Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Another Foreign Leader for Kerry

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is scheduled to visits your preznit in two weeks:
[Note: I changed the link to a subscription-free source.]

"[T]he United Nations was effectively sidelined in March 2003, when the United States and its coalition partners decided to unilaterally invade and occupy Iraq," he said.

"This episode shattered the confidence of the world's people in the inviolability of national sovereignty."

Abdullah said the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States showed that groups and individuals could gain destructive capabilities previously restricted to governments, and described the empowerment of terrorists through modern technology and communications as "without doubt an unanticipated byproduct of globalisation".

"The experiences since September 11 brought to the fore another realisation, and that is the inadequacy of military action alone as a means of destroying the terrorist networks," Abdullah said.

"The fight against terrorism is also a battle for the minds of the perpetrators," he said. "Terrorism will not disappear if the methods used to hunt down terrorists lead to the breeding of new recruits."

Note that Prime Minister Badawi recently succeeded longtime Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, an incendiary critic of the West and Jews.