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04KUWAIT1934 2004-06-21 12:43:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Kuwait
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MEDIA REACTION KUWAIT JUNE 19-21: IRAQ; TERRORISM.

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					  UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 KUWAIT 001934 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR INR/R/MR, NEA/ARP, NEA/PPD, PA, INR/NESA
STATE FOR IIP/G/NEA-SA, INR/B
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH, PARIS FOR O'FRIEL
USDOC FOR 4520/ANESA/ONE/FITZGERALD-WILKS
USDOC FOR ITA AND PTO/OLIA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KU KDMR
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION KUWAIT JUNE 19-21: IRAQ; TERRORISM.



1. SUMMARY: In a rare show of near-unanimity, Kuwaiti
commentators joined together in near-total condemnation of the
beheading of Paul Johnson and terror in general. Some still found
a way to blame Zionism. And others cautioned the Kuwaiti
government not to allow such a home-grown terror movement to
blossom here: Dr. Shamlan Al-Issa wrote in independent Al-Seyassah
(6/19): "our youth were found to be involved in Jihad operations
in Fallujah. Unless they get killed in Iraq, these new Jihadists
will return to Kuwait and follow in the footsteps of their Saudi
counterparts." END SUMMARY.



2. "Unaware"
Dr. Shamlan Al-Issa wrote in independent Al-Seyassah (6/19): "How
come the security authorities are not aware that our youth are
actively involved in Jihad operations? Why does the Ministry of
Interior claim that it is following the movements of terrorists
when in fact it does not? We would have hoped that the security
authorities learned the lessons of 9/11, and prior to that, about
our youth who were involved in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Chechnya.
However, no one seems to have learned their lesson. Instead, our
youth were found to be involved in Jihad operations in Fallujah.
Unless they get killed in Iraq, these new Jihadists will return to
Kuwait and follow in the footsteps of their Saudi counterparts,
while our government is 'extremely busy' in setting up pre-
conditions for holding public concerts."



3. "Journey Of Tears"
Mohammed Musaed Al-Saleh wrote in independent Al-Qabas (6/19):
"The way the United States was founded is identical to the way the
Zionist entity was founded. In America, Native Americans were
forcibly driven away from their homes. Israel in 2004 is doing the
same thing by forcibly expelling Palestinians from the West Bank,
east of Jerusalem and Gaza. According to author Muneer Al-Akesh,
America's idea of exchanging a nation and a culture with another,
through forcible evacuation and unjustified explanations, is in
fact Israel's historical raison d'etre. While Sharon is in
Palestine, Bush is in Iraq. There is no difference."



4. "Killing Is The Answer"
Khaled Al-Adwa wrote in independent Al-Watan (6/19): "The way Al-
Zarqawi's group exclaimed the name of God while at the same time
beheading the American captive was horrifying. Where was this
group when the tyrant Saddam annihilated thousands of Kurds with
chemical weapons? Yet another American hostage humiliatingly
blindfolded and threatened with death within seventy-two hours.
Can there be anything more distorting to Islam and to the culture
of Muslims?"



5. "Democracy... Not Murder"
Mohammed Musaed Al-Saleh wrote in independent Al-Qabas (6/20):
"There is popular Arab opposition toward the policies of the
American administration in Palestine, opposition toward the
occupation of Iraq and opposition toward establishing American
military bases in Arab countries. This opposition is legitimate,
because every citizen has a right to express himself as part of
the democratic process. However, such opposition must not turn
into murder. Killing innocent civilians, such as the American
hostage Paul Johnson, who has been living in Saudi for the past
ten years, is illegal and will not solve any problems. The
terrorists who committed his murder must ask themselves if this
would change the U.S.'s policy. The killers should have called
for justice, freedom and democracy, instead of killing innocent
people and damaging the way the world looks at us."



6. "Torture By Proxy... Civilization Or Ignobility"
Adel Al-Qassar wrote in independent Al-Qabas (6/20): "Because it
would infringe upon its values of freedom and damage its
democratic image, the United States resorted to her Middle Eastern
allies to carry out the torture of people accused of terrorism.
American interrogators admit they have employed the method of
torture by proxy, claiming that grave consequences may ensue if it
is perpetrated inside America. How humiliating for Arab leaders,
who caved in at American pressure to implement political and
economic reforms through the GMEI, to have become tools for
perpetrating illegal deeds. America has found puppets, who open
their prisons and fortresses so they can implant and express the
concept of partnership verbatim."



7. "Terrorism Serves Zionism"
Faisal Abdel Aziz Al-Zamel wrote in independent Al-Anba (6/20):
"To justify the beheading of the American hostage in Saudi as a
message intended to target foreigners is totally rejected.
Despite our strong condemnation of such crimes, that does not mean
we cannot denounce American support toward Zionism ... To combine
these two issues only serves the enemies of our nation, and
validates the West's unlimited support toward Israel. The
criminal elements committing such atrocities in Iraq and Saudi are
linked. They are guided by an evil plan carried out by criminals,
and executed by nave persons who have caused damage to their
religion and lives."



8. "Terrorism"
Rashed Al-Rada'an wrote in independent Al-Watan (6/21): "We want
from the American press, which has been vilifying the Saudis for
years as a society that keeps hatching terrorists, to carefully
observe events in the Kingdom. The Saudis are making a great
effort to eradicate terrorism. Since terrorism occurs in every
country, it is incorrect to describe one half of a society, such
as the Saudis, as exporters of terrorism. Because, if that were
the case, then most of the terrorists are Europeans, as modern and
ancient history can attest, beginning with Hitler, and ending with
Castro and others who have committed genocide against their
peoples."


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