OTHER VIEWS - WE MUST BE CLEAR ON OUTCOME OF WAR

September 24, 2001 11:00 pm

DIE WELT, BERLIN, ON A COALITION AGAINST TERRORISM:

A coalition is currently being forged which is supposed to put the fight against terror on a broad basis.

China ... is in the boat. Russia is going along with it too. The countries of the Mideast and the Indian subcontinent are in shock and, for now, are playing along.

This colorful coalition soon will be tested. The Taliban have threatened all its neighbors will retaliation.

Who knows what they have in their hands? Russian weapons of mass destruction? It cant be ruled out.

Connections with Western Chinese Muslims ... ? Certainly. Allies in Pakistan? Of course. ...

Which is to say: This war isnt a second Somalia ... this is about more, much more.

The longer Americas campaign lasts, the more certain it is that Osama bin Laden will try to represent it as a war against Islam. Attacks against Americas oil suppliers will follow.

This isnt an argument against Bushs strategy. Its an argument for setting out clearly what might happen now.

DAGENS NYHETER, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, ON PAKISTAN AND U.S. ATTACKS

Pakistan cannot really be relied on when there is a storm brewing. Democracy has been put aside by Gen. (Pervez) Musharraf who seized power in a coup two years ago. The country has been subject to U.S. sanctions since its successful nuclear test some years ago. It has fought wars with neighboring India. Furthermore it is, to say the least, politically unstable.

That Musharraf has taken a side must be welcomed. The choice cannot have been given, the risks were far too great. These include the Afghan Talibans indirect threat to attack Pakistan; there is also concern that if Pakistan turns its back on Afghanistan it would be left without any friendly neighbors. ... In the short-term there are few who believe that Musharrafs power is threatened. In the long term his position is more uncertain.

There are even rumors of a new military coup if the president doesnt get his fellow generals to toe the line. The long-term perspective is further turbulence in an already turbulent region. ...

However, the United States has the right to make demands. In the struggle between democracy and dictatorship, between decency and tyranny, between openness and oppression there is no room for indifference and neutrality. The threat of terror affects us all, and it is everybodys responsibility to eliminate it.

EGYPTIAN GAZETTE, CAIRO, ON U.S. REVENGE:

Americas uncontrollable urge to avenge the Sept. 11 attacks is understandable, albeit ill-advised. Never before in its history has the U.S. experienced terrorism on such a scale.

The unidentified perpetrators chose to strike the U.S., the worlds unchallenged superpower, where it hurt most.

The Sept. 11 attacks were the most ruthless so far in terms of casualties and diabolical sophistication. Accordingly, striking hard at terrorism must be a global task. But is war the proper way? Doubts abound.

In this case, (U.S. President George W.) Bush has singled out Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect, although investigators have yet to bring conclusive proof. Livid with anger and smarting from being humiliated at home, the American military and political machine is on a war footing.

In spearheading the battle against terrorism, the U.S. should show rationality, attentively listen to others views and think of means other than military.