LOCAL Chinese dailies have condemned the United States for leading its allies in waging a war against Iraq, saying that this act of folly will have serious repercussions on world politics irrespective of the outcome.
In their editorials, Nanyang Siang Pau and Sin Chew Daily unanimously described the war against Iraq as a war of injustice, a war started by the United States without authorisation by the United Nations.
Unlike the war against Iraq in 1991, failure of the United States and its ally Britain to get UN authorisation meant that the current military action against Iraq is without cause. They are thus condemned in the strongest terms by nations worldwide, Nanyang said in its editorial.
Judging from President George W. Bushs statement that the ally forces wanted to occupy Iraq, it was obvious that the war was intended to alter the political map of West Asia that would have far-reaching global effects in terms of politics and economy, said the editorial.
The fact that some European states including Germany and Belgium are opposing the war indicates that irrespective of the outcome of the war, the United States will lose some of its European allies after the war and experience political changes in Europe that may threaten Nato, said the editorial.
Sin Chew said the United States was acting like a big bully when it declared war with Iraq without endorsement from the UN.
The United States has not won the hearts and support of the people around the world in its war against Iraq. Even if it emerges as a victor and succeeds in establishing new world order through this war, the United States will lose more friends than winning new ones, said the editorial.