The Note

The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes "appeasement" is not an option in the war on terror. "So the terrorists will conclude that, with an investment of only a dozen backpack bombs, they were able to rout a major power. They are sure to try the same thing elsewhere in Europe, and almost certainly between now and the November elections in the U.S. We doubt that an America that has already endured 9/11 would react as the Spanish have, but now is the time for President Bush to begin preparing the public for the worst."

The New York Times' David Brooks suggests that this is not the last of Al Qaeda's politically motivated attacks "after all, how often have murderers altered a democratic election? And having done it once, why stop now?"LINK

The New York Times' Paul Krugman posits "that Mr. Bush, while eager to invoke 9/11 on behalf of an unrelated war, has shown consistent reluctance to focus on the terrorists who actually attacked America, or their backers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan." LINK

Hans Blix said of the Bush Administration: 'They wanted to come to the conclusion that there were weapons' and indicated that they were not interested in hearing that there may be evidence to the contrary, writes Warren Hoge of the New York Times. LINK

ABC News-TIME Magazine-BBC: "Iraq: Where Things Stand":

There is something in here for everyone — supporters and critics of the war and the president alike.

ABC News released an enormously interesting and important new poll of the Iraqi people. It's among the first of its kind, and the first done for a media entity. It is likely to stir the debate rather than settle it, but it provides policy makers with a broad and accurate sense of what the Iraqi people believe about the war, the occupation, and their future.

Among the key findings:

"The poll finds that 78 percent of Iraqis reject violence against coalition forces, although 17 percent — a sixth of the population — call such attacks "acceptable." One percent, for comparison, call it acceptable to attack members of the new Iraqi police." LINK

"Worries exist — locally about joblessness, nationally about security — boosting desires for a "single strong leader," at least in the short-term. Yet the first media-sponsored national public opinion poll in Iraq also finds a strikingly optimistic people, expressing growing interest in politics, broad rejection of political violence, rising trust in the Iraqi police and army and preference for an inclusive and democratic government."

"More Iraqis say the United States was right than say it was wrong to lead the invasion, but by just 48 to 39 percent, with 13 percent expressing no opinion — hardly the unreserved welcome some U.S. policymakers had anticipated."

"As many Iraqis say the war 'humiliated' Iraq as say it 'liberated' the country; more oppose than support the presence of coalition forces there now (although most also say they should stay for the time being); and relatively few express confidence in those forces, in the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, or in the Iraqi Governing Council.

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