EU Poll: USA, Israel Biggest Threat to World Peace, Security

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  1. TigerO




    EU poll: Israel 'biggest threat' to world peace

    U.S. beats out 'axis of evil' in causing global instability

    Over half of Europeans think Israel poses the "biggest threat to world peace," according to a controversial poll commissioned by the European Commission.

    The same survey has the United States beating out Iran, Iraq and North Korea – the trio dubbed the "axis of evil" by President George W. Bush – as well as Afghanistan in a ranking of what countries contribute most to world instability." ...

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    May 27 2004

    Amnesty gives Bush a roasting

    By Gary Jones

    PRESIDENT Bush was accused yesterday of making the world a more dangerous place.

    Amnesty International attacked the American-led war on terror, claiming it had led to the worst human rights abuses in 50 years.

    In one of its hardest-hitting annual reports, Amnesty's secretary-general Irene Khan said: "The global security agenda promoted by the US administration is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle.

    "Violating rights at home, turning a blind eye to abuses abroad and using pre-emptive military force where and when it chooses has damaged justice and freedom and made the world a more dangerous place."

    The 340-page report listed the alleged abuses by the US and its allies against prisoners in Iraq, Cuba and Afghanistan. Ms Khan said Amnesty wrote letters to the British and US governments a year ago, reporting torture, ill-treatment and deaths in custody in Iraq.

    She added: "We have some form of response from the British and none to this date from the Americans. It seems that accountability in Washington DC is better generated by Kodak."

    She said the world should have expected the shock photos of prisoners being tortured at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

    "This is the logical consequence of the relentless pursuit of the war on terror since September 11. It is the result of the US seeking to put itself outside the ambit of judicial scrutiny."

    In a further swipe at the Bush administration, she said: "The US has lost its high moral ground and its ability to lead on peace and elsewhere.

    "It is the natural outcome of the policy, openly followed by the US administration, to pick and choose which bits of international law it will apply and when."

    Amnesty also condemned al-Qaeda's "callous, cruel and criminal attacks".

    It said the effect of terrorist strikes and countries' violations of rights was to create the most serious assault on rights and humanitarian law in half a century and make "a world of growing mistrust, fear and division"."



  3. Actually, they could be right. The existance of Israel is a threat to "world peace" because the arabs just can't get it through their heads that it has a right to exist. That's no fault of Israel's though.
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    "Terror label 'astonishes' Israel
    From correspondents in Jerusalem
    May 28, 2004

    ISRAEL'S Infrastructure Minister said today he was "astonished" when Turkey's prime minister labelled Israel a terrorist state during a meeting in Ankara.

    But Joseph Paritzky said the tough words by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would not weaken the strong military and economic ties between Israel and its sole Muslim ally.

    Paritzky said he considered walking out of a meeting with Erdogan on Tuesday after the Turkish leader labelled Israel's actions in the Palestinian territories terrorism. Erdogan also declined an invitation to visit the Jewish state.

    "The problem is that the basic concept astonished me," Paritzky told Israel Radio. "To consider Israel a terrorist state, not to understand the fact that we are defending ourselves against terror ... this amazed me.

    "I am very sad to see the charismatic, intelligent leader of a friendly country compare us to terror organisations," he added.

    Paritzky said he responded with a "a tough long monologue" in Israel's defence.

    Yesterday, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said he was considering upgrading Turkey's diplomatic representation to the Palestinian territories by appointing an ambassador, and hinted he might recall the Turkish ambassador to Israel for consultations in protest at Israeli actions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Gul said today that Turkey was considering recalling its ambassador in Tel Aviv and consul-general in Jerusalem to Ankara for "one or two days".

    He said Turkey's criticisms of Israeli policies were "the warnings of a friend".

    "We want to maintain healthy relations with Israel, but we say that their policies are wrong," Gul told the NTV television network.

    In an apparent reference to Israel, General Ilker Basbug, deputy head of the Turkish military, said today that in the context of Israeli-Palestinian violence, "attitudes of certain countries play a big role in the creation of terrorism".

    Despite the criticism, Paritzky said Erdogan indicated he would send Gul on a visit to Israel "if the situation calms down" and spoke of strengthening the countries' economic ties.

    "I asked sarcastically, 'Are you making deals with a terrorist nation?'" Paritzky said. "He (Erdogan) smiled and didn't answer."

    Bilateral trade between Israel and Turkey reached $US1.2 billion ($1.7 billion) in 2002, and Turkey has bought $US3 billion ($4.26 billion) worth of Israeli weapons since 1996. Turkey is also a top foreign holiday destination, visited by some 300,000 Israelis a year.

    While in Ankara, Paritzky oversaw the signing of a $US800 million ($1.13 billion) deal for the construction of three natural gas power stations in Israel between Israel's Dorad Energies Ltd and Turkey's Zorlu Holding. Turkey also recently signed a deal to sell water to Israel.

    "Our relationship with Turkey is one that is based on very simple, concrete things," Amos Yaron, director-general of Israel's Defence Ministry, told Israel Radio. "There are far-reaching strategic understandings between us and the Turks.",4057,9682050%5E1702,00.html