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2003-03-24 11:38:00
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MEDIA REACTION: WAR IN IRAQ U.S. PRISONERS OF WAR

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SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                           March 24, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 1400 - UNKNOWN)         

TAGS:     OIIP, KMDR                                             

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  MEDIA REACTION:  WAR IN IRAQ U.S. PRISONERS OF WAR     
          SHEIKH ZAYED'S INITIATIVE                              

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UNCLAS        ABU DHABI 01400

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    ACTION: PAO 
    INFO:   ECON POL AMB DCM 
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    ACTION: PAO 

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9016
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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ABU DHABI 001400 

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STATE FOR NEA/ARP; NEA/PPD; NEA/RA; INR/R/MR; PA;
INR/NESA; INR/B; IIP/G/NEA-SA; TFIZ01
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA
USCINCCENT FOR POLAD
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH; PARIS FOR O'FRIEL

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR TC
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WAR IN IRAQ U.S. PRISONERS OF WAR
SHEIKH ZAYED'S INITIATIVE



1. SUMMARY: THE WAR IN IRAQ AND FOOTAGE OF CAPTURED AND KILLED
U.S. SOLDIERS DOMINATED COVERAGE IN UAE PRINT AND ELECTRONIC
MEDIA. AN "AL ITTIHAD" EDITORIAL CONDEMNED AL-JAZEERA'S
BROADCASTING OF FOOTAGE OF DEAD U.S. SOLDIERS AND U.S. POWS.
ALSO IN "AL ITTIHAD, " UAE COLUMNIST AYSHA SULTAN COMMENTED THAT
IRAQ IS IN PEOPLE'S HEARTS WORLDWIDE, AND THAT IT WILL RESIST
CONQUEST, AS IT HAS ALWAYS DONE. AN EDITORIAL ENTITLED "BACK TO
THE INITIATIVE" REITERATED THE IMPORTANCE OF SHEIKH ZAYED'S
INITIATIVE FOR SADDAM TO STEP DOWN. END SUMMARY.



2. HEADLINES FOR 3/24 INCLUDE:

--"AL KHALEEJ," "AL BAYAN," AND "GULF NEWS" CARRIED FRONT-PAGE
AND FULL-SPREAD COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DEAD AND CAPTURED U.S.
SOLDIERS.
--"BROADCAST OF PRISONERS CONFUSES WASHINGTON AND BUSH ADMITS
'FIGHTS ARE HARD'"; "FIERCE BATTLES IN THE SOUTH; 15 AMERICAN
SOLDIERS KILLED"(AL KHALEEJ)
--"IRAQI FORCES FIGHT BACK" AND "IMAGES OF DEATH, VIOLENCE SHOCK
ARABS" (GULF NEWS)
--"ENCIRCLING BAGHDAD FROM THREE SIDES" AND "THE AMERICAN
PRESIDENT WARNS TURKEY AGAINST INTERFERING IN NORTHERN IRAQ" (AL
ITTIHAD)
--"AMERICAN ATTACKS CONFUSED POLITICALLY, MILITARILY, AND
INFORMATION-WISE;" "385 CIVILIAN CASUALTIES, OCCUPIERS LOSE 25
SOLDIERS" (AL BAYAN)



3. A 3/24 FRONT-PAGE ARTICLE IN SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB DAILY "AL-
KHALEEJ" REPORTED THAT AN ISRAELI MISSILE WAS USED IN THE RAIDS
ON IRAQ AND THAT THIS INFORMATION WAS CONFIRMED BY ISRAELI
DEFENSE MINISTER SHAOUL MOFAZ. ANOTHER "AL-KHALEEJ" ARTICLE
CLAIMED THAT WASHINGTON HAS MADE THE BROADCASTING OF FOOTAGE OF
THE POWS INTO A LEGAL ISSUE AND HAS REQUESTED ALL SATELLITE
CHANNELS NOT TO BROADCAST THESE IMAGES.



4. ARABIC DAILIES HAVE NOT YET REPORTED ON GENERAL ABIZEID'S
3/23 BRIEFING. "GULF NEWS" CARRIED A FRONT-PAGE REPORT ON THE
BRIEFING QUOTING THE GENERA'S REMARK THAT "YESTERDAY WAS THE
TOUGHEST DAY OF RESISTANCE."



5. UNDER THE HEADLINE "BACK TO THE INITIATIVE", ABU DHABI-BASED
PAN-ARAB DAILY "AKHBAR AL ARAB" EDITORIALIZED ON 3/24:

"... OUR OBLIGATION REQUIRES THE INTERVENTION OF THE
INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL (COMMUNITY), ARMED WITH SHEIKH ZAYED'S
INITIATIVE, WHICH ASKS SADDAM TO STEP DOWN WITH SOME GUARANTEES.
THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO ACT ON AND COMPLETE THE LEGAL ASPECTS
OF THIS INITIATIVE, THEN TO SUBMIT IT TO BECOME THE INTERNATIONAL
EXIT FROM WAR."



6. CONDEMNING THE BROADCAST OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF DEAD AMERICAN
SOLDIERS AND AMERICAN POWS AS UNACCEPTABLE, THE EDITORIAL IN ABU
DHABI-BASED SEMI-GOVERNMENT "AL ITTIHAD" 3/24 SAID:

"... BROADCASTING PICTURES OF DEAD, TORN BODIES AND FLOODS OF
BLOOD, IN ADDITION TO PICTURES OF PRISONERS OF WAR WHO ARE

TERRIFIED OF THE BRUTALITY OF THEIR CAPTORS, IS SOMETHING WHICH
OFFENDS ALL INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS AND ALL HUMAN VALUES. THIS
WILL NEVER GIVE THE EFFECT DESIRED BY THE BROADCASTER; ON THE
CONTRARY, IT WILL CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF HATRED AND REVENGE, NOT
ONLY AMONG THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE WAR, BUT ALSO AMONG PEOPLE
WHO ARE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY..."



7. NOTING THE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS WAR ON THE WORLD AND
THE REGION, SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB DAILY "AL-KHALEEJ"
EDITORIALIZED 3/24:

"... BUSH'S HAWKS PLAN TO CHANGE THE UN, EMBRACE 'OLD EUROPE'
WHICH CONSISTS OF FRANCE AND GERMANY, AND TARGET (AFTER IRAQ)
SYRIA, IRAN, AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE REGION, AND EVEN RUSSIA
AND ANY COUNTRY THAT BOTHERS THEM. THESE PLANS INDICATE THAT THE
KNIFE THAT IS NOW IN IRAQ WILL MOVE ON TO REACH MANY NECKS
ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD..."



8. DESCRIBING THIS WAR AS ONE IN SUPPORT OF ESTABLISHING
"GREATER ISRAEL," SHARJAH-BASED PAN-ARAB WEEKLY MAGAZINE "AL
SHURUQ" EDITORIALIZED 3/24:

"THE WAR ON IRAQ HAS BEGUN, AND ALL THE INTERNATIONAL ATTEMPTS TO
STOP THE U.S. IN ITS SCHEMES TO DESTROY THE IRAQI LAND, PEOPLE,
AND HISTORY WILL FAIL. MOST IMPORTANT (TO THE U.S.) IS TO
IMPLEMENT THE PLAN--THAT IS, TO DOMINATE THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST
AND TO SUPPORT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GREATER ISRAEL. BOTH THE
TRADITIONAL AND THE NEW ZIONISTS, WHO FOLLOW THE ANGLICAN-
AMERICAN-JEWISH CHURCH, ALONG WITH THE AMERICAN GROUP WHO ARE
LEADING WASHINGTON TO THIS WAR OF ANNIHILATION ON BAGHDAD, AND
THEN THE ARABS AND MUSLIMS, HAVE LONG AWAITED THE ESTABLISHMENT
OF GREATER ISRAEL ..."


9. UNDER THE HEADLINE "LONGER WAR, HIGHER PRICE", DUBAI-BASED
ENGLISH-LANGUAGE DAILY "GULF NEWS" EDITORIALIZED ON 3/24:

"... BUT AS ALWAYS, EVERY WAR HAS A PRICE. AND THE LONGER THE
WAR, THE HIGHER THE PRICE. IN THIS CASE, IT IS A PRICE THAT WILL
BE PAID BY THE VERY PEOPLE THAT THE AMERICANS SAY THEY HAVE SET
OUT TO HELP: THE IRAQI POPULATION... THE U.S. HAS NO CHOICE BUT
TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY MEASURES TO AVOID A PROLONGED WAR. IT IS
ABOUT TIME FOR THE U.S. TO CONFRONT THE TRUTH... THE SOONER IT
DOES SO THE BETTER, AS IT WON'T TAKE LONG FOR THE U.S. TO FIND
ITSELF ENTANGLED IN ITS OWN WEB OF LIES."



10. CRITICIZING THE CRUDE LANGUAGE USED BY IRAQI MINISTER OF
INFORMATION, AL SAHHAF, UAE COLUMNIST NASSER AL DHAHERI WROTE IN
"AL ITTIHAD" ON 3/24:

"... AL SAHHAF'S DICTIONARY DEPARTED FROM THE USUAL, MODERATE,
AND PATIENTLY-CHOSEN LANGUAGE OF DIPLOMACY. IT EXCEEDED THE
LANGUAGE OF ANGER AND WAS MOSTLY SWEARING AND USE OF UNSUITABLE
ADJECTIVES IN FRONT OF THE WORLD'S TV CHANNELS. THIS SHOULD NOT
BE THE CASE, SINCE HE IS SEEKING THE WORLD'S SYMPATHY ..."



11. IN AN EMOTIONAL ARTICLE ABOUT IRAQ, UAE COLUMNIST AYSHA
SULTAN WROTE IN DUBAI-BASED BUSINESS-ORIENTED "AL BAYAN" ON 3/24:

"... IRAQ IS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER IN OUR HEARTS AND THE
HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE GLOBE, WHILE THE OCCUPIERS' ORDEAL IS
INCREASING AND THEY ARE SUCKED INTO THE SWAMP. THE 'LAND OF
BLACKNESS' IS STILL RESISTING, AS IT HAS ALWAYS DONE IN THE FACE
OF THE MONGOLS AND HULAGU'S CATAPULTS. IT IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE
AL-RASHID'S CAPITAL, THE HEADQUARTERS OF DAR AL HIKMA AND
COLLECTIONS OF POETRY. THE 'LIBRARY OF THE WORLD' (IRAQ) IS
ARROGANT AND WILL ALWAYS BE SO IF GOD WILLS"



WAHBA