Middle East media reactions

8 July 2005

The Middle Eastern media has been quick to condemn the London bombings.  The Gulf-based dailies have all filled their editorial pages with condemnation of the attacks, with al-Hayat insisting that such attacks will never work in favour of Muslim interests.

Last night, al-Jazeera aired a panel discussion in which some commentators insisted that the bombing was a response to the "massacres in Iraq".  Other voices on the programme reminded the audience that terrorist attacks were taking place well before the war with Iraq and we should be careful about "cause and effect" theories.

The editorial in Lebanon's Daily Star offers an interesting perspective, arguing that the perpetrators weren't Muslims (even if they claim to be) and the victims are Muslims around the world.

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