Kenyan newspapers pre-occupied with terrorist attacks on US

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan newspapers have been awash with reports, commentaries and analyses with back-up illustrations, on Tuesday's terrorist attacks on United States.
The country's three prominent newspapers - The Daily Nation, The East African Standard and the People - unequivocally condemned the attacks just as they raised questions about Washington's recent security and political positions and how they impinge on world peace.
The People, which credits itself with "Fair, Frank and Fearless" reporting, said the attacks could not be totally detached from the increasing arrogance demonstrated by the George W.
Bush Administration which, it says, had never been seen since the Second World War.
"The American President is in fact strongly driving his country into isolation and in the process, making it vulnerable to all forms of attacks and insults," the paper argues.
It faults Bush's attitude prior to, during and after the UN Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, a week ago, saying it left a lot to be desired.
Furthermore, the US President has repeatedly stated that he would only show interest in issues that affect Americans domestically.
"Such reckless remarks and attitudes only make the only superpower acquire more enemies and one can safely guess that Bush is gaining Washington more foes than before," the People says, adding however, that this is no justification for such terror.
It urged the US to rethink its relationship with the rest of the world so that it does not drive itself into a pariah.
In a similar tone, the Daily Nation says although some Kenyans may sympathise with Palestinians in their struggle against America's ally Israel, no cause can validate the type of violence witnessed Tuesday in New York and Washington D.
The paper suggests that the terror unleashed on the American cities could have been engineered by frustration over the biased roles of the US in favour of Israel in the Middle East conflict, which had gained momentum with the Bush administration.
"As long there was a Democrat in the White House, this balance was maintained even when an extreme right-wing government, Binyamin Netanyahu's, ruled Israel.
"The balance was upset only when two swashbuckling right- wingers took over simultaneously both at the White House and in Jerusalem," the Daily Nation says.
It adds that by now, it would have dawned on the US that her awesome military power and the million-eyed optics that protect it no longer provide fool-proof security guarantee.
"What these terrorists achieved yesterday (Tuesday) shows that the global policeman must begin to police the world more with brain than .
with brawn," it says.
The paper also notes that the horrendous attacks only prove the futility of terrorism as a weapon for demanding redress.
"It was abhorrently savage and will only succeed in further alienating the forces dedicated to reasonable ways of ensuring justice in the world," it says, appealing to Washington not to submit to terrorism.
"It would be a dark day indeed for the world when nations become hostage to such merchants of death," the Nation warned.
In its comment, the East African Standard focuses on the US security and defence systems, expressing doubts that the massive attack on New York and Washington D.
could not have been achieved by external forces alone without strong backup from within.
The paper wonders whether, the prime suspect, Osama Bin Laden, who along with the hard-line Taliban regime, were created in the days of the Soviets in Afghanistan in which Washington played a pivotal role, could have organised a terror operation of such magnitude.
"Why is it that planes which were headed for different cities were diverted to New York and Washington D.
without air traffic officials raising the alarm.
How did they get weapons into the aircraft"? it queried.
It says the President and the American people must address the reality that they failed to deter mass murder of Americans and other nationals and the destruction of its landmarks.
Even the so-called Missile Defence System the government has been contemplating would have been completely useless in Tuesday's terror, it says, stressing: "The best strategy against terror is for the peace-loving world to unite against and isolate terrorists".

13 september 2001 16:37:00

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