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US should go for justice not revenge: UAE dailies

posted on 27/09/2001: 1552 views

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A number of major UAE dailies today commented on the statement issued yesterday by Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in which he urged the United States not to act in haste and to give diplomacy and legal means every opportunity before launching a military strike on Afghanistan. 'As preparations for the strikes on the perpetrators and supporters of the attacks on New York and Washington go ahead, it is vital that the case for justice wins over the need for revenge,' commented the Dubai-based 'Gulf News'. The paper said that there is no doubt that the killing of many thousands of innocent lives was a shattering outrage, but it deserves the full might of the law to be brought against the people who did it, rather than a military strike against people who may or may not have been involved. The paper said with US President, George W. Bush announcing several times that the war was coming and that it will be a different kind of war than any previous one. 'What he means by that is not clear, and as the statements come out from the investigators, doubts are increasing,' the paper said, quoting the statementby Sheikh Mohammed in which he said he was worried about a hasty US military action as information about the perpetrators of the crime.. included many contradictions, like names of people who have been proven to be innocent.

The Sharjah-based 'The Gulf Today' urged America to listen to the voices of the UAE leadership. 'At a time when emotions were running high across the US following the September11 outrageous attacks, President George W. Bush has to show restraint,' the paper said, adding that to a great extent he has done that by building a coalition to fight terrorism. 'But still he needs to involve the United Nations,' the paper said. The paper said that Sheikh Mohammed had urged the US to pause for reflection and give chance to diplomacy and all legal means before it resorts to military actions. 'Sheikh Mohammed has expressed his worries that a war against Afghanistan could trigger a human catastrophe affecting millions of people,' the paper said, adding that Sheikh Mohammed had asked the world community to make a difference between terrorism and the right of people, like Palestinians, to resist occupation of their land.

The Dubai based Arabic daily 'Al Bayan' urged the international community to act swiftly to address the catastrophic situation of the Afghan refugees in the light of the tense situation in that impoverished country as the Americans prepare to unleash military strikes on Afghanistan. 'The directives given by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister to the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity Organisation to send urgent relief supplies to Afghanistan to help alleviate the sufferings of the Afghanis came at the right time,' the paper said, adding that that gesture was a generous initiative which should be added to numerous initiatives by the UAE, which is always in the forefront in any good work and in the efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the needy worldwide. The paper said that the difficult situation in which the Afghan refugees were now going through now and the waves of mass exodus by the Afghan people fleeing the imminent US military strikes demands from all and sundry to quickly send relief assistance to the refugees if human catastrophe was to be averted. The paper said that the world had united to wage war on terrorism for which the United States had rallied international support to get rid of the phenomenon, which had plagued a number of countries. 'Inspite of all these, we need to keep in mind the plight of the victims of this military operation, which, in this case, are the Afghan refugees, who are now in dire need of international relief assistance more than ever before,' the paper said. It adding that the world should not focus on war while forgetting the plight of the Afghan refugees.


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