that is
the cause of all this evil. It has set
its heart on Chechnya, which it intends to transform into a base for the
expansion of Wahabbism in Asia. It has
already done this in other countries, Algeria in particular, where it is
carries a heavy responsibility for the blood spilled by thousands of
Algerians. Wahabbism is intolerance,
hate, and disrespect for others....
Wahabbism has to be fought wherever it appears. For the time being, it continues to hold sway
through the medium of mosques and schools spread throughout the world. The situation will worsen if urgent measures
are not taken to eradicate it. Like
Nazism, Wahabbism must be declared an enemy of humanity and pursued wherever it
IRAQ: "Iraqis Are
Victims Of 9/11"
Majed al-Samarai commented in London-based Azzaman
(9/11): "It was painful to see Iraq
descending into a minefield tearing the bodies of its children, women and the
elderly only months after 9/11. And as
the U.S. marks the third anniversary of 11 September 2001 attacks in which
around 3,000 people died, Iraq has become the main battlefield for a world
which has declared an open war against terrorism. Iraqis today are the first victims of 9/11.
Their country has turned into an arena dotted with the body parts of innocent
people killed in what can be described as an ongoing 9/11. Iraqis were happy to see an end to the
oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein.
They had dreams of a peaceful, civilized and democratic state. They had no idea that the so-called 'shock
and awe' war that toppled Saddam Hussein was part of the pre-emptive strategy
the U.S. adopted to settle scores around the world. As a result of that war Iraq has become an open
field for terrorist gangs and murderous intelligence agencies whose only aim is
to settle their own accounts with Washington on Iraqi soil. Our children, women, men, police officers,
army personnel and officials are being killed and maimed on a daily basis. The ongoing conflict is tearing the country
apart with the number of Iraqi victims in tens of thousands. The virus of terrorism and violence was
imported to our country after the war the U.S. waged against Saddam Hussein in
what appeared to be retaliation for 9/11.
To all those who carried this virus to our land, pushed its barbaric
elements into our homes, schools and universities including the ones who opened
the country for this kind of vicious war, we say please leave and take your
battle away from us. Let 9/11 continue
to be remembered as an international day to fight terrorism; but not on our
JORDAN: "The World
After September 11"
Center-left, influential Arabic-language Al-Dustour
commented (9/12): "What are the
Arabs and Muslims guilty of, when all the evidence showed that Usama bin Laden
and his organization were the creation of the American intelligence apparatus,
when all justifications for launching the war on Iraq are completely false, and
when the United States appears on the map of the Middle East as a force occupying
all the oil sources and unites with Israel, not just in the fight against
terrorism, but also in the manner of launching attacks on Iraqi and Palestinian
cities and villages. We were about to
answer the question, ‘Why do they hate us’ that was put to the Arab and Muslim
world when they came back with, ‘We do not care about your answer’. We were about to hold ourselves responsible
for rebutting the claim of those who fight their battles in the name of Islam
and disown them, when the expression ‘crusader wars’ came from Washington and
the expression ‘the pure Jewish state’ came from Tel Aviv, telling us: it is not enough, not even necessary, when
the objective is to control the region....
We wanted to learn the lesson and, with all good intentions, we wanted
to be part of a world that rejects violence and condemns terrorism, a world
where we mourn American victims and Americans mourn our victims. But those who planned to take control of the
world, to steal its oil and riches, and to put all the people under Israel’s
control, knew that what happened was part of the plan, while the other part is
to keep us apologizing to them for their aggression against us.”
"September 11, Three Years Of Terrorism"
Samih Ma’aytah observed in independent Arabic-language Al-Ghad
(9/11): "The weeks that followed
the attacks of September 11 brought to the U.S. much sympathy, even from Arabs
and moderate Islamist movements who condemned the attacks. But the U.S. was not concerned with this
outpouring of sympathy. It had designs
of its own, and the eyes of its armies were focused on targets, many of which
had nothing to do with the attacks. But
under pretext of fighting against terror the U.S. administration went berserk. Between September 11 and the present the U.S.
not only squandered the goodwill that came to it, it also revealed an unusual
face of terrorism."
Sami Abdullatif al-Nisif wrote in independent al-Anba
(9/6): “If Dr. Yousef Qaradawi [who
reportedly said in a Cairo interview that it is a religious "duty" to
kill any Americans in Iraq, and that there is no distinction between soldiers
and civilians] truly believed in the legitimacy of murder and war and the
cutting of civilians’ heads in Iraq, then why doesn’t he send his sons and
apprentices to do so, or does it only fall on the hands of others? Just for your information, Qaradawi is in
excellent health that allows him to go to war and carry arms, and the best
proof of this is what [an Arabic] newspaper reported about him marrying an
underage girl (17 years old)...meaning that he enjoys the pleasures of the
bedroom, while others are sent to the grave!
May God help us.”
"What Comes After Atonement"
Sawsan al-Shaer wrote in independent al-Watan (9/6): “We are currently faced with a big
misconception regarding Jihad and murder.
This is why there exists among us now time bombs, especially Arab
Sunnis, all around the world, waiting for the signal to tick off and cause
destruction and death. Muslims are currently
in awe of their leading clerics, as they delude their followers with their
words. No greater an example on this is
Dr. Qaradawi when he called for the slaughter of American civilians in Iraq,
since they aid the occupying army. We
wonder why he didn’t call on the same against British civilians? Is it because both of Qaradawi’s daughters
study in the UK? So what’s the
difference between the Nepalese and the American civilians currently in
Iraq? The problem is that these clerics
say that Islam is moderate, yet they call for such extremist thought. One must keep in mind that once he agrees to
the principle of killing, his turn to die will be soon as well.”
LEBANON: "Arabs (And
Muslims) As Victims Of 9/11"
Talal Salman observed in Arab nationalist As-Safir
(9/11): “Despite their American targets,
the 9/11 explosions...implemented by people with limited education and minds
closed by fanaticism, were actually against Arabs and Muslims.... In the world’s view, before 9/11 Arabs and
Muslims were entitled to seek just solutions for their causes...however,
following 9/11 these conditions provided an excuse to launch a world war
against ‘those terrorists'.... The 9/11
explosions caused a great loss to Arabs and left the honor of Jihad to people
like bin Ladin.... Where are the Arabs
and Muslims three years after 9/11?...
They are the real victims of 9/11.
In the last three years, American imperialism came to Arab and Muslim
countries proclaiming the virtues of democracy...but invaded their territories
instead. Arabs and Muslims became the
enemies of humanity.... On 9/11 the U.S.
lost two towers, a part of the Pentagon and 3,000 victims, but Muslims lost
their independence and territories.
Forty thousand victims were killed in Iraq alone. Nations fell, beliefs fell, dreams fell, and
most dangerously Arab self-confidence crumbled.
Arabs and Muslims are the real victims of September 11, but the greatest
victim of all is their future.”
"Who Will Lead On The Road From Barbarism To Humanism?"
The English-language Daily Star editorialized (9/8): “Once again, ordinary citizens around the
Middle East hear American and Israeli officials speak of peace and prosperity,
but they see American and Israeli troops engaged in operations that kill Arabs,
along with the prospects for a meaningful dialogue that could move us all
toward those noble goals. Yet the rest
of the world also looks at the people of the Middle East, and it sees some
equally disturbing events and trends. It
sees hooded men kidnapping and killing Arab and foreign workers. It sees Iraqis and Arabs in Iraq blowing up
the country’s oil installations and killing police and ordinary citizens. It sees Arab men in the Russian city of
Beslan involved in taking hostage 1,000 Russians, including hundreds of
children, resulting in over 330 people killed.
Monstrous, warlike behavior is no longer a monopoly of any party in this
region. Killing by the dozen, filmed
beheadings and other heinous crimes reflect the failed policies and twisted
values of all involved parties--of Arabs, Israelis, Americans and others who
speak of peace, prosperity and democracy, while assassinating and butchering
each other at will. Failed policies,
criminal behavior and widespread human suffering have become the common heritage
and contemporary hallmark of many Arabs, Israelis and foreigners who interact
in this region today. We know now of the
ugliness and atrocities that all of us can commit. Let us see, for a change, men and women who
can lead this region away from barbarism and back to the humanism that it once
exported to the world.”
LIBYA: "Neighbors In
An editorial in Arabic-language Al-Jamahiriya read
(9/10-11): "We all agree that the
9/11 events in NY and Washington were acts of terrorism. We all agree that the events of that bloody
Tuesday were the result of individuals who had no rights to claim against
others who were guiltless. But what we
should not disagree upon is that those events did not constitute all the acts
of terrorism in the world. There are
acts of terrorism everywhere. There are
terrorists everywhere. There are victims
of terrorism everywhere.... The U.S. had
the right to respond to the attacks, and it was natural for the U.S. to do what it did.... Because the U.S. has the ships, the fighter
planes, ICBMs and smart missiles, it does not need the planes, missiles or even
knives of others. But if the response to
the attacks is an American responsibility, the definition of terrorism, the war
on terrorism and eradicating the phenomenon of terrorism is a collective
responsibility. It is not possible to
Americanize or Europeanize the definition terrorism. And before the world enters into a battle
with terrorism, it is essential to define terrorism. All the definitions available today are based
on self-interest, selfishness and justification. We do not have a universal definition upon
which we can all agree.... We are
inhabitants of one planet and neighbors in one universe. We love God, goodness and peace, and we hate
Abdelmounaim Dilami, director of the independent daily L’Economiste,
commented (9/10): "September 11 was
the day of absolute horror. It was the
day that changed the world. The
objective of the terrorists, and especially of bin Laden, was to provoke a
breakdown in relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. The result was even worse and more
final. In fact, the breakdown has been
between the U.S. and the Arab people.
The American reaction was the war in Afghanistan, the occupation of
Iraq, and unconditional support for the extremist policies of Israel. Bin Laden, by his act, paved the way for the
rise to power of conservative extremist Americans, who evidently have settled
in to rule ideologically and politically for a long time. One form of extremism attracts
another.... The neo-fascist conservatism
reigning in the U.S. today will weigh heavily on history over time. It is not a momentary movement linked to the
person of George W. Bush alone."
"Three Years After September 11"
Mustapha Khalfi observed in moderate Islamic daily Attajdid
(9/10): "Three years have passed
since the September 11 explosions and the questions of security and stability
continue to prevail in several countries, which now place the fight against terrorism
at the top of their priorities. The U.S.
has not yet proved that its strategy has succeeded; indeed, all indications
confirm the opposite.... The reality is
that three years later, the Islamic world finds itself like scorched earth in
this war, which has hampered its ability to focus on its priorities of
development and modernization. The image
of Islam has also been damaged by the mainstream identification of Islam with
terrorism. At the same time, there are
increasing signs confirming the failure of programs to improve America's image
in the Islamic world. Three years later,
the biggest challenge for Islamic forces is how to confront new challenges
resulting from...the war on terrorism, which has gone beyond security concerns,
infringed on American values and inaugurated a new era of civilization [marked
by] submission to the U.S. order."
QATAR: "Loss Of Focus
Added To The World's Woes"
The English-language semi-official Gulf Times
editorialized (9/13): "In recent
days analysts have been pondering the consequences of the September 11, 2001,
attacks on the U.S., with most of them agreeing that President George W. Bush
has succeeded in creating an image of himself as a tough talking and resolute
commander-in-chief. But if his
determination is not in doubt, the wisdom of his policies is. It is widely accepted that his policy on Iraq
has been a failure.... Bush was far more
successful when he took on al-Qaida in the first six months after the 9-11
attacks. Without committing ground
forces, he was able to secure the overthrow of the Taliban and drive al-Qaida
out of their Afghan stronghold.... The
overall effect appears to have been to weaken the threat of terrorism. The invasion of Iraq, on the other hand, has
reinvigorated the terrorists’ cause, provided them with new arguments about
Western intentions towards the Arab world and given them new recruiting
grounds. It has also drawn Western forces
into an environment where they are vulnerable to attack. Despite this, Bush has kept insisting that
Iraq is the new front in the war on terror in an effort to justify the
attack. In reality, Iraq is a distraction
that has drawn resources away from the threat posed by al-Qaida.... Meanwhile, the number of terrorist attacks
worldwide has increased, with Indonesia, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Turkey being
among the victims. There is no doubt
that Bush is single-minded in pursuing his objectives. Unfortunately, the objective that he sets his
sights on is not always the right one."
"September 11 Anniversary"
Riad Zein opined in government-owned Syria Times
(9/12): "The tragic events were
used by the U.S. to start a new era of tyranny.... The drive is being feverishly run by the U.S.
rulers to serve the sinister schemes based on imposing total American-Zionist
hegemony on the entire world and on dominating--if not plundering--it
entirely. Under the delusive banners of
combating terrorism and defending justice and democracy, Afghanistan and Iraq
were invaded.... The era is really
evil. Unless the U.S. drive is halted,
the origin and roots of terrorism are rightly tackled, and all the forces of
occupation, aggression, hegemony and extremism are bridled, the world may be
further agitated and mankind will continue to suffer."
The English-language pro-government Yemen Times thundered
(9/13): "The observer is still
beset by the awesome mystery that still surrounds one of the most bizarre
events of modern times. Do we really
know what happened on that fateful day?...
To date, the bin Laden videotapes suggesting admission of al-Qaida’s
role in the daunting death and destruction of that day are the only semblance
of any ties linking the renegade guerrilla group to the attacks.... 9/11 must simply not be dismissed as the work
of bin Laden and his organization of disgruntled guerrilla fighters.... 9/11 is part of an intentional conspiracy to
bring about a new world order that will function to serve the narrow interests
of an international institutional socio-political network...Zionist
interests.... For the observer, the
impacts of 9/11 continue to overwhelm the course of world events.... This kind of frantic sheer display of power
is void of rational superpower behavior and is tantamount to irresponsible
conduct, with an obvious contempt for the prudence expected in the
appropriations of the public resources of the American people towards
meaningful endeavors. Furthermore, one
is inclined to suggest that the posture of the U.S. and its attachment to
civilized values has been severely damaged by the misguided adventure in Iraq,
on the international arena.... 9/11 has
helped to serve those who rely on repression, twisted emotions and dishonest
hidden intents to have their way. For us
in the Middle East and the Muslim world, 9/11 was a gift to the Zionist cause
and the curtailment of all legitimate struggles against oppression of
Muslims.... 9/11 also gave added
strength to repressive government throughout the world."
EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC
AUSTRALIA: "This Was
The Day The World Changed"
The liberal Sydney Morning Herald
concluded (9/11): "Today, September
11, is the somber third anniversary of an atrocity--the murderous 2001 attacks
on New York's twin towers and the Pentagon building in Washington by Islamic
terrorists. It is a day to remember
those terrible events, to mourn with the relatives and friends of the dead, and
to take stock of what has happened since.
The fatal bombing outside Australia's Jakarta embassy adds poignant
immediacy to the September 11 message....
[Since 9/11] the nations of the West are more afraid, less united and,
most tragically, less free. To that
extent, in spite of George Bush's war against terrorism--indeed, in part,
because of it--al-Qaida has achieved its ends.
True, the U.S. and its allies have had successes. Afghanistan's Taliban regime, one of the
world's maddest, has been toppled. So
has that of Iraq's Saddam Hussein....
Yet, as the Jakarta bombing and the slaughter of the Beslan innocents in
southern Russia have so hideously demonstrated, terrorism remains a great and
growing global menace. Afghanistan
remains ungovernable. So does Iraq. But that's not all. The terrorists have panicked the U.S. and
other Western nations into compromising the rule of law and civil liberties,
the principles they claim to defend.
Meanwhile, ruthless governments have been handed a neat rationalization
for repressing internal enemies. It is
indeed a dreadful anniversary.”
CHINA: "A Call For The
World To Unite Against Terrorism"
Li Lun commented on the official English-language newspaper China
Daily (9/6): “A wavering will to
fight terrorism can only embolden terrorists.
As a result, it is necessary to fight terrorism around the globe with one
mind and one heart. Terrorism, which
disregards basic human moral ethics, is simply used by extremists to advance
political or religious ambition. Human
life is the target.... The school siege
in Russia is just another grim reminder not only of that, but also of the need
for all human beings to join the fight against it. A global united front is critical in winning
the war against terrorism, an enemy that respects no national boundary.... It is clear that without the world's
solidarity and unity, terrorism will not be beaten. Meanwhile, we are left counting lives lost in
the name of causes that can never justify such barbarism.”
CHINA (HONG KONG AND MACAU SARS):
"If Bush Is The Hero For Counter Terrorism, The World Will Be More
The independent Chinese-language Hong Kong Economic Times
remarked (9/4): "In the September
11 attacks, the twin towers collapsed and almost three thousand Americans
died. The attacks have crashed the dream
that the U.S. is a safe place.
Psychologically, the American people have become very fragile. They think that personal security and
national security are more important than the economy. They long for protection from a hero who can
defend them from terrorist attacks. Bush
and Kerry know what the American people want.
Hence, they have turned the presidential election into a heroic
competition. Bush aims at sweeping away
terrorism overseas plus with his unilateralism and pre-emptive measures, he is
able to guarantee U.S. national safety for the short term. However, he has set flames of war
everywhere. The fire of hatred is raging
which has provided nutrients for the growth of terrorism. In a long run, terrorism becomes more
rampant. Even though the U.S. builds
more gates, it cannot stop terrorist attacks and guarantee the safety of its
homeland.... People around the world
have to suffer and worry due to Bush handling terrorism in the wrong way. If Bush is reelected, the world will become
"New Approach Needed To Wipe Out Terrorism"
The independent English-language South China Morning Post
editorialized (9/11): "The way in
which George W. Bush has pursued his war on terror overseas, however, has
greatly increased the risks. Soon after
the September 11 attacks, the U.S. president promised to take sweeping,
sustained and effective action. His
policies have certainly been sweeping and sustained. They have not been effective. The invasion of Iraq has been a huge
distraction from efforts to combat the al-Qaida network.... The actions of U.S. troops have bred resentment
among Muslims.... The ranks of terrorist
groups have been swelled and Iraq has become a center for their
activities.... Some progress has been
made in the battle against al-Qaida. The
invasion of Afghanistan removed most of the terror network's training camps
there. International co-operation was
stepped up after the attacks, with many nations introducing new anti-terrorism
laws.... But the terror attacks
continue. Usama bin Laden's lethal
network may be more fragmented, but that makes it more difficult to rein
in. It continues to serve as an
inspiration, at least, for those who would use terror as a weapon in conflicts
around the world.... And the architect
of the September 11 attacks, bin Laden, remains at large. A new approach is needed, one which strives
for solutions instead of breeding further resentment."
"U.S. Is Still Facing A Grim Task In Countering
Pro-PRC Chinese-language Macau Daily News remarked
(9/10): "In response to the
September 11 attacks, the U.S. launched a war on terrorism. It sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to
overthrow the Taliban regime and the Saddam regime. Internally, it launched some unprecedented
counter-terrorism measures. Three years
have passed and terrorist activities around the world are still rampant. Internally, terrorists are still threatening
the U.S. Prior to the September 11
attacks, there was a school siege in Beslan.
Yesterday, the Jemaach Islamiah, which has close relations with the
al-Qaida group, launched a bomb attack against the Australian embassy in
Jakarta.... All these incidents are not
accidental. Terrorist groups want to
show their strength. Since the September
11 attacks, the alert warning for New York City and other U.S. cities has been
orange. Thus, they will be more careful
about new terrorist attacks.... It shows
that the U.S. is still facing a grim task in countering terrorism."
JAPAN: "Three Years
Liberal Asahi stated (9/10): "September 11 this year marks the third
anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.... But didn't the U.S. action to crush terrorism
and win justice and security create a serious paradox? If security can be assured by force, then the
U.S. should be the safest country in the world.
It is true that no terrorist act has taken place in the U.S. since
9/11. But those in weaker positions and
America's enemies resent the U.S. when it takes advantage of its strength and
intervenes in conflicts around the world.
In fact, the war in Iraq, which was started to rein in terror,
propagated terror to the world instead.
And the U.S. is far from safe....
It is essential to have international solidarity to contain and prevent
terrorism.... And yet, Washington hates
being constrained by others and has gone along a unilateral road even at the
risk of violating international law....
The U.S. is a superpower that is often compared to ancient Rome. But it cannot maintain security and
prosperity alone. It needs to co-exist
with countries in Europe and other continents and with different religions and
cultures.... The U.S. is indispensable
to the world, so it needs to take some candid advice.... Two virtues of the American people are the
courage to sacrifice oneself and the admiration of self-sacrifice. In the world of international politics, the
U.S. has the strength to endure sacrifice for the benefit of attaining the
goal. That is exactly why we want the
Americans to know that the use of force requires wisdom. We want the U.S. to characterize itself as
part of a diverse and multipolar world by overcoming the narrow values of
unilateralism. Washington should pay
attention to the negative sides of globalization as well and thus try to
eradicate the breeding grounds of terrorism."
"World Must Unite To Contain Terrorism"
Moderate, leading Yomiuri advised
(9/10): "Tomorrow marks the third
anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.... Persistent efforts by the international
community are still needed to make the world a safer place. Rather than abating, terrorism seems to be
spreading across the globe.... There is
no political fix for struggles waged by terrorist groups trying to destroy the
world order, including al-Qaida an international terrorist network of Muslim
radicals responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.... The stabilization of Afghanistan and Iraq is
the highest priority for the international community. The world will lose the war against
international terrorism if it fails to reconstruct those countries and
establish democratic governments in them....
Another cause for concern is that anti-U.S. sentiment has been
increasing around the world since the Iraq war started. This likely is due in part to the perceived
unilateralist tendency of U.S. President George W. Bush's administration. But the stability and prosperity of the
international community are guaranteed by the U.S., the sole world
superpower.... To make the world a safer
place, Europe and the United States should try their best to mend the rift
"Allies Must Support U.S."
Conservative Sankei editorialized (9/10): "Nations from around the world must show
patience and cooperation in containing terrorism. Although the U.S. occasionally takes
unilateral action, most international issues cannot be resolved without
Washington's help. U.S. allies,
including Tokyo, need to help Washington exercise leadership on global issues
by extending their support."
INDONESIA: "Bomb At
Australian Embassy And The Global War"
T.B. Ronny Rahman opined in leading independent
daily Kompas (9/10): “The root of
terrorism is global in nature.
Therefore, it should be dealt with on a global level. So, no country should blame Indonesia. We have done our best and yet we still became
victim. The dimension of Indonesia as a
victim should be understood by other countries, Australia in particular, in
order to avoid [baseless] allegations.”
The government-influenced New Straits Times
held (9/11): "What is truly
worrying is that it looks like the situation could get worse. There seems no way out of this, not when all
we hear is the all-too-familiar tough talk on tough policies; not when
President Bush still confidently asserts...'America and all the world are now
safer,' when the evidence points to the contrary."
NEW ZEALAND: "War On
The influential, Christchurch Press declared (9/11): "Three years have now passed since
al-Qaida terrorists smashed hijacked aircraft into the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon, with devastating loss of life....
Today, therefore, marks the beginning of the fourth year of the War on
Terror declared by U.S. President George W. Bush.... That this war has yet to be won has been
shown by continued terrorist atrocities linked to Islamic
fundamentalists.... It is not difficult
to paint a pessimistic picture of this fight against terrorism.... Yet this bleak picture is misleading, because
it ignores the positive developments of the last three years.... The Taliban no longer rules
Afghanistan.... Also removed has been
Iraq's dictator, Saddam. Although WMD
have not been found, his record was one of murdering and torturing his own
people and being a focus of regional instability. Few could doubt that the long-term prospects
for Iraqis are more positive without his sinister presence.... Greater anti-terrorist co-operation is now
evident between New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia.... One condition or practice which must change
is the tendency of governments to use the war on terror as an excuse to crush
nationalist aspirations.... This simply
produces a dangerous blend of nationalism and religious extremism, furthering
the appeal of the terrorist. Nor will
the acceptability of terrorism be countered unless a lasting settlement in the
Middle East is brokered or while the U.S. is perceived as an occupying force in
Iraq. In other words, the emphasis must be on removing the breeding grounds of
hatred, if the threat posed by terrorism is to abate."
THAILAND: "Three Years
On, What Have We Learned?"
The lead editorial in the independent, English-language Nation
read (9/11): "While it is
impossible to come up with an international benchmark to gauge success or
failure in this fight against global terrorism, the past three years have shown
that terrorist groups have managed time and again to deliver death and disaster
with virtual impunity.... It can be said
that every country has different priorities for formulating its respective
policy against terrorism. Nevertheless,
the international community can still do much more towards harmonizing these
differences to be more effective in meeting the challenge of terrorism. While much has been done over the past three
years with new counter-terrorism expertise gained, these achievements have
little chance of being sustained if the conditions that give rise to
terrorism--poverty, tyranny and religious fanaticism--are not addressed in a
more coherent manner by the international community.”
VIETNAM: "Two Ways Of
ly Tien Dung wrote in Dai Doan Ket, a bi-daily run by the
Vietnam Fatherland Front which controls mass organizations in Vietnam,
(9/14): "Terrorists carried out the
9/11 attacks with a clear objective: striking
at 'super powerism' and 'interferencism.'
They have led the U.S. military and the president who like to interfere
into the game and made them get bogged down, from Afghanistan to Iraq.... The confrontation between the current U.S.
government and international terrorism is that between two forces who both say
what they are doing is in the name of God and they both apply equally
destructive and cruel tactics. On the
contrary, terrorist attacks in Russia are a means to achieve extremist
goals.... Terrorists in Russia are
getting more and more similar to other international terrorist groups thanks to
the support they get from forces opposing the former Soviet Union and the
present-day Russia under the guise of 'advocating freedom,' and leading the
forces are hawkish politicians in the U.S....
The U.S. government on one hand is very vocal in demanding countries to
join an anti-terrorism with it, but at the same time, on the other hand,
provides cover and support for terrorist rebels in Russia.... Recent wars waged by the U.S. in the name of
fighting terrorism are just derivatives of 'interferencism' and 'international
SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
The nationalist Hindustan Times declared (9/13): "The third anniversary of the 9/11 attack
is a time to take stock of just how the global war against terrorism is
faring. By all accounts, not too
well. The horrific massacre of innocents
in Beslan, the bombing in Jakarta and scores of acts of terrorism around the
world are testimony to that fact. As if
to press that message home, al-Qaida's number two, Ayman al Zawahiri, has
appeared in a new videotape to tell us how the U.S. was losing the war. In the eastern and southern parts of
Afghanistan, the Egyptian-born terrorist leader claimed, the mujahideen is in
control. As for Iraq, it did not require
an al Zawahiri to tell us how bad things are.
Instead of crushing al-Qaida first, U.S. President George W. Bush, in
the single biggest blunder of the anti-terror war, invaded Iraq. As a result that country's political and
social fabric has been ripped apart and it is likely to become a new breeding
ground for terrorism.... A major problem
is that many countries still hesitate to unambiguously condemn the killing of
non-combatants.... But in its zeal to
pursue al-Qaida the U.S. has more or less ignored Pakistan's continued backing
of terrorism in Afghanistan and Kashmir because it wants Islamabad's
cooperation in tackling al-Qaida. The
best tribute to the many victims of terrorism would be a redoubled and intense
global effort to wipe out this modern plague."
"These Macabre Rhythms"
Security analyst C. Uday Bhaskar wrote in the centrist Indian
Express (9/10): "The import of
9/11 is complex, contradictory and dynamic....
In three years what we now witness...is the emergence of the besieged
nation-state and a bewildered and angry citizenry.... States, more often than not, respond
predictably. Military force is invoked,
as was the case with the U.S. and now Russia.... The 'other' is demonized in the post 9/11
security discourse. Hence the Muslim
becomes suspect in the West and the Chechen now in Russia. Yet as the American death-toll in Iraq
crosses the 1,000 mark after 'victory' was triumphantly declared, and
Afghanistan seems more and more likely to slip into disorder, the neat military
resolution appears elusive.... The U.S.
as the exemplar of the West that had won the Cold War is now besieged by its
own anxieties from within and without.
The normative values that are embodied in the U.S. constitution now
stand trampled or shrunk."
The Wrong Way"
The center-right national English-language Nation held
(9/11): "Nine-Eleven was tragic no
doubt, but no less has been the U.S. response; in fact, it is far more
tragic.... The upshot is an endless
misery wrought through razing vast stretches of inhabited areas to the ground
through merciless bombardment killing thousands, irrespective of age and
gender, first in Afghanistan and later in Iraq.
But the question is whether raining inhumanities upon others has made
U.S. citizens feel any securer?"
"Remembering 9/11: War On
Terrorism Must Not Be Misdirected"
The independent English-language Daily Star commented
(9/12): "The war on terrorism was
planned rightly but its execution has lacked a clear sense of purpose and
direction. By targeting Iraq, the U.S.
has actually shifted global attention to a new phenomenon--security of smaller
nations in a unipolar world. We remember
the victims of 9/11 with a deep sense of loss, but are also worried about the
U.S. action against Iraq. We believe the
global consensus on fighting terrorism should be revived, which certainly
entails rethinking by the U.S. on its current posture."
Conservative Jomhuri-ye Eslami maintained (9/11): "Within the framework of an objective
which was called 'fighting terrorism', the Americans increased the number of
their military bases in the...Persian Gulf littoral; they gave as many weapons
as they could to the usurper Israeli regime and supported it politically and
financially as much as possible. And in
the world of Islam, they brought maximum pressure to bear on Islamic thought
and belief. Today...even some impartial
U.S. analysts are admitting that these same expansionist and adventurist
objectives were behind the making of that incident."
SOUTH AFRICA: "9/11’s
Liberal This Day commented (9/10): “Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the
9/11 attacks. And in the current
atmosphere it would be a simple matter to voice another truism: that we are today living through the horrible
unfolding of a wave of terrorism announced by the attacks in New York and
Washington; that all the world is the terrorist’s playground.... Three years on...one lesson must be that the
world will get nowhere if it targets the symptoms rather than the root causes
of such attacks. The latter are more
often rooted in long-standing injustices and even slaughters inflicted upon
entire peoples.... Washington’s ‘war on
terror’, is fanning that flames of such attacks.... The Bush administration has...rewarded
friends and punished enemies. It has
pushed aside the limp complaints of its fellow UN Security Council members
about consultation and gone ahead with its most cherished military
missions.... It has run roughshod over
democratic rights for the ‘enemy combatants’ imprisoned at Guantanamo. It has declared to all the world that, in
effect, multilateralism is dead for U.S. foreign policy. And, above all, it has created the sort of
chaos in Iraq that is likely to fan the flames of resentment for generations to
come. All this inevitably leads to the
question--is the world a safer place today than it was three years ago? Sadly, the answer must be no.”
"Moment The World Changed"
The liberal Cape Times observed (9/10): “It was evident from the disgusting and
cowardly events of 9/11 that the United States would have to act against
terror, but it is now increasingly plain that it missed an opportunity in
choosing to act without multilateral sanction for its invasion of Afghanistan
and Iraq. Its central premise for that
war has also been revealed as unfounded, giving weight to conspiracy theorists'
views on President George W. Bush’s 'real' motivation for invading the
country. A general consequence has been
the draining away of the worldwide sympathy which the United States enjoyed in
the aftermath of 9/11 and an increased polarization in the conduct of world
affairs. Seen in this context, the
agents of terror succeeded in at least some of their goals. And, as became evident again...the terrorists
are still at play.”
GHANA: "3 Years After
9/11: Mixed Fortunes"
The pro-ruling party Accra Daily Mail
observed (9/10): "It would be three
years tomorrow, Saturday September 11 since terrorists flew commercial
jetliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the
Pentagon in Washington DC.... That day
has become a defining date in the modern calendar.... The U.S. had the entire planet behind her in
sympathy and indignation. At no time in
history did the U.S. have that kind of solidarity from all countries of the
world. It was a dastardly act beyond the
pale.... We believe the U.S. is a
genuinely generous country with a heart that is ever willing to share. The U.S. is also passionately
inward-looking.... That is where America
often steps on toes and makes equally passionate enemies. Three years after September 11 2001, it's been
a mixed bag.... America has not made any
new friends; if anything at all, the world is far more divided now.... Whatever strides have been made in the 'war
on terrorism' have so far not brought international terrorism to heel. Everyday things are happening to show that
the world has not become any safer since 9/11.... But the U.S. cannot let her guard down so we
will have to put up with the inconvenience.
Any attack on the U.S. homeland is an attack on the rest of the world,
because if there is one country which is the reflection of the peoples of the
planet, it is the U.S.... On the
occasion of the observance of the 3rd year of 9/11...to the American
politicians all that we can say is this:
whether America would be free of the anger of terrorists or not, would
depend to a large degree on how relevant you think the rest of us are."
Modest Efforts To Check Terrorism"
KANU party-owned Kenya Times commented (9/8): “In Kenya the slow government response to
terrorist threats since the 1998 bombing grew from a denial based on the
perception of Kenya as a victim, rather than a source of international
terrorism. This denial was also tied to
the inability to acknowledge the wider context that led to the growth of
terrorism: the erosion of governance
structures, notably weak enforcement and gate keeping institutions. Furthermore, the government remains wary of
alienating Kenya’s minority Muslims who often complain of marginalization. There was, however a marked shift in policy
after Muslim protesters embraced the Moi regime by marching for al-Qaida in the
wake of September 11 attacks.... These measures
point to a more proactive policy on terrorism, but their long-term viability
hinge on fundamental reforms in the security services, immigration, and port
authorities. Reversing corruption in
these agencies has only begun, as the government acknowledges the need for
"The Scars Of Bush’s Justice"
Tony Mochama noted in the independent, pro-business Standard
(9/5): “The past three years have
showcased the Bush administration’s offensives.
A second term of Bush’s never-ending war on terror would most likely
give the leader of the 'free world' sufficient time to convert Congress into
allowing him leverage to end the limited judicial review for terror suspects
that has so far stayed America’s hand in overt interference with foreign
Not Military Approach"
Ibadan-based independent Nigerian Tribune declared
(9/13): "Given all the huge amount
of resources--human and material--so far spent on the war on terror, the
questions are: one, is the world safer
now; two, is the war being won; and three, is the war winnable? The recent terrorist downing of two Russian
airliners, the Beslan massacre and the Jakarta bomb attacks, among very many
others in recent times, answer the first question in the negative.... The argument is unsettled as to whether
without the war on terror, terrorism wouldn't have escalated beyond current
levels. As for the most fundamental of
the three questions, viz, whether the war on terror is winnable, it is our
opinion that it is. But victory over
terrorism cannot and will not be won on military battlefields. It will happen on the political and
diplomatic fields of mutual understanding, respect for the different ways of
life of peoples and cultures of the world and regard for the weak and genuine
assistance to them."
"New World Order Is The Answer"
Ezedi Udom commented in the Lagos-based independent New Age
(9/13): "Given the failure of the
'Bush Doctrine,' if the lives lost as a result of September 11 shouldn't be in
vain, and above all to protect the lives of prospective victims of terrorist attacks,
the world should seek alternatives, one of which is creating a new world order
that enjoys legitimacy of all peoples, groups and nations. It is only then that we can show that the
lessons of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have been learned. If there is something to borrow from the
'Bush Doctrine,' it is the urgency and nothing more."
"9/11: Anger Against
Edwin Madunagu wrote in respected Lagos-based independent The
Guardian (9/10): "In its
report...the [9/11] Commission announced that America was a victim, not of
terrorism in general, but of global 'Islamist terrorism.' It warned that the threat of further attacks
remains.... My feeling after reading
this report was of depression: caused by
the conviction that the rulers of America do not understand the world in which
they wield so much power. In particular,
they do not understand the cause and depth of the anger of the peoples of the
world against American imperialism."
ZAMBIA: "Time For
Concerted, Cooperative War On Terror"
The Times of Zambia editorialized (9/8): "War on terror should be fought on all
fronts to rid the world of malcontents whose agenda is to inflict pain, death
and ultimately wreck civilization....
The tragedy of Beslan in Russia...is a wake-up call for the citizens of
the world that terrorists could strike anywhere.... Terrorists should not be handled with kid
gloves. With glaring facts before us
that they are capable of striking anywhere and anyone, peace-loving people
should equally be on red alert. The
fight against terrorism should therefore not be selective. Where found, terrorists should not be spared
if the world has to have a peace of mind....
Terrorists are men and women who have chosen to partner evil and
death. The only way of dealing with them
is destroying them before they strike.
For as long as terrorists are not speedily eliminated the world shall
continue being insecure. People should
unite to eliminate the terrorist threat for humankind to lead normal
CANADA: "The World
Must Unite To Fight Terrorism"
he left-of-center Vancouver Sun wrote (9/11): "Terrorism has existed for millennia,
and while we hope it won't take thousands of years to eliminate terrorism,
we're in for the long haul in this war against Islamic fundamentalists. September 11, 2001, did, however, acquaint us
with the nature of the enemy, and impress upon us the urgency of prosecuting
the war. Subsequent events in Bali and
Spain and, most recently, in Russia, have given us greater insight into our
common foe.... A lthough intelligence sharing, and police and military
operations against terrorist organizations are crucial, such methods will, of
course, only help to solve the immediate problem--to root out terrorists currently
planning attacks. But while stamping out
terrorists is of crucial importance, we will stamp out terrorism only if we
prevent the training and education of a new generation of terrorists. The Koranic schools known as madrassas--some
of which encourage their students to hate Jews and Christians and to fight holy
wars--provide the only education many poor Arab, Asian and African students
receive, which virtually guarantees that some will lead a future wave of
terrorism. Unless we deal with these schools
and with the intolerant messages being taught to Muslim students, the war
against terrorism might never end. The
international community must join together and ensure that students in poorer
parts of the world have an alternative to attending madrassas. Further, the world must not turn a blind eye
toward failed states like Somalia and Sudan among others that provide a perfect
breeding ground for terrorism..... We
are fighting a world war--a global conflict between the civilized world and
those who hate everything modern civilization stands for. Despite our differences, every country needs
to remember that since the fate of the world hangs in the balance."
"The Founding Doctrine"
Mario Roy wrote in the centrist La Presse (9/11): "The 9/11 attack on U.S. soil demolished
moral barriers, overthrew codes of ethics and presented to the world an
Islamic-fascist 'victory' over the greatest power on the planet. This escalation in horror has so far
culminated in Russia eight days ago....
Terrorism has also exploded in a host of very different actions.... The motivations and ad hoc demands that we
have seen, to which we must add the Palestinian cause, are about conflicts for
which there are theoretical solutions.
Thus the Madrid attacks commanded the Spaniards to change their
government, which they did. Australians
could buckle under the pressure from Jakarta by electing a new premier who
would get them out of Baghdad. The answer
to Chechen terrorism could be to give that nation independence. And we know the theoretical solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But nobody
is naïve enough to believe that should these national conflicts miraculously be
solved, the terror would stop. To the
contrary, recent developments indicate, radical Islam is holding on tighter
than ever to its founding doctrine, just like the proletarian terrorism that
was inflicted on Europe 30 or 40 years ago....
In short, everything seems to indicate that what all the small groups
more or less linked to al-Qaida are looking for is a war of civilizations. That is the trap we must avoid at all
"The Surreal World Of Bush"
Editorial page editor emeritus Haroon Siddiqui
reflected in the liberal Toronto Star (9/9): "Politicians don't always deliver what
they promise. But George W. Bush is in a
league all his own. He says one thing, does another and often manages the exact
opposite of what he intends.... He said
post-9/11 that he was going to isolate terrorists but ended up isolating
America. He attacked Afghanistan to
crush al-Qaida but spawned its branches or, worse, copycat outfits all over the
world. He invaded Iraq to capture
non-existent weapons of mass destruction, while his other two axis of evil
nations, North Korea and Iran, were the ones developing nuclear weapons. He talked tough on Iran but it was North
Korea that got busy and made two nuclear bombs.
He saw his war on Iraq as a warning to other states not to develop
lethal weapons but finds his credibility so eroded he can't convince others
about the seriousness of Iran's nuclear intentions."
"September 11, Three Years Later"
Leading Clarin editorialized (9/13): "Three years after the September 11
attacks, the world has become more dangerous and life in societies more
precarious.... It did not happen
overnight.... On that day the U.S. and
the world saw almost three thousand people die buried under the rubble of the
Twin Towers in New York. And Americans
still suffer it three years later with over one thousand soldiers killed in
Iraq.... The Iraqi people are also a
major victim, with tens of thousands of victims, after having endured decades
of autocracy, and now a military occupation....
In this way if three years ago the September 11 attacks unleashed a war
on terrorism that the USG decided to unilaterally launch, the outcome of it is
certainly negative for the cause of international peace and security."
"Blood And Religion Shouldn't Go Hand-In-Hand"
Business-financial El Cronista
editorialized (9/10): "Islam is a
religion of peace and millions of Muslims believe so. This is why they urgently need to be the
first ones to march against a terrorism that kills in the name of Allah. In this sense, the fact that an important
number of Muslims--with or without headscarf--marched down the streets of Paris
calling for the liberation of two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq, was a
step forward, but is wasn't enough. It's
necessary for them to march in their own countries. They must rally in Afghanistan, in Saudi
Arabia, in the Arab Emirates, in the Philippines, in Kenya or in
Pakistan.... It's true that the West
must take an important step in allowing Islamic peoples to be free instead of
seeking to dominate them, as occurred recently.
Without this change, peace won't be possible.... It's important to know whether the larger
Islamic community, composed mostly of peaceful people, is bold enough to
challenge those who in the name of Islam fill the streets of the West and the
East with dead bodies. Only if this
answer is positive will we be able to fight against the scourge of a
Miriam Leitão observed in center-right O
Globo (9/13): “9/11 is among those
[days] that left in all of us today the stupor and the fear of the world to
follow that unthinkable, barbarian act....
Terrorism is the worst enigma of current times. It is being increasingly studied by experts,
but so far they have found only parts of explanations. Terror continues inexplicably and remains as
a frightening alert that barbarism may win.
One thing we know for sure: the
war will not be won by brute force only.
Civilization needs to find the right portion of shrewdness,
intelligence, force, apparatus, information networks, weapons, command and
values. If it continues to be struggled
with in a rudimentary fashion, as it has been in this Bush-Putin era, it will
become a war without heroes. It will
only produce victims and crazies.”
"Black Tuesday Crusade Destabilizes The World"
Gabriel Moyssen and Isabel Mayoral wrote in
major business daily Il Financiero (9/10): "Three years after the attacks by Usama
Bin Ladin's al-Qaida network destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and
damaged the Pentagon, the international community is still shaken by the
antiterrorist offensive launched by the administration of George W. Bush. This campaign served as a pretext for a major
realignment of forces in the Middle East with the occupation of Iraq and
prompted the radicalization of nationalist, religious, and ethnic movements in
Muslim countries, as the tragic seizure of hostages in Beslan, Russia, just
recently underscored. The outcome of the
U.S. campaign, which has provoked widespread criticism throughout the world, is
negative. Bush himself admitted that he
has lost interest in capturing bin Ladin--assuming he is still alive--and
Afghanistan, which harbored the Saudi Arabian national, has turned into the
world's largest poppy producer, on the eve of elections that are critically
important for its immediate future. As
for Iraq, it is the ideal sanctuary for al-Qaida and other extremist
organizations that take advantage of a guerrilla-style war that has no hint of
Academic Eugenio Anguiano observed in nationalist Universal
(9/8): "Terrorism as a threat or
justified violence when used against a civilian population to advance political
ends is reaching unbearable extremes and is incompatible with the most basic
concepts of civilization in the 21st century.
Because aggression against unarmed civilians is so reprehensible, it's
not possible that force is the only answer to an evil with many roots."
ECUADOR: "Three Years
Grace Jaramillo wrote in Quito’s leading centrist El Comercio
(9/11): "In the midst of its pain,
the United States only worsened its own security situation. Instead of putting in place a specific plan
to systematically destroy the al-Qaida terrorist cells--which had even been
identified--it decided to take up arms against Baghdad and get rid of a less
dangerous, but more popular enemy.
Despite existing efforts, the policy of attacking a nation-state to stop
terrorism has not borne fruit, because the causes of this global
disaster--intolerance, condescension, lack of respect for culture and religion,
and above all, the irrationally of certain people--have not been
Against The United Nations"
Tilcia Delgado remarked in leading Panamanian broadsheet La
Prensa (9/10): “For many
Republicans, the September 11 attacks heralded the reactivation of a U.S.
foreign policy that had become opaque during the Clinton administration. For them, the United States is a country
called to be the indisputable leader, and one that doesn’t shiver in the face
of war when its interests are threatened....
I doubt the world will be safer if George W. Bush leads the United
States during the next four years.... He
unleashed the hate of many, including those that attacked New York’s financial
center on September 11.”
PARAGUAY: "A War That
Threatens All Of Humanity"
ABC Color, Paraguay’s largest daily, commented (9/11): “The first task of civilized humanity at the
present time, whether in the East or in the West, is to defeat and eradicate
this cancer [of terrorism].”
VENEZUELA: "The Plague
Leading liberal daily El Nacional editorialized
(9/13): "9/11 changed Americans'
way of being and living.... It is not a
metaphor to say that 9/11 was 'the days that changed the world.' The United States is not the only country to
have changed, but also other countries, especially those in North America,
Europe and Asia. Spain suffered a major
aggression on March 11. Latin America
has not been the exception. Three years
after 9/11, insecurity in the world has worsened in an unthinkable way. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is
the issue that generates the greatest concern for the international
community. However, there does not seem
to be a common stance to face it. The
U.S. and Europe have discrepancies in the methods to combat terror. Paradoxically, Washington and Russia have
coordinated their policies. The number
of terrorist attacks has increased.
After the events in Russia, the attacks in Indonesia followed. The international community not only has not
found a common stance to combat terrorism, but that possibility seems to be
farther and farther as days go by. Let's
observe the situation in the most threatened country, the United States, where
al-Qaida and Usama bin Laden, as well as the war in Iraq, have turned into the
two topics that dominate the presidential campaign, and have been used in a not
very responsible way. If its politicians
are divided, what can be expected from the international community?"