|03KUWAIT818||2003-03-07 04:05:00||UNCLASSIFIED||Embassy Kuwait|
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1. Summary: While Kuwaiti chief editors spend today
penning editorials of sputtering outrage following the Iraqi
vice-president's characterization of Kuwait at Wednesday's
OIC session as "a monkey and a valet" in the service of
America, op/eds from earlier in the week praise the proposal
of Shaikh Zayed of Oman calling on Saddam to accept
voluntary exile. In reaction to the Turkish Parliament's
rejection of a US deployment, Kuwait's Defense Minister said
Kuwait is ready to receive the troops.
On other issues, various members of Kuwait's chattering
classes hold forth. In a column entitled "The American
Problem," one writer offers the canard that "FBI centers
have become closer to Arab intelligence centers where
torture and humiliation are exercised against anyone Muslim
or anything Arab," while another opines that the return of
the Iraqi monarchy is the best solution for that country.
2. News Stories: Defense Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak
reiterated Kuwait's readiness to receive the American troops
that were destined for deployment in Turkey.
Four thousand Saudi troops arrived in Kuwait on March 4 to
bolster GCC common defense "Peninsula Shield" forces already
deployed in Kuwait.
Newspapers report that Kuwait International Airport will not
be closed if war breaks out, and that flight paths have laid
out with the military for civil and for military flights.
Dean of the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies at Kuwait
University, Dr. Mohammad Al-Tabtabei, stated in a seminar at
the Kuwait Journalists' Society that the foreign military
presence in Kuwait is religiously legitimate and justified,
and again condemned attacks on American soldiers in Kuwait.
3. "The Solution Is In Zayed's Initiative"
Faisal Al-Qanai wrote in independent Al-Seyassah (3/4): "If
Arabs were serious about solving the Iraqi crisis to avoid
the destruction of Iraq, they would have discussed Shaikh
Zayed's initiative. His courageous initiative was aimed at
protecting Iraqi people, but unfortunately the Arabs did not
4. "The American Problem"
Ghassan Al-Otaibi wrote in independent Al-Qabas (3/3): "The
US faces a major problem in introducing democracy to Iraq in
the post-Saddam era. It is widely expected that the Shiites
will be the winners of any popular election, and this will
not be acceptable either to the US or to Iraq's neighbors.
[T]o avert this problem, the only solution is the return of
the monarchy, which is an appropriate choice, given the fact
that the Iraqi royal family is Sunni and acceptable Iraq's
5. "Will the Islamic Summit Save What the Arab Summit
Islamist Adel Al-Qassar wrote in independent Al-Qabas (3/4):
"If the Arab Summit at Sharm El-Shaikh was incapable of
addressing [Shaikh Zayed of Oman's exile proposal for
Saddam], then I believe that there is undoubtedly room under
the expansive Islamic umbrella to accept the courageous
initiative. [T]he UAE has the right to revive its initiative
at the Islamic Summit in Qatar in order to receive support,
and to succeed in ousting Saddam."
6. "The Arab Mockery"
Ghassan Al-Otaibi wrote in independent Al-Qabas (3/5): "The
UAE initiative at the Arab summit was a logical solution to
avert the destruction of this region, but to form an Arab
delegation to visit the US and Europe is illogical and a
waste of time. The American and the European positions are
well-known, and this delegation will not be capable of
deterring the war unless Saddam steps down. Therefore, the
UAE initiative is the sole solution for the Iraqi crisis."
7. "With Souls, With Blood, We Redeem You, Bush"
Salah Al-Fadhli wrote in independent Al-Rai Al-A'am (3/5):
"Does the United States have the right to boast that it is a
nation founded on the values of freedom, justice and
protection of human rights? Does it have the credibility to
say that it is seeking to sow democracy in the world? . FBI
centers have become closer to Arab intelligence centers
where torture and humiliation are exercised against anyone
Muslim or anything Arab. If there are moral justifications
for the invasion of Iraq, as claimed by Bush the Son, then
where were these justifications at the end of the Gulf war.?
Despite all these moral violations by America, and because
the Arabs have become accustomed to applaud whoever takes
office, the Arab masses will not be embarrassed to chant
their eternal slogan-- after changing the name only-- "With
souls, with blood, we redeem you, Bush".
8. "The Call for Resignation and The Arab Summit"
Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra wrote in independent Al-Rai Al-Aam
(3/5): "The Arab leaders at the summit should have met to
discuss how to convince the Iraqi leader to resign in order
to avoid a destructive war in the region. The leaders should
have discussed the role of the Arabs after Saddam and to
open dialogue with the Iraqi opposition. But, unfortunately,
Arabs have chosen not to touch on these topics, and
preferred to wait until the flood occurs."
9. "An American Diplomat Resigns in Protest Against the
Policies of the American Administration"
Abdullah Al-Nafisi wrote in independent Al-Watan (3/5):
"J.B. Kiesling is a diplomat who worked for the US State
Department for over twenty years. Anyone who reads his
letter of resignation addressed to Secretary Powell will
immediately realize the internal collapse of the policies
adopted by the current American administration. Without
exaggeration, such voices are now increasing in the US due
to polices adopted by the current administration, which is
described as extremist."