US embassy cable - 88ROME19700

GUILT FOR THE GULF WAR: IRAQ PAYS FOR AD TO GIVE ITS SIDE

Identifier: 88ROME19700
Wikileaks: View 88ROME19700 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 1988-08-25 17:03:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PREL IR IZ IT
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 251703Z AUG 88
FM AMEMBASSY ROME
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3560
INFO GULF WAR COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS ROME 19700 
 
E.O. 12356: N/A 
TAGS:  PREL IR IZ IT 
SUBJECT:  GUILT FOR THE GULF WAR: IRAQ PAYS FOR AD TO 
          GIVE ITS SIDE 
 
1.  THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT PAID FOR A HALF-PAGE 
ADVERTISEMENT WHICH APPEARED IN THE AUGUST 25 ISSUE OF 
ROME'S CENTRIST "IL MESSAGGERO." ENTITLED "IRAN-IRAQ: 
WHO STARTED THE WAR," THE IRAQI AD DETAILS "A SERIES 
OF (IRANIAN) VIOLATIONS AND MILITARY AGGRESSIONS" 
AGAINST IRAQ IN 1979 AND 1980, LEADING UP TO SEPTEMBER 
22, 1980, WHEN IRAQ "WAS FORCED TO EXERCISE ITS RIGHT 
TO LEGITIMATE DEFENSE."  THE IRAQI STATEMENT STRESSES 
THAT, DESPITE IRAQ'S "FAVORABLE ACCEPTANCE" OF 
KHOMEINI'S REGIME, IRAN "CLAIMED" ITS RIGHT TO 
"EXPORT" THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION "WITH THE USE OF 
FORCE," SELECTING IRAQ AS ITS FIRST TARGET.  IRAN, THE 
IRAQIS CLAIM, "INSTIGATED" CIVIL UNREST IN IRAQ, 
HOSTED AND AIDED BARZANI'S IRAQI-KURDISH OPPOSITION 
GROUP, UNILATERALLY BACKED OUT OF THE IRAN/IRAQ 1975 
ACCORD ON THE SHATT-EL-ARAB, AND CARRIED OUT A SERIES 
OF ATTACKS AGAINST IRAQI TERRITORY. 
 
2. COMMENT:  WITH THE DIRECT TALKS BETWEEN IRAN AND 
IRAQ SET TO GET UNDERWAY IN GENEVA IT LOOKS LIKE THE 
IRAQIS ARE AT LAST TRYING TO PUT OUT THEIR SIDE OF THE 
STORY ON THE WAR'S ORIGINS. 
 
 
RABB 

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