Monday, September 11, 2006

whadda they know

Truth Out today posted an Agence France Presse round-up of international newspaper editorials. There are no big surprises but the general disgust on the part of editors around the world toward the Bush response to the attacks in the last five years is sobering.

Papers in Europe and the Middle East were the most brutal-- which may seem a foregone conclusion now, but in the immediate wake of the attacks, European editors across the political spectrum couldn't have been more supportive, exclaiming across the top of Le Monde, of all places, that "We are all Americans." And editors in the terror-plagued Middle East expressed hoped that al Qaeda, in awakening the sleeping giant that day, would at last meet its end. Obviously most of all of that good will is long gone.

The British Financial Times: "The way the Bush administration has trampled on the international rule of law and Geneva Conventions, while abrogating civil liberties and expanding executive power at home, has done huge damage not only to America's reputation but, more broadly, to the attractive power of Western values."

Lebanon's Daily Star: "Instead of isolating and wiping out Al-Qaeda, Bush has created a long list of new foes in his ever-broadening war on terror. In doing so, he has bolstered the popular impression that the United States is waging a crusade against Islam-- an impression which Al-Qaeda skillfully exploits in order to gain more support."

Egypt's Al-Ahram: "Five years ago, the history of the world changed twice, once in the hands of Bin Laden and his gang, and once in the hands of Bin Bush and his administration."

Jordan's Al Ghad: "The administration of George W. Bush used a vengeful mentality in dealing with the 9/11 crime and has turned the entire world into a battleground."

The Australian papers were reportedly more sympathetic.

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