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Old 11-03-04, 05:05 PM
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World leaders hail Bush's re-election, call for healing of global divisions over Iraq


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World leaders rushed to congratulate US President George W. Bush on his re-election to a second four-year term and pledged cooperation with Washington to heal deep divisions over a host of international issues, notably Iraq and the Middle East.

In Brussels, the European Union's executive arm extended "warm congratulations" to Bush on his re-election and pledged Europe's renewed commitment to the transatlantic link.

EU nations were deeply split over Washington's unilateralist policies, notably on Iraq, in Bush's first term in office, but are now coming together to work for the shattered country's reconstruction.

"The United States and the European Union are linked by strong cultural, economic and political ties, and by our shared values. This makes us each other's natural and indispensable partners," said Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who holds the EU's rotating presidency.

"Together, Europe and the United States face many critical challenges in the years ahead. As in the past, our best hope for success lies in common action," EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana said in a statement.

Congratulatory messages also poured in from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and leaders from Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland and South Africa among others.

Annan said through his spokesman that he was "committed to continuing to work with President Bush and his administration on the whole range of issues facing the United Nations and the world."

Relations between Annan and Bush have been less than easy at times, particularly since the Iraq war, which Annan described as illegal, as it was waged without a UN green light.

French President Jacques Chirac, a strong opponent of the US-led war in Iraq, expressed hope that Bush's second term "will provide an opportunity to reinforce France-American friendship" and the transatlantic partnership.

"On behalf of France, and on my personal behalf, I would like to express to you my most sincere congratulations for your re-election to the presidency of the United States of America," Chirac wrote in a letter to Bush. "I hope that your second term will provide an opportunity to reinforce the Franco-American friendship."

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who also clashed with Bush over Iraq, voiced hope that his country would continue its "good cooperation" with the United States.

Many countries remain worried about Bush's foreign policy and its implications for the Middle East, if he is re-elected, especially given fears of international terrorism.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said from Bonn that he hoped the new US government "would help to bring peace to the Middle East".

Speaking before Bush's re-election was confirmed, Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said he hoped nothing would change in the role the US-led coalition plays in Iraq whoever won the election.

"Whoever is the winner will be our friend. The United States has liberated us from a dictator and a very long period of war and agony," Allawi told the Italian daily La Repubblica ahead of a visit to Italy Thursday.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a wary neighbor of Iraq, expressed hope that the Bush re-election would contribute to world peace.

In Madrid, Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said his government "wishes to contribute to effective and constructive cooperation with the Bush government."

Zapatero, who took office last April, reversed his conservative predecessor Jose Maria Aznar's policy of strong support for the US intervention in Iraq and withdrew the troops Aznar had sent to Iraq in August last year.

King Mohammed VI of Morocco, a strong US ally, hailed Bush's victory, pledging to work with him to enhance the "remarkable quality of the strategic partnership that unites our two countries" while also expressing hope for "a new international order that is safer, more balanced, more fair and more human", the Map news agency reported.

In Israel, a top foreign policy adviser said: "Israel and the free world has every reason to rejoice over this result."

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in hospital outside Paris, said he hoped Bush's re-election would help jumpstart the Middle East peace process, one of his aides told AFP.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who hosted an EU-US summit during Ireland's presidency of the EU earlier this year, said it was important to maintain a strong transatlantic relationship and to "work together across the range of issues that face the international community at this time".

"The Americans have made a clear choice," Portuguese Foreign Minister Antonio Monteiro told national news agency Lusa. "For Portugal there is no change. We would work with any US administration although with this one we have come to establish a very close working relationship."

In Italy, President Carlo Ciampi reaffirmed the need for renewing "the spirit of transatlantic solidarity " because "terrorism is far from weakened."

"Italy is at the side of the United States in ...the struggle against the common enemy, in the determination to work together for the security of our nations and the stability of world ordert," he said in his message to Bush.

Russian President Vladimir Putin described a Bush win as a victory over terror.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said Wednesday he would be telephoning Bush to congratulate him but would also raise some bilateral problems.

Speaking to reporters after meeting with his Liberal Party members of parliament, Martin said he would specifically be raising US restrictions on the imports of Canadian softwood lumber and beef.

He added that he would also bring up multilateral issues, especially "the need for a new multilateralism" -- an apparent reference to Bush's tendency in his first term to act alone, without securing United Nations support.

South African President Thabo Mbeki said through a spokesman that he was "looking forward to continuing to work with President Bush to deal with the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment and to continue to co-operate on other bilateral issues."
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Re: World leaders hail Bush's re-election, call for healing of global divisions over Iraq

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World leaders rushed to congratulate US President George W. Bush on his re-election to a second four-year term
"Remember what I said ... back when ... I was <i>kidding</i>! I'm so happy you won. please don't hurt me"

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World leaders hail Bush's re-election.

Translation: It sucks that you've re-elected that halfwit nincompoop but we can't really say how we feel publicly.
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Originally posted by eXcentris
World leaders hail Bush's re-election.

Translation: It sucks that you've re-elected that halfwit nincompoop but we can't really say how we feel publicly.
I am slightly mistrustful of their sincerity, but maybe Kerry didn't have the world backing he claimed.
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Nah, I'm pretty sure he did.

Most world leaders know they have to work together though. There is no point in being bitter.
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This is great. Instead of Kerry going to the world leaders, we have the world leaders coming to Bush.
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This is great. Instead of Kerry going to the world leaders, we have the world leaders coming to Bush.
but, I thought Bush was stupid and dumb and rest of the world leaders are brilliant, especially France
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I hope W opens a can of whoop-ass on the French government.
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Originally posted by Myster X
but, I thought Bush was stupid and dumb and rest of the world leaders are brilliant, especially France
Actually this week, Bush is alternately an evil criminal mastermind who sends US troops to their death in order to get oil and a corporate puppet who steals money from starving poor people to give to his corporate friends as tax breaks.
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Originally posted by evitagen
This is great. Instead of Kerry going to the world leaders, we have the world leaders coming to Bush.
What did you think would happen exactly?
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As the old saying goes, international diplomacy is the fine art of saying "Nice Doggy" until you can find a big enough stick. I know Paul Martin (Canada's PM) at the very least was sucking up because his predecessor's frosty relations with Bush have been blamed for a whole slew of protectionist trade restrictions that the U.S. slapped on Canada over the last few years. (e.g. Softwood Lumber, Live Cattle, etc.) Those, and perhaps the new missile defense plans, would be the "bilateral problems" he plans to discuss with Bush. Martin has to walk the fine line of looking friendly without looking like a boot-licker. Tough job!

I'm sure a lot of international leaders are trying to do something similar. On matters of principle, it appears that most people in foreign countries disapprove of Bush's past actions, but they see friendly relations with the U.S. to be of greater importance since business is business, and doing business with the U.S. is often quite difficult to avoid. (Especially in Canada)

Personally, I consider this election to be a validation of Bush's actions. Before, it was unclear if the man was ever actually elected and his actions certainly weren't predictable, so we could blame the administration alone for anything we disapproved of. Ergo the formerly predominant international opinion, "We like americans, but not Bush". Now the onus is firmly on the U.S. public. It will be interesting to see if this changes relations at all. Whereas before it would have been illogical, I am now considering boycotting goods from pro-Bush states whenever possible. (I don't think I could give up american movies because of politics! Thank heavens California was pro-Kerry!) Others might simply boycott anything and everything from the entire U.S.. However, given that most people don't really care that much about U.S. politics (here at least), I doubt the U.S. economy will suffer much.

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The US is still the Money Train, and guess who's coming to dinner to congratulate.
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I am now considering boycotting goods from pro-Bush states whenever possible. (I don't think I could give up american movies because of politics! Thank heavens California was pro-Kerry!) Others might simply boycott anything and everything from the entire U.S.. However, given that most people don't really care that much about U.S. politics (here at least), I doubt the U.S. economy will suffer much.
As a fellow Canadian I think this is really silly.
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I am slightly mistrustful of their sincerity, but maybe Kerry didn't have the world backing he claimed.
Do you really expect them to tell any newly-(re)elected American president to piss off? They'd congratulate us if we elected Ann Coulter president(ess).

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As a fellow Canadian I think this is really silly.
I agree it's quite silly to expect such an action to actually accomplish anything. However, I never said I did expect it to. I'm considering it simply as a matter of principle. (i.e. Don't worry about what is possible. Just do what you can.)
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They'd congratulate us if we elected Ann Coulter president(ess).
Shit, dude, a cold chill ran down my spine as I read that. Please, never put that in print again, not even in jest.
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but, I thought Bush was stupid and dumb and rest of the world leaders are brilliant, especially France
no, Bush is stupid and dumb and some world leaders are brilliant, but not France.
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