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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:11 AM
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European Press Review: The Bolting of Washington's Horse
The Berliner Zeitung said the Americans must do more than talk on television. They have to show what the advantages of modernity are. And the paper listed them: compensation for the victims, a credible apology, and tough punishments for military crimes. But it added its a task for a hero, to maintain civil rights in the middle of a guerilla war. Youve got to keep your nerve when confronted with a faceless enemy, but, it concluded, without this heroism the American army will certainly fail."

According to the German Frankfurter Rundschau, the current US government media offensive is being carried out with the superficiality of an advertising campaign. The fact that the Pentagon leadership admits it hasnt read the newspaper reports is not just what the paper called the scandal after the scandal, but also a mockery of the victims. And the paper was amazed that Washington is sending a Major General from Guantanamo Bay to Iraq to investigate. What a signal, cried the paper.

The Financial Times in London placed the blame on those it claimed should take the rap. The responsibility goes to the very top of the defense establishment, it said. And that means: only the departure of the Secretary for Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, will convince public opinion around the world that Mr Bush is serious when he says Abu Ghraib is not the true face of America.

The Tages Anzeiger of Zurich agreed that Rumsfeld should either resign or be dismissed, but it didn't see that as likely. That would be too much to ask, it wrote, of a government whose pushy self-righteousness prevents it from admitting its mistakes. Resignation? Dismissal? Not a hope! it lamented.

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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:35 AM
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well stated.

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