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04ABUDHABI3954 2004-11-02 11:28:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Abu Dhabi
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MEDIA REACTION: U.S. ELECTIONS, ARAFAT, IRAQ

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UNCLAS        ABU DHABI 03954

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    ACTION: PAO
    INFO:   ECON POL AMB DCM

DISSEMINATION: PAO
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: PAO:HOLSIN-WINDECKER
DRAFTED: PAO:AALKHATIB
CLEARED: PAO:TRWHATLEY

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6631
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					  UNCLAS ABU DHABI 003954 

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STATE FOR NEA/ARP; NEA/PPD; NEA/RA; INR/R/MR; PA;
INR/NESA; INR/B; IIP/G/NEA-SA
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE; NSC
SECDEF FOR OASD/PA
USCINCCENT FOR POLAD
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH, PASS TO MOC; PARIS FOR ZEYA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KMDR TC
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S. ELECTIONS, ARAFAT, IRAQ




1. SUMMARY: COUNTDOWN TO THE U.S. ELECTIONS, THE HEALTH
CONDITION OF ARAFAT AND THE SECURITY SITUATION IN IRAQ DOMINATED
COVERAGE IN LOCAL ELECTRONIC AND PRINT MEDIA. IN AN "AL ITTIHAD"
ARTICLE TITLED "VOTE FOR BUSH," DR. SHALMAN AL EISSA NOTED THAT
AMERICANS SHOULD VOTE FOR BUSH BECAUSE HE IS A MAN OF MORALS,
DIGNITY AND BRAVERY. AN EDITORIAL IN THE SAME DAILY POINTED OUT
THAT TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN THE NEXT
COUPLE OF DAYS IN AN ATTEMPT TO AFFECT THE ELECTIONS. END
SUMMARY.



2. NOTING THAT THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN
THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS IN ORDER TO AFFECT THE U.S. ELECTIONS,
"AL ITTIHAD" EDITORIALIZED 10/31: (ARABIC DAILY, ABU DHABI-BASED,
SEMI-OFFICIAL, CIRCULATION 85,000)

". HISTORY TAUGHT US THAT ORDEALS ARE EMERGENCIES. TERRORISM
THAT IS SPREADING IN THE NAME OF ISLAM IS A GREAT ORDEAL THAT IS
AFFECTING OUR MUSLIM NATION. TERRORISM FAILED IN STOPPING THE
ELECTIONS IN AFGHANISTAN, IT WILL ALSO FAIL IN AFFECTING THE U.S.
ELECTIONS AND IT WILL FAIL IN AFFECTING THE EXPECTED IRAQI
ELECTIONS IN JANUARY BECAUSE THE WILL OF COUNTRIES, PEOPLE, AND
NATIONS IS STRONGER THAN ANY RACIST THINKING."



3. UNDER THE HEADLINE "VOTE FOR BUSH," DR. SHAMLAN YOUSEF AL
EISSA WROTE AN ARTICLE LAUDING PRESIDENT BUSH AND HIS EFFORTS TO
GET RID OF TERRORISM IN "AL ITTIHAD" ON 10/31:

".WE ASK OUR FRIENDS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR BUSH BECAUSE
HE IS A MAN OF PRINCIPLES AND BRAVERY AND HE HAS MORALS AND
ETHICS IN RESPECTING HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR RIGHTS AND REFUSING
FEAR AND DICTATORSHIP. HE DID NOT WITHDRAW LIKE OUR ARAB GULF
LEADERS, WHO STOPPED A TV PROGRAM `THE ROAD TO KABUL' BECAUSE
SOME TERRORISTS THREATENED TO BLOW UP SOME SATELLITE CHANNELS. WE
RESPECT PRESIDENT BUSH AND HOPE THAT HE WINS SINCE HE IS THE ONLY
MAN CAPABLE OF FIGHTING ISLAMIC RACIST FUNDAMENTALISTS, NOT ONLY
IN HIS COUNTRY BUT ALSO ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THE GULF
COUNTRIES. IF IT WERE NOT FOR PRESIDENT BUSH AND HIS
ADMINISTRATION, SOME REGIMES WOULD HAVE COLLAPSED AS VICTIMS OF
ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS, AND IF IT WERE NOT FOR HIS WISDOM, WE
WOULDN'T HAVE SEEN ANY HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS IN GULF
COUNTRIES AND WOMEN WOULDN'T HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR POLITICAL RIGHTS
IN SOME OF THE GULF COUNTRIES. WE SUPPORT BUSH BECAUSE WE ARE
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WHO BELIEVE IN DEMOCRACY IN OUR COUNTRIES.
GREAT AMERICAN PEOPLE, VOTE FOR BUSH."



4. POINTING OUT THAT ISRAEL AND THE U.S. MIGHT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
ARAFAT'S HEALTH SITUATION AND NOTING THAT PALESTINIAN SHOULD BE
CAREFUL, "AL KHALEEJ" EDITORIALIZED 10/31: (ARABIC DAILY, ABU
DHABI-BASED, SEMI-OFFICIAL, CIRCULATION 85,000)

".RED LINES ARE A MUST, AND WE SHOULD PROTECT THEM FROM ANY
MANIPULATION OR BARGAINS OR SIGNING CONTRACTS UNDER THE TABLES AT
THE EXPENSE OF ALL THE SACRIFICES IN ORDER TO SATISFY THE
AMERICANS AND ZIONISTS. THIS PERIOD IS VERY CRUCIAL AND
DANGEROUS AND THE PALESTINIAN LEADERS SHOULD PROGRESS TO ITS
LEVEL AND NOT ALLOW THE KILLER ZIONISTS TO ATTACK AND DEVOUR WHAT
AND WHO IS LEFT."
ALBRIGHT