Monitor All the News of the World; the Omagh Bomb US Missile Attacks President Clinton's Confession A-Level Results Glenn Hoddle's Book the X-Files

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Monitor All the News of the World; the Omagh Bomb US Missile Attacks President Clinton's Confession A-Level Results Glenn Hoddle's Book the X-Files


US MISSILE ATTACKS

Reaction to yesterday's missile attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for terrorist bombings in Africa

The Washington Post

US

THE UNITED States was correct to send its military forces into action against terrorist bases in Afghanistan and Sudan yesterday. The bombing two weeks ago of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 250 people and injured thousands more was an act of war. It is not the kind of war many Americans grew up with, in which one country invades another, but it is war nonetheless.

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Financial Times

UK

THERE CAN be no denying that this is a gamble of considerable proportions for President Bill Clinton. Committing violence deep inside a distant state is not an action to be undertaken lightly. The risks are obvious: of something going militarily wrong; of a political backlash in the Islamic world; of an escalating war in which many more innocent lives are lost. The only question is whether the threat posed by the terrorists to US and international security is large and imminent enough to justify running such risks.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

US

IT IS tempting, in light of President Clinton's fall from public grace earlier this week, to deduce that the strikes were planned as a powerful ploy to shift domestic opinion and shore up America's damaged reputation abroad. But Mr Clinton declared that the strikes were planned and executed for more important reasons and, this time, we must take him at his word.

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Chicago Tribune

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LET'S BE sober about what has been achieved. Twelve years ago, the US launched a bombing raid on Libya. It succeeded in quieting Col Moammar Gadhafi for a time - but he's still around, still a sponsor of world terrorism. The missile assault on bin Laden's operation may well chill his efforts for a time but won't reverse the course of terrorism. As for timing, for now we'll take on faith that the president's domestic troubles had no impact on this initiative. To think otherwise is chilling in itself.

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The Guardian

UK

FOR MR Clinton the firm action against those who have taken American and other lives is a clear way of demonstrating that the institution of the US presidency is about much more than the first DNA test taken at the White House.

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Daily Mail

UK

IN PROMOTING favourites Mr Blair has done nothing that many of his predecessors have not done: prime ministers have a natural urge to have those they know and trust about them. Indeed, this can make for effective government. But if pursued too relentlessly, cronyism can cocoon a leader from political reality and rob the government of talent. Mr Blair may not have crossed this line with his changes. Nonetheless, he has strayed close to it.

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Detroit News Chronicle

US

AMERICA'S TERRORIST enemies do need to understand that America's domestic differences stop at the water's edge. When talk of impeachment was gathering strength during the Nixon administration in 1973, for example, a new Arab- Israeli war broke out, with the Soviet Union threatening to involve itself. Yet America rallied to Israel's defense. Likewise, this President's political and legal difficulties should not be read by others as a license to make America a target. The US, as a constitutional democracy, is bigger and more formidable than any one man, including the President himself.

Murdered for living in peace

THE BOMBING OF OMAGH

Opinions on the bombing by the Real IRA of a small market town, which left 28 dead and 330 injured.

The Boston Globe

US

THE WORST terrorist attack in 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland gets its special horror from the indiscriminate nature of the killings. The town of Omagh, 50 miles west of Belfast, is a relatively integrated community, with Catholics and Protestants striving to live together.

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