10
Nov
06

World Leaders Optimistic

A plethora of world leaders called U.S. President George W. Bush’s defeat in congressional elections a victory for peace and social justice throughout the world.

Europe’s Reaction

Reuters:

European politicians who opposed the U.S.-led war in Iraq say they feel vindicated by the Democrats’ victory in U.S. mid-term elections and the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The reaction across the continent ranged from unrestrained gloating to diplomatic tiptoeing. But the bottom-line message to President George W. Bush over his Iraq campaign was: “We told you so”.

“The king has no clothes,” said Pino Sgobio, lower house whip of a communist party in Prime Minister Romano Prodi’s centre-left coalition. “These elections have certified the failure of six years of (U.S.) foreign and military policy.”

The great loser is President Bush, and, especially, his foreign policy,” Jose Blanco, the party’s Organization Secretary, said on a blog.

“(Americans now) realize that invasions like that of Iraq don’t get rid of the radicals, but have precisely the opposite effect.”

Germany’s Greens party, a junior partner in the Berlin government at the time of the invasion and now in opposition, seemed to reflect the view of many leftist parties.

“The (election) will put a strong damper on the one-sided and dogmatic policies of George W. Bush…This was the bill to the White House for their disaster in Iraq,” Juergen Trittin, deputy head of Greens’ parliamentarians, told N24 television.

Al-Qaeda

Reuters:

Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, said in the recording posted on the Internet on Friday that the group has 12,000 armed fighters and 10,000 others waiting to be equipped to fight U.S. troops in Iraq.

“I tell the lame duck (U.S. administration) do not rush to escape as did your defense minister … stay on the battleground,” he said.

Stung by a “thumping” defeat at Tuesday’s Congressional elections, President Bush said Rumsfeld had resigned because there was need for “fresh perspective in Iraq.”

bu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, said in the recording posted on the Internet on Friday that the group has 12,000 armed fighters and 10,000 others waiting to be equipped to fight U.S. troops in Iraq.

“I tell the lame duck (U.S. administration) do not rush to escape as did your defense minister … stay on the battleground,” he said.


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