The annual speech of U.S. President George W. Bush on the state of Union ruled Wednesday evening (Washington time), has aroused various reactions throughout the world. In the USA, the Democrats have severely criticized the speech in which the American president did not give a clear plan regarding the future of the American occupation in Iraq.
Commenting on the speech, the leader of the Democrats minority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said not informed by the U.S. administration a clear plan determining the end of the U.S. presence in Iraq. She added that Democrats felt that any credible plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq and achieve Stability should consist of three elements, namely: Pass the responsibility of the security to the Iraqis; accelerate the process of economic development in Iraq and intensify american diplomatic efforts in the region.
In his speech, the U.S. president has refused to provide "an artificial timetable" for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. He felt that this country was "a vital front in the war against terrorism".
"We defend the freedom of our Iraqi friends. Freedom in Iraq will return America safer for generations to come", he said in the Congress. "We do not fix an artificial timetable for leaving Iraq because it could embolden terrorists and make them believe they can wait until we were leaving". He recalled that the USA is found in Iraq to achieve a result: "A democratic country" representative of his people, in peace with its neighbors, and able to defend itself. "When this will be achieved, our men and women serving in Iraq will return home with the honors they have earned", he said.
In Iraq, according to the American television channel "CNN," Iraqi citizens have criticized the american president for not announcing a clear and defined timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq.
In this, an Iraqi said that the absence of such a timetable give legitimacy to the Iraqi armed groups for carrying out attacks. The CNN said that Iraqi public opinion believed that the presence of Americans lead a more infiltration of foreign fighters to join the acts of resistance.
As for Iran, Mr. Bush launched a clear warning to the country. He said that Iran remain the main state in the world to support terrorism. The American president has accused Tehran of "wanting to acquire nuclear weapons while depriving its people of freedom they are looking for and they deserve".
Faced with these accusations, Iran has stressed that these allegations, that washington repeat all the time, are empty of all proves. The iranian press agency "IRNA", quoting the spokesman of the Iranian ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hamid Reza Asefi, said that the American president had forgotten that 26 years ago, the Islamic revolution In Iran, had put an end to American hegemony.
On Syria, Mr. Bush has declared that he expects that the Syrian government cease all support for terrorism and opens the door to freedom. He accused Damascus of continuing to allow that its territory, and some parts of Lebanon, be used by terrorists who seek to destroy any chance of peace in the region.
Commenting on these remarks, Syrian Minister of Information Mahdi Dakhlallah, said that american threats against Damascus are not new. In statements made to the satellite channel al-Jazeera, Mr Dakhlallah called the "reasonables" in the American administration to adopt the path of dialogue rather than threats.
Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Bush said that "the goal of creating two democratic states, Israel and Palestine, living side-a-side in Peace, is in hand and America will help them to achieve that goal". He also announced an aid of 350 million dollars Palestiniens. Bush noted that U.S. money released by Washington serve to carry out political, economic and social reforms for the Palestinians.
Initiative welcomed by the Palestinian Minister of Negociations Affairs, Saeb Orayqat, who praises Bush's statements concerning the establishment of a Palestinian state. In declarations made to the Middle East News Agency "MENA", Mr. Orayqat expressed the hope that Mr. Bush realize its vision in establishing the independent Palestinian state with the end of 2005. He also hoped that Mr. Bush eliminates the Israeli obstacles impeding the establishment of a Palestinian state such as the settlement, the confiscation of land and the separation wall.