Newspapers in the Arab world have given unprecedented coverage to the death and destruction in New York and Washington, with most devoting more than two-thirds of their publications to articles and debate about the attacks.
In the first days after the disaster, the papers were filled with expressions of sorrow and condolences. That is giving way to fears that all Muslims will be judged by the actions of a few and that, in retaliating against terrorism, the United States will fail to address the conditions that have created deep antipathy toward it.
The newspapers have complained in the past that the United States has not paid close attention to the Arab world and virtually ignored the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until Arab leaders were needed to form a coalition against terror.
Yesterday, papers from Egypt to the West Bank and Gaza included articles about how a war would affect their communities and whether life there would be left better or worse.
Most express reservations about the possible launching of a war by the United States. They urge Western leaders to re-evaluate their relations with the Muslim world and try to to understand why such deep divisions exist.
East JerusalemAmerica between demonstrating strength and displaying judgment
There isn't a rational person who doubts the strength of America, and there isn't a human being who denies that the world is living in America's moment. Therefore what is needed from Washington is a display of judgment, not of power.
Us ... and the American catastrophe
Thus far the U.S. has experimented with the policy of controlling peoples' destinies to serve their own interests. The result was this catastrophe for its policies and people. If the U.S. is truly interested in defeating terrorism it should look for its motivation and causes, for it is without the slightest doubt ingrained in oppression and double standards. It is specifically rooted in the Palestinian catastrophe. It is possible that this catastrophe will form the basis for a positive change which would no doubt bring goodness, comfort, security and peace to the peoples of the world, foremost of which would be the people of the United States of America.
The first war of the 21st century: Barren and expensive scenarios
Regardless of the scenario Washington adopts to fight terrorism, one thing that is clear is that the world is on the verge of a new world order. This order assumes that terrorism is the common enemy of the entire world. However, is this new order going to be better than the current one, and is it going to benefit Arabs and Muslims?
LebanonThe battlefield is no longer a geographic location Now, after the most brutal crime in New York and Washington, a new era of conflict has begun, but with one vital difference: the absence of the enemy's geographic element. This means that the battlefield is no longer clear or defined, and this causes a complicated problem for several reasons. First, for example, is that the enemy could be now only a few meters away from the Pentagon or the White House or anywhere else in America or other Western countries.
Ramallah, West BankThe Coalition against terrorism, a priority for Americans and Arabs It is true that the priority today appears to be a security solution but, and without justifying what happened, the political solution is more important. Combining security and politics is possible whereby terrorism would be fought and the Arabs would succeed in relaying their needs to that end. But this would require the Arabs to surpass their traditional positions and strive to become active. And it requires America not to stop at a security solution in its fight against terrorism, but to surpass itself, even once, and direct new dialogue toward the Arabs. ...
Bush: Slip of the tongue or tumble?
Waiting for the expected American military strike, what remains is to ensure the boundaries of this strike, in the absence of a fair and detailed investigation, and in the presence of what seems to be a personal vendetta between Bush and bin Laden, or between the strongest country in the world, the United States, and the weakest power on earth, Afghanistan. And if Bush's talk of the Crusades was a slip of the tongue, the fear is that he will fall in Afghanistan.
LondonThe attack on America: Calculating gains and losses Let the bloody Sept. 11 be a turning point in the history of the world and an end point to the eternal struggle in the Middle East. Will this hope be achieved, or will the result be what it usually is; the Palestinians being crushed more, the Arabs being humiliated and the Muslims' image being distorted?
(Egypt)Islamophobia ... and American revenge
Whoever committed the horrific attack on Tuesday 11 September against carefully selected targets representing the decision makers of the United States of America, and despite the motives and reasons behind the attack that achieved a strategic goal, it has unfortunately fallen back on us! We are paying the price out of our flesh, our dignity and our presence because of this attack that took place tens of thousands of miles away from us, because we were, and remain under suspicion. And according to the traditions of power, revenge will come first to regain the dignity and avenge the lost pride, then will come the investigation.
Amman, JordanWith life and people: Zion Crusades
If the 50 American experts that arrived in Pakistan decide the route is open to invade Afghanistan and find Osama bin Laden, then America has decided to die in Afghanistan's graveyard. Perhaps the cowboy didn't read the history books, and hasn't realized that the British, in their days of glory, tried to invade Afghanistan twice and lost 16,000 men. And of course the Americans remember how the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan ended, as they played a part in the Soviet's defeat. But they don't read.
Dubai, United Arab EmiratesThe American earthquake: Scenes haunted by devastation
The attack on the symbols of sovereignty and strength in the United States, and the killing of thousands of innocent civilians, and terrorizing millions of others, is not something easily dealt with.
It is without doubt a tremendous shock, even to us who are afflicted by the Israeli aggression and who are angry because that aggression takes place using American weapons with American support and justification.
However, the American political dialogue was not satisfied with the magnitude and severity of the event. It emphasized it as an attack against freedom, civilization, truth and justice, as stated by Secretary of State Colin Powell, representing an unjustifiable return to the terminology of the Cold War era.
I would like to point out that we usually take for granted that Americans and other Westerners generally place the blame on all Arabs and Muslims if someone associated with them commits an act anywhere in the world. And this is true because the explosions in New York and Washington, D.C., had barely happened before reverberations were quickly felt around the western world ... In Canada, a Muslim school was closed, a firebomb was thrown at a mosque in Australia, veiled women were physically attacked in London ... a Mosque was evacuated in Lisbon, and some Muslim Turks shaved their beards in Holland. And despite the relative success of Muslim organizations in the United States in pushing the American Administration to take a balanced position and to call out against attacks on Muslims and their mosques, and even though the mayor of New York provided them with protection, it wasn't enough to stop aggression against American Muslims and Arabs in general.
LebanonHas Washington decided to bring about the fall of the Taliban?
The American decision to overthrow the movement whose members were received in the White House in the early '80s as freedom fighters will not be easy for practical and political reasons. Indeed it might stir up some serious questions over the usefulness of such a war, and its real goal.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times