August 14, 2002

CONTAGION :

Arab anger limits US battle strategy : Arab allies--including Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia--are increasingly critical of US plans for attacking Iraq. (Philip Smucker, 8/14/02, The Christian Science Monitor)
Arab opposition to a US-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein is growing so significantly that it may change the shape of potential US plans to launch an attack against Iraq, Western and Middle Eastern analysts say. [...]

Nabil Osman, a senior adviser to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, insists that a US-led attack against Iraq could plunge the entire region into chaos and provide what he calls "ammunition to terrorists."

"The ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel has created one big headline in the region: It reads: 'Injustice!' and Washington should not ignore that," he says. "If the US wants to safeguard its own interests it must address these tensions first - especially if it wants to be seen as an honest peace broker in the region."


Global warmth for U.S. after 9/11 turns to frost : Military plans repulse even European allies (Ellen Hale, 8/14/02, USA TODAY)
In the shock wave that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, many Americans found themselves asking why so many people in Muslim countries hate the United States. But the anti-American sentiment has turned into a contagion that is spreading across the globe and infecting even the United States' most important allies.

In virulent prose, newspapers criticize the United States. Politicians ferociously attack its foreign policies, especially the Bush administration's plans to attack Iraq. And regular citizens launch into tirades with American friends and visitors.


It seems difficult to draw any other conclusion from all the stories like these two than that one of the main sources of anti-Americanism is anti-Zionism, if not actual anti-Semitism. The calls we hear to settle the Palestinian issue before dealing with Saddam seem to be nothing more than demands that we reign in Israel and tell them to give in to Palestinian demands. After all, it's not as if we hear Arabs and Europeans telling Arafat to stop the bombings of innocent civilians in Israel. Why should we take their avowed concerns over "tensions" in the region seriously if they themselves are doing nothing to alleviate them?
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2002 8:16 PM
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