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De Telegraaf - Netherlands | 21/07/2015

Europe must follow Cameron in fight against IS

British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out in favour of stepping up the fight against IS terrorists in a televised interview on Monday, also saying he would be willing to carry out air strikes in Syria. All Europe is called on to take action now, the daily paper De Telegraaf warns: "This repellent group has been spreading death and destruction for too long. And although it has suffered the odd setback, its ideology and conflict zone continue to spread and expand. … Fortunately Cameron is taking the threat of terrorism and extremism seriously, both in the region and in his own country. However certain aspects of his appeal should not escape criticism. … He has to deploy far more resources and military troops in the region than he has done so far. But for some time now Cameron has shown that he wants to intensify the fight against terror. It would be good if the rest of Europe followed his example."

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | 13/06/2014

Iraq bodes no good for Afghanistan

The advance of Isil in Iraq is a warning to all those who were still hoping things would take a turn for the better in Afghanistan, the conservative daily De Telegraaf observes: "Get ready for what will happen soon in Afghanistan. Because Iraq is effectively the blueprint for Afghanistan: occupation followed by gradual withdrawal of international and above all American troops. And the simultaneous building up of the country's police force and army. ... Prime Minister al-Maliki, who is largely responsible for the chaos in his country, must now return to Washington with his tail between his legs. He wants the US to drive away the rebels with air strikes. ... But Obama is also to blame for the disaster. The restraint he has promoted is encouraging radical movements in the Middle East. There they only heed the whip, not common sense."

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | 11/12/2013

Obama was also addressing his opponents

Obama wasn't just addressing the mourners when he made his speech, the conservative daily De Telegraaf writes: "Attentive listeners detected a clear attack against his Republican opponents, who among other things want to torpedo plans for giving the children of Latino illegal immigrants passports. The same goes for fighting poverty and a fairer distribution of income. Obama was well aware that representatives of totalitarian regimes were sitting in the audience at the Johannesburg football stadium. Iran, China, Cuba, Zimbabwe. ... There were too many people who happily embrace Mandela's legacy of racial reconciliation but passionately resist even modest reforms, he said. ... Obama has lost a lot of his sparkle, and the American people are very divided. ... His speech was not just a sincere tribute to a much-admired hero, but also an attempt to win back some of his former shine."

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