Nations must unite in battling terrorism
Jordan Times, Amman:
Six months after the terrorist attacks on the United States, peoples and countries of the world have to deal with new realities that challenge long-established values and beliefs. Sept. 11 caused sea changes in various domains. But, it also asserted the fact that certain aspects of humanity can never change.
The world should never again have to witness the terror that was unleashed on New York and Washington. And it should move toward eliminating all sorts of conflicts and frustration on which terrorists feed. This is a goal which the use of force alone cannot achieve.
Beyond the horror, anger and frustration that they have provoked, the attacks were a painful reminder of the urgency of addressing regional crises and finding comprehensive and just solutions to conflicts that have deprived millions of people of their basic human and political rights.
After the attacks, too many people spoke about an inevitable clash of civilizations, between the West and Islam.
The attacks of September should bring nations together in the common fight against terrorism. It should not push them apart in line with the designs of the terrorists who perpetrated them.
Condit a bad dinner guest
The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.):
Voters in California on March 5 did for Gary Condit what old-fashioned common sense apparently could not they pushed him out of office.
Condit, the U.S. representative once thought as a rising political star before his affair with and subsequent disappearance of intern Chandra Levy, will instead head back to Modesto, Calif., in January. Voters in Tuesdays Democratic primary bounced him 55 to 37 percent, instead giving the nomination to former Condit friend Dennis Cardoza.
The vote formally puts an end to what was painfully obvious to everyone but Condit that his political career, at least in the near future, is over.
Condit should have resigned his congressional seat months ago. But he didnt, and his refusal to go made both his constituents and his colleagues uncomfortable. Hes the political equivalent of a bad dinner guest who doesnt know when the party is over and its time to leave.
America must press for peace
Ariel Sharon was elected Israels prime minister in February last year because he promised security in the country and peace with the Palestinians. He has been in power for a year and both promises have fallen to pieces. Israeli civilians are completely unsafe in their own country and peace with the Palestinians is further away than ever.
Both parties are no longer able to end this gruesome deadlock without help or heavy pressure from the outside. Europe is too divided and has insufficient power to put credible pressure on the parties. Unfortunately there is only one state powerful enough to do this: the United States. But its government doesnt want to, and executes a diverse policy concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
America has to throw its weight in, and force both parties to the negotiation table.