- RIYADH - Saudi newspapers
Saturday blasted the United States for describing Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon a "man of peace", saying this would only encourage
more massacres against Palestinians. "The former butcher of Sabra
and Shatila, and the current butcher of Jenin and Nablus ... has become
a man of peace," said Al-Watan in reference to Sharon. "It's
an irony that the executioner becomes a man of peace, and the victim becomes
a terrorist," the paper said in an editorial. White House spokesman
Ari Fleischer said Thursday that US President George W Bush believed that
Sharon was "committed to peace."
- The English-language Saudi Gazette questioned "Who
is the boss?" in Washington following US Secretary of State Colin
Powell's failure to force Israel to withdraw its troops from Palestinian
territories. "Ariel Sharon, the world's Arch Terrorist, has not only
snubbed US President Bush, who had called on Israel a week ago 'to stop
its attacks, and withdraw from the West Bank now, without delay,' but has
also added another massacre in Jenin. Although all these atrocities were
perpetrated by Sharon's troops, Bush's spokesman Ari Fleischer had the
audacity to describe him as 'a man of peace,'" the daily said.
- Al-Riyadh newspaper said the problem for not resolving
the Mideast conflict lay with Washington. "America, and not Israel,
is the problem, because anyone who reads Bush's statements finds that he
is the official spokesman for Tel Aviv. "Currently, Tel Aviv and Washington
are waging two wars: one using the tools of death and the other a psychological
war. Arabs pay the price in both wars," it charged. "Arabs' illusion
that America is a mediator and friend has evaporated with September 11.
What is happening now in Palestine is the beginning of a long revenge,"
against the Arabs, Al-Riyadh said.