Australians Elect Conservative Party’s Tony Abbott
Australia’s Conservatives Win Majority Conservative Party member Tony Abbott scored a resounding victory over the Labor Party to become Prime Minister of Australia, a victory that once seemed implausible, it not impossible.
Mr. Abbott has sought to appeal to voters by mixing populism with traditional conservative values. His victory ushers in Australia’s first right-of-center government in six years. The last, in which he was a senior minister, was led by Prime Minister John Howard, whose Liberal-Nationals lost heavily to Kevin Rudd’s Labor party.
The journey to the top has been rocky for Mr. Abbott. In 2009, he inherited a party deeply divided over whether to support the former Labor government’s carbon-emissions trading plan. Mr. Abbott once described the arguments in favor of climate change as “absolute crap,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
John Watson of The Sydney Morning Herald writes that Abbott’s legislative agenda will face a tough climb in the Senate.
China’s Concerns In Syria Are Ideological And Strategic Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies analyzes how China sees the crisis in Syria and how they might respond to an attack by the United States.
“China’s opposition to strikes by the United States against Assad is as much a matter of ideology as strategy. Beijing’s real worries stem from the U.S. ability to gather support for external intervention and the use of military force where it deems necessary. For China, this is a reinforcement of an international order raised and run by the United States. Another worry for China is that every such instance of international intervention led by the United States creates precedence for action against autocratic regimes,” posits Glaser.
Lebanese Editorial Calls For Political Solution
Drawing comparisons with the nuclear showdown during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the editors of Lebanon’s Daily Star contend a political solution must be pursued before air strikes are considered.
“No matter how many times politicians say the words ‘limited strikes,’ they do not become any truer. Even if it were limited in its scope or motives, no strike by a Western country, especially by the U.S., would be limited in its consequences,” they write.
“The inevitable strike, however, should impact the march toward a political solution and yield the conviction by the regime that it’s the only path available to ending the bloodshed,” the editors assert.
Is Syria Suffering From A Terminal Future?
Bessma Momani of The Centre for International Governance Innovation woefully concludes that the case of Syria may “not be incurable, it is getting easier and easier to diagnose it as a terminal case.”
Momani believes that while the situation is deteriorating each day, “no outside force has a right to tell the Syrian people that some will be sacrificed to save the future of Syria. No Syrian has the legitimacy to sacrifice one neighbour to save the other. There is an inherent moral dilemma that has no ethical, just or right answer.”