I don’t understand why Chimpy is wasting everyone’s time at the UN. If his speech yesterday was desinged for public consumption then few saw it, there was nothing new in it, and his usual, plodding, semi-literate delivery would not excite anyone with half a brain and a pulse over 20 beats per minute.
If his speech was aimed at the people of the Middle East it was yet anothermiserable failure.
Arab commentators have dismissed US President George W. Bush’s appeal for democracy directly to the people of the region as a patronising and doomed effort to give a new face to Washington’s reviled policies.
The Lebanese daily As-Safir noted that Bush “used his speech to address the Lebanese people, whose country he hopes to turn into a model of democracy.”
“But when you see what is happening in Iraq, this word translates into bloodshed, violence and civil war,” read an article entitled “Bush the Inquisitor Divides World Between Good and Evil.”
Taher Adwan, editor-in-chief of the independent Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm, lashed out at what he said was Bush’s patronising tone.
“US President George W. Bush appeared yesterday like a school teacher admonishing and threatening his students while they, the pupils, unable to respond directly to him, pledged to themselves to continue challenging him,” he said.
“President Bush cannot be seen as the leader of the world,” Adwan added.
“And when Bush talks about the Middle East we feel deep concern about the future and more so about the future of the United Nations because Washington has proved that it is an expert in launching wars and crises and unable to make a single peace in the Middle East,” he said.
The Egyptian daily Roz al-Yusef, which has close links to the regime, said Bush’s speech would only fuel Muslim anger against the West.
“Through their fascist and violent remarks,” the US president and the pope have both chosen “the camp of irresponsibility and recklessness,” the newspaper wrote.
Egyptian political analyst Diaa Rashwan argued that Bush was “trying to give his failed regional policies a more human and maybe more pragmatic face.”
“In general, his speech was more moderate than others he has given on the region… but I don’t think people and even officials will be easily convinced by such speeches,” he added.