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Editorialists worldwide on the war

Salon has an interesting collection of editorials from around the world, talking about the U.S.’s declaration of war. The Israeli commentator suggests that the countries opposed to the war are merely envious of U.S. might:

For a short moment, following 9/11, it had seemed that the nations of the world planned to join forces in the battle against global terrorism. But with time, it transpired that selfish concerns of certain states — in particular, the temptation to gnaw at the puissance of a wounded superpower — have overcome even the universal interest in stripping a tyrant like Saddam Hussein of his ability to strike.

The Jordanian writer isn’t so sure:

No Jordanian, no Arab has ever bought, even for one single second, Bush’s blabbering about bringing democracy to this region. A democratic government in Baghdad would reflect people’s anger and revulsion against U.S. policies, and translate it into policies.

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