US embassy cable - 88BAGHDAD4559 (original version)

IRAQI COMMENTARY WARNS AGAINST TILT TOWARD IRAN (original version)

Identifier: 88BAGHDAD4559
Wikileaks: View 88BAGHDAD4559 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 1988-08-22 05:41:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL IZ
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O 220541Z AUG 88
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDAITE 7958
INFO GULFWAR COLLECTIVE
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 04559 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR 
TAGS: PREL, IZ 
SUBJECT: IRAQI COMMENTARY WARNS AGAINST TILT TOWARD IRAN 
 
REF: FBIS JN1808064588 (#) 
 
 
1. SUMMARY: WE ARE SOMEWHAT PUZZLED BY IRAQ NEWS 
AGENCY COMMENTARY, ALMOST CERTAINLY COMING DIRECTLY 
FROM THE PRESIDENCY, ACCUSING "IMPERIALIST POWERS" 
(I.E., UNITED STATES MOST OF ALL) OF PRESSING IRAN 
TO ACCEPT UNSCR 598 IN ORDER TO PREVENT KHOMEINI'S 
COLLAPSE.  WE INTERPRET THIS BLUSTER AS SADDAM'S 
BULLYING WAY OF SAYING WHAT IS PATENTLY TRUE, THAT 
THE UPCOMING PERIOD WILL BE A TEST OF IRAQ'S RELA- 
TION WITH THE U.S. AND OTHER EXTERNAL POWERS. END 
SUMMARY. 
 
2. BAGHDAD TELEVISION, RADIO, AND ALL NEWSPAPERS 
AUGUST 18 PROMINENTLY CARRIED A VEHEMENT BUT MORE 
THAN USUALLY INARTICULATE EDITORIAL (REF FBIS), 
ATTRIBUTED TO THE POLITICAL EDITOR OF THE IRAQ NEWS 
AGENCY, SHARPLY WARNING WORLD POWERS AGAINST GIVING 
SUPPORT TO IRAN DURING THE CEASE-FIRE PERIOD.  FROM 
ITS PROMINENCE, IT UNDOUBTEDLY EMANATED FROM THE 
PRESIDENCY ITSELF.  THE COMMENTARY WARNED THAT "SOME 
IMPERIALIST POWERS" (UNSPECIFIED BUT CLEARLY INCLUDING 
THE UNITED STATES) WANT TO KEEP ARAB COUNTRIES 
OCCUPIED IN DISPUTES WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS (I.E., 
IRAN) IN ORDER TO PROTECT ISRAEL.  IT CLAIMED CERTAIN 
POWERS HAD PRESSED IRAN TO ACCEPT RESOLUTION 598 
IN ORDER TO PREVENT KHOMEINI'S COLLAPSE. 
 
3. COMMENT: WHILE WE KNOW THE IRAQIS FEAR THAT THE 
U.S. WILL RESUME A PRO-IRANIAN POLICY TO THE DETRIMENT 
OF IRAQI INTERESTS, THE PROMINENCE AND TIMING OF THE 
EDITORIAL ARE CURIOUS.  WE HAVE REASSURAD THE IRAWI 
AZ A HIGH GEVEL AND THROUGH DIFFERENT CHANNELS THAT 
WE DO NOT CONTEMPLATE "TILTING" IN EITHER DIRECTION. 
 
4. WE CONCLUDE THAT THIS FORM OF INARTICULATE LASHING 
OUT SERVES MORE THAN ANYTHING TO DEMONSTRATE IRAQ'S 
SENSE OF INSECURITY.  A NEW ERA IS EMERGING, AND IRAQ 
IS NERVOUS ABOUT THE DEVELOPING ATTITUDES OF EXTERNAL 
POWERS.  SADDAM'S INSTINCTIVE REACTION IS TO WARN 
WITH BLUSTERING, UNSPECIFIC THREATS.  TARIQ AZIZ 
AND THE MFA DIPLOMATSSTRESS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE 
SAME COIN, I.E., THEIR HOPE AND DESIRE THAT THE 
POST-WAR PERIOD WILL WITNESS BROADER AND CLOSER 
COOPERATION WITH THE USG THROUGHOUT THE REGION. 
 
 
GLASPIE 
 
NOTE BY OC/T: (#) OMISSION IN REF.  CORRECTION TO FOLLOW. 

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