Bush's war big political mistake, Gorbachev says
OTSU, Japan, March 20 (Kyodo) _ Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday criticized U.S. unilateralism in the world, saying the just-started U.S. war against Iraq cannot be justified for any reason and is a big political mistake.
Gorbachev, in a speech to a meeting of the Third World Water Forum, said, ''The move defies the existence of the United Nations and international laws. The U.S. stance...means it regards other nations as subject countries or states.''
U.S. President George W. Bush's policy ''is far from real world leadership,'' Gorbachev said.
At a press conference after the meeting, the 72-year-old Russian politician said he heard from a taxi driver about the U.S. air attack on Baghdad. ''It's really too bad. What has become of the world? I'm afraid the U.N. system has collapsed. We have to give our earnest consideration to the problem.''
''The United States seems to believe this military action shows its world leadership. But that is its misconception. Real world leadership is to take initiatives in promoting the Kyoto Protocol, nuclear disarmament, and arms control, and solving environmental issues,'' Gorbachev said.