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World press pessimism on Iraq anniversary
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European newspapers take a grim view of Iraq's future three years after the US-led invasion, with one Russian commentator saying that even US President George W Bush must now be compelled to admit that "Iraq is sliding into a quagmire of civil war."

A Pakistani daily calls on the US to withdraw its forces, warning that "flames rising in different parts of the world will ultimately reach the US".

An Australian paper, however, points out that although "chaos and violence" still prevail in Iraq, "a repulsive dictator now struts only in a dock before his judges".

VLADIMIR SKOSYREV IN RUSSIA'S NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

George Bush asserted that those demanding a withdrawal have lost their nerve... But however much the White House boss would like to encourage his compatriots, he is compelled to admit that there are increasing signs that Iraq is sliding into a quagmire of civil war.

GERARD DUPUY IN FRANCE'S LIBERATION

The country that these troops were supposed to deliver from the evil of dictatorship and lead towards democracy is teetering perpetually on the brink of civil war... One has to criticise the US imperialist power for unleashing this madness. But we also have to admit that Muslim Arabs are endlessly killing other Arab Muslims there.

CEDYA KARAN IN TURKEY'S RADIKAL

Civilian losses in Iraq are estimated at hundreds of thousands... Whatever was said to be the reason for Iraq's occupation turned out to be a lie. Saddam had neither weapons of mass destruction nor a tie to Bin Laden. The whole system of a country has been turned upside down; political chaos has been created.

SWITZERLAND'S LE TEMPS

Iraq should not have to choose between the return of a brutal dictatorship and regional chaos. Former Yugoslavia has today found some sort of uncomfortable cohabitation. It is preferable to the massacres taking place daily along the Euphrates.

PETER JAVUREK IN SLOVAKIA'S SME

The country is teetering on the brink of a bloody civil war... The only aim [of fundamentalists and terrorists] is bloody chaos which would give rise to a theocratic Islamist regime in Iraq, a regime as undemocratic as Saddam's and perhaps even more dangerous... This is why the calls for an immediate withdrawal of the US and its allies from Iraq are ill-conceived, to put it mildly.

GUENTHER NONNENMACHER IN GERMANY'S FAZ

The worst result of three years of war in Iraq is the increasing confrontation between Muslims and the West. This was present beforehand, but it was hidden; the occupation of an Islamic country has added the notion of a political and military struggle to that of a cultural debate. The problems arising from this will occupy us for years to come.

PAKISTAN'S AUSAF

The protest demonstrations show that the wild US action is not lauded anywhere in the world, including the US, Europe and Asia... We say that in the present situation it is the responsibility of the American people to remove their rulers and save the world from their barbarism, because the flames rising in different parts of the world will ultimately reach the US.

TOM SAPTAATMAJA IN INDONESIA'S JAWA POS

Three years after the invasion, we see that peace has yet to be created in Iraq. In fact, the country has now been plunged into a fierce civil war... Not surprisingly, the US aggression against Iraq... has turned out to contradict the US campaign to combat terrorism.

G MANIMARAN AND M LIM IN UTUSAN MALAYSIA

Even though the world and the Iraqi people in particular have been freed from the Saddam regime, misery remains. General elections to create democracy have been held, but ironically Iraq is now on the verge of a civil war.

HONG KONG'S SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

Beyond the rhetoric marking today's third anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq is the reality of what has been achieved: little other than freedom of expression. Civil conflict and rising sectarianism mean that even that gain is under threat... Averting a catastrophe would seem difficult and it appears that those who had Iraq's future in their grasp may well have let it slip away.

AUSTRALIA'S SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The Iraq balance sheet is not a pretty sight. On the plus side, a repulsive dictator now struts only in a dock before his judges... On the minus side, chaos, violence and oppression of other kinds continue. The invasion and its aftermath have damaged America's long and proud reputation as a defender of human rights... The Iraq venture may yet turn into a success. We hope it does. At present, though, that does not look likely very soon.

AUSTRALIA'S THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

What is not in doubt is the need for continuing effort in the Iraqi theatre of the war against terror... Until Iraqi security forces have their own capacity to maintain security within Iraq, to protect it against internal and external threats, it is imperative our commitment to the coalition remains intact.

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