US embassy cable - 02HANOI149

COUNTER-TERRORISM: THE WORD IS GETTING OUT UNCLASSIFIED

Identifier: 02HANOI149
Wikileaks: View 02HANOI149 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Hanoi
Created: 2002-01-23 04:18:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: PTER PREL KPAO OIIP VM CWG
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

230418Z Jan 02

2002HANOI00149 - UNCLASSIFIED
 
 
 
                           UNCLASSIFIED     PTQ1479

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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5290
INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY 
AMEMBASSY BANGKOK 
AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH 
AMEMBASSY VIENTIANE 
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI
UNCLAS HANOI 000149 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV AND EAP/PD 
 
E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: PTER, PREL, KPAO, OIIP, VM, CWG-PD, CTERR 
SUBJECT:  COUNTER-TERRORISM:  THE WORD IS GETTING OUT 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
 
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1.   EVEN DURING AN EMBASSY-SPONSORED LANGUAGE IMMERSION 
TRIP TO THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF HUE JANUARY 19-22, THE 
CAMPAIGN AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM REMAINED A 
SURPRISINGLY RECURRENT THEME.  IN RANDOM AND INFORMAL 
CONVERSATIONS WITH THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF CONSTRUCTION 
WORKERS ENGAGED IN THE UNESCO-SPONSORED RESTORATION OF THE 
IMPERIAL PALACE COMPOUND (WHERE THEY LIVE IN HUTS WITHOUT 
READY ACCESS TO TELEVISION OR NEWSPAPERS), POL/C WAS 
BOMBARDED WITH QUESTIONS LIKE "HOW IS THE WAR AGAINST 
TERRORISM GOING," AND "WHERE IS BIN LADEN NOW?"  OVER AND 
OVER, WORKERS STRESSED THEIR STRONG OPPOSITION TO TERRORISM, 
SUPPORT FOR THE US-LED CAMPAIGN, AND THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE'S 
"HATRED" OF BIN LADEN AND OTHER TERRORISTS.  ONE JOKED THAT 
PERHAPS BIN LADEN WAS NOW HIDING IN CAMBODIA; WHEN POL/C 
ASKED WHAT VIETNAM WOULD DO IF HE TRIED TO ENTER THIS 
COUNTRY, OTHER WORKERS ROBUSTLY PROCLAIMED THAT THE GVN 
WOULD ARREST HIM AND STOP HIM FROM CONTINUING HIS TERRORIST 
ACTIONS. 
 
2.  VARIOUS WORKERS EXPRESSED SYMPATHY FOR THE VICTIMS OF 
SEPTEMBER 11.  AFTER VOICING THE STRONG DESIRE OF THE 
VIETNAMESE PEOPLE FOR "PEACE," SOME WORKERS ADDED THAT THEY 
UNDERSTOOD THAT THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN WAS NECESSARY IN 
ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE LASTING PEACE THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD 
WANTED. 
 
2.  COMMENT:  THIS NON-SCIENTIFIC SAMPLING OF WORKING CLASS 
OPINION OBVIOUSLY CANNOT BE REPRESENTATIVE OF BROADER PUBLIC 
OPINION.  BUT IT IS STRIKING THAT, EVEN IN A COUNTRY WHERE 
THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED MEDIA HAS NOT BEEN VERY 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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FORTHCOMING IN RELAYING THE US MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE HAS 
GOTTEN OUT LOUD AND CLEAR:  INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM IS A 
THREAT TO PEACE; BIN LADEN AND HIS ASSOCIATES ARE BAD AND 
MUST BE STOPPED; AND, THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST 
TERRORISM IS NECESSARY AND MERITS THE SUPPORT OF PEACE- 
LOVING PEOPLES. 
BURGHARDT 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 


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