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Foreign Leaders OK with Bush Win; Hollywood Less So  | e-mail post

It just doesn't seem like the world is that broken up about a Bush victory, contrary to what many Kerry supporters suggested prior to the election. [Reuters via Yahoo] A few snippets:
Putin said victory for Bush meant the United States had not allowed itself to be cowed by terrorists. "I can only feel joy that the American people did not allow itself to be intimidated, and made the most sensible decision," he told a Kremlin news conference.

[Italian PM] Berlusconi, also in Moscow, said: "Bush will continue with the policy that assigns the United States the role of defender and promoter of freedom and democracy."

[Polish] President Aleksander Kwasniewski said that on terrorism Bush "is a very decisive leader who is right, simply right" and that continued cooperation with him was "really good news."

"We are going to work with the new U.S. administration," [French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier] said. "We have many things to do, both on the current crises -- in Iraq, the Middle East, Iran, the fate of the African continent -- and to renovate the transatlantic relationship."

German Interior Minister Otto Schily said: "Despite the issue of our differing positions in the past, we all have to contribute to ensuring that the situation in Iraq stabilizes."

Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik spoke for several countries [which apparently Reuters couldn't find] when he said: "I hope that (Bush) will try to build bridges ... and do more to cooperate via international organizations."

Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra saw Bush's Republicans as more "outward looking" than the Democrats and said a Bush victory would be better for free trade.

Even in the Middle East, Farid Al-Khazin, political science professor at the American University of Beirut, said: "Continuity in policy at time of war is going to be crucial and I think re-election of Bush is far better."
Of course, not all Arabic people are so sanguine about Bush's victory:
Khaled Maeena, editor of Saudi newspaper Arab News, said: "Four more years means (Bush) will be relentless in fighting so-called terrorism. More innocent people will be victims ... All the Saudis I've seen so far are disappointed."
"So-called terrorism"? No comment.

On the other hand, my friend in LA forwarded me this message which showed up in his e-mail:

Wednesday November 3rd ~ WAR WITHOUT END? NOT IN OUR NAME!
Rally in Hollywood at 6:00 PM, March at 6:30

Where: Intersection of Hollywood Blvd & Argyle Metro station, across
from the Pantages Theater.


Whichever candidate prevails in the election, we must remain vigilant in our resistance to the Federal Government's Neo-Imperial global designs. Please join
our march and bring a renewed spirit of resistance and a profound commitment to Peace in the world and peace in our daily lives!

Bring: Hand held posters, drums, noisemakers, flashlights. Make posters with focused, clear, messages.

No more lies! War is Terror! Troops Home Now! Drop Bush Not Bombs! Peace Now! 100,000 Innocent Iraqis, 8,000 US Casualties -- what sense does this make?


Tell a friend, bring many!
How on Earth whining like small children will make them feel better is beyond me. I would encourage everyone else in the LA area to pick up a copy of the Team America soundtrack and play it at maximum volume (particularly, "American, Fuck Yeah!") while they drive around the Pantages later today.

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