On Iraq, terrorism and presidential elections

What others say

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2004

Though U.S. President George W. Bush's approval rating has been falling lately, the Kerry camp has also been unable to truly inspire voters. The selection of John Edwards as the junior member of the Democratic ticket may very well enliven the race.

Obviously, a key focus in this campaign is Iraq. Both Kerry and Edwards cast affirmative votes in the Senate ballot that granted President Bush the authority to wage war in that country. While the Kerry camp sharply criticizes the actions of the current administration in isolating the United States in the global community and persistently stresses the importance of international cooperation in such matters, Kerry is not diametrically opposed to the war itself.

To do battle against Bush, who has opened deep rifts across the United States through his neoconservative policies and the Iraq war, Kerry is intent on retaking the White House on a strategy firmly rooted in the call for unity.

For people around the world who harbor serious doubts about the road traveled by the United States in the early days of the 21st century, this campaign promises to be as riveting as it is vital for the future of the international community.

Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo - July 11

Newsweek writes that U.S. authorities are considering new legislation in the event that the presidential elections have to be postponed in November because of a terrorist attack.

Even mere preparation of postponement is a wildly exaggerated response. At the same time, the United States is urging the Iraqi government not to postpone the planned elections in the chaotic country in January.

Attacks in Iraq happen every day the United States, on the other hand, has not once been targeted since 9/11. The logic simply falters. Or has the possibility of a terrorist attack against the United States suddenly increased?

That's the impression one gets when listening to President Bush's rhetoric. But on the other hand, Bush's image leans on a perceived determination in the war on terrorism, and that's where his popularity comes from.

During the campaign, it's in his interest to bring a possible terrorist threat to the foreground ... he will not mind frequent headlines about possible terrorist threats.

Hufvudstadsbladet, Helsinki, Finland - July 13

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