This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 001849
STATE FOR NEA/ARN, NEA/PA, NEA/AIA, INR/NESA, R/MR,
I/GNEA, B/BXN, B/BRN, NEA/PPD, NEA/IPA FOR ALTERMAN
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH
PARIS FOR O'FRIEL
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KMDR JO
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ON WAR IN IRAQ
-- Banner headlines in all papers today, March 27,
highlight various developments in the war on Iraq.
Lead reports focus on the bombing of a marketplace in
Baghdad and continued battles in the south of Iraq.
Other major stories highlight remarks by the Iraqi
Ambassador to Jordan clarifying that the diplomatic
tiff with Jordan was merely a "tempest in a teacup"
and that relations between Iraq and Jordan are normal.
-- "A bloody escalation of the war on Iraq"
Center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour
(03/27) editorializes: "The United States and Britain
escalated their brutal aggression against brotherly
Iraq and the war operations launched by these two
allies took a serious destructive and bloody turn when
missile attacks and air raids started to target
civilian areas and civilian infrastructure that
claimed the lives of many.. The world watches with
shock and awe the field developments of the American
war on Iraq. On one hand, the world admires the
honorable resistance of the Iraqi people and their
armed forces. On the other hand, the world is worried
and pained by these horrific attacks against the
Iraqis and by Washington and London's insistence to
turn their backs to all calls for stopping this bloody
episode and for listening to the voice of reason and
-- "The fate of the Arab world at the breakfast table
of Richard Perle"
Daily columnist Bater Wardam writes on the op-ed page
of center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour
(03/27): "Fools who believe that the United States
wants to liberate the Iraqi people and the prosperity
of democracy must realize what lies behind the scenes
of the American decision-making industry, what exists
at the depth of George Bush's remarks and the trail of
the U.S. administration's lies. Last Sunday, Richard
Perle hosed a seminar over breakfast to discuss the
future of the Middle East in the post-war era. The
outcome was, according to Perle, the need to `reform
the United Nations', namely to turn it into a tool in
the hands of Washington, the need for a regime change
in Syria and Iran, and the need to contain France and
Germany.. Perle is one of those in the small circle
of oil traders and American owners of military
industries, and he is a supporter of the Likud party
and of those who stand for Israeli interests in the
White House and who control American decisions..
Shame on us, as an Arab nation, to allow a group of
Zionists in the White House to determine the future of
the Arab world at breakfast tables in Washington."
-- "The freedom of killing Iraqis"
Chief Editor Taher Udwan writes on the back page of
independent, mass-appeal Arabic daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm
(03/27): "The Bush-Blair war can be called anything
but a liberation of the Iraqis.. What freedom is this
that carries within it unspeakable atrocities, and
what freedom is this where more than 74 billion
dollars are going to be spent on weapons to kill
Iraqis and destroy their cities? A good description
of this war is a war of lies. President Bush and
Blair believe that by lying they can deceive all the
people all the time. But this is impossible. The
smiles that the American president gives to reporters
before the White House cannot cover up the crime
series that has started to unfold in Baghdad, Basra,
Nasiriya, Babel and Najaf. I felt bad yesterday when
I saw the cheers and applause with which the American
President was received as he was promising the Iraqi
people a long war that would not stop until the head
of Saddam Hussein rolls. I felt bad because the
scenes of the dead people in Hyy al-Sha'b in Baghdad
revealed all about the truth of the `freedom' that
Bush is promising the Iraqi people via missiles and
bombs.. The Bush-Blair war can be described as
illegitimate, criminal, colonialist, brutal, but not
as a war for freedom, unless the freedom to kill
Iraqis is meant."
-- "For the oil"
Daily columnist Mohammad Amayreh writes on the op-ed
page of semi-official, influential Arabic daily Al-Rai
(03/27): "The U.S. administration portrays its
aggression against Iraq as a war of liberation aimed
at ousting the standing regime, destroying weapons of
mass destruction, establishing a democratic regime,
and bringing security and stability to Iraq. These
justifications, however, are acceptable only to those
who follow the Americans.. U.S. and British officials
are presenting themselves as the liberators, ones with
a humanitarian mission and a democratic purpose who
sympathize with the Iraqi people and are concerned for
their interests. Yet, we look at their actions and we
see the contradiction.. If the Americans and the
British came to liberate the people of Iraq and
thought that this people will receive them with
welcoming cheers and flowers, then look at the first
seven days of the war, which prove otherwise."
-- "A year of justifying the war"
Daily columnist Fahd Fanek writes on the back page of
semi-official, influential Arabic daily Al-Rai
(03/27): "It took America more than one year to
justify launching a war on Iraq. There were so many
justifications that the American people became
confused and did not know why America must resort to a
war that is said to be the last option.. President
Bush's problem lies in his failure to convince the
Americans and the world because the justifications
given were either not true or true but not new.. This
pushed many to look for the real reasons for the war,
finding only the desire to control Iraq's oil and to
serve Israel.. Additional justifications surfaced
claiming that changing the regime in Iraq would open
the door for core changes in the region, including
allowing peace to be established with Israel, which
would be upon Israel's conditions, and spreading
democracy in the Arab world, which is ridiculous
because democracy cannot be imposed from outside."