US embassy cable - 02AMMAN3934

JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON IRAQ, QUADRIPARTITE MEETING

Identifier: 02AMMAN3934
Wikileaks: View 02AMMAN3934 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 2002-07-17 11:58:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KMDR JO
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 003934 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARN, NEA/PA, NEA/AIA, INR/NESA, R/MR, 
I/GNEA, B/BXN, B/BRN, NEA/PPD 
USAID/ANE/MEA 
LONDON FOR GOLDRICH 
PARIS FOR O'FRIEL 
USCINCCENT/CCPA, USCENTCOM REAR MACDILL AFB FL 
NICOSIA FOR ILMG 
STATE PASS TO AID 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
 
TAGS: KMDR,  JO 
SUBJECT: JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON IRAQ, QUADRIPARTITE 
MEETING 
 
 
                        SUMMARY 
 
A LEAD STORY IN ALL JORDANIAN DAILIES TODAY, JULY 17, 
IS ON AN AMBUSH BY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE FIGHTERS ON A 
BUS  NEAR A JEWISH SETTLEMENT YESTERDAY, KILLING SEVEN 
SETTLERS. PRESIDENT BUSH IS REPORTED AS HAVING 
CONDEMNED THE OPERATION AND WHITEHOUSE SPOKESMAN ARI 
FLEISCHER IS QUOTED AS SAYING THAT THIS ATTACK 
UNDERSCORES THE IMPORTANCE OF FOCUSING ON PEACE. WITHIN 
THAT SAME LEAD STORY, THE DAILIES REPORT THAT THE 
QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE IS DIVIDED OVER THE U.S. STAND 
ON ARAFAT. ANOTHER FRONTPAGE REPORT SAYS THAT 
U.S.DEFENSE SECRTARY RUMSFELD HAS ORDERED AN UPDATE OF 
ALL U.S. CONTINGENCY PLANS FOR A POSSIBLE  WAR AGAINST 
IRAQ. INDEPENDENT, MASS-APPEAL ARABIC DAILY AL-ARAB AL- 
YAWM CARRIES A REUTERS REPORT FROM WASHINGTON, QUOTING 
FLEISCHER AS SAYING THAT PRESIDENT BUSH WILL MEET KING 
ABDULLAH IN WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 1. 
 
 
EDITORIAL COMMENTARIES DEAL WITH THE ANTICIPATED 
MIILITARY STRIKE AGAINST IRAQ, AND COMMENT ON THE ARAB 
MINISTERS' MEETINGS WITH THE QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE IN 
NEW YORK, CALLING FOR AN ARAB STAND THAT DEFENDS THE 
ARAB STATUS QUO. 
 
            EDITORIAL COMMENTARIES ON IRAQ 
 
-- "THE AFGHANIZATION OF PALESTINE AND IRAQ" 
 
DAILY COLUMNIST MOUSA HAWAMDAH WRITES ON THE OP-ED PAGE 
OF CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY 
AL-DUSTOUR (07/17): "THE AFGHANI EXPERIENCE WILL BE THE 
BEST METHOD THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED BY U.S. POLITICIANS 
IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. THE AMERICANS' SUCCESS IN 
BRINGING ZAHER SHAH, WHO DOES NOT RULE NOW, BACK TO 
KABUL AMD PUTTING HAMID KARZAI AS A TEMPORARY PRESIDENT 
AND THEN ELECTED BY THE LOUGERGA WILL BE THE MODEL 
FOLLOWED BY THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION IN THE YEARS TO 
COME UNTIL THIS MODEL FAILS A DISMAL FAILURE OR THE 
UNITED STATES SUFFERS GREATER HARM FROM IT." 
 
MAKING IT A POINT THAT IN ADDITION TO THE FACT THE 
UNITED STATES IS IMPLEMENTING THE AFGHANI MODEL IN 
PALESTINE, IT IS ALSO IMPLEMENTING IT IN IRAQ, HAWAMDAH 
CONCLUDES: "THE UNITED STATES WANTS, BY ALL MEANS, TO 
AFGHANIZE IRAQ IN SUCH A BLIND MANNER AS IF IT IS 
MEDICAL PERSCRIPTION OF A RECIPE. HOWEVER, PALESTINE 
AND IRAQ ARE DIFFERENT. THE U.S. LOGIC DOES NOT KNOW 
THE GAME OF DIFFERENCES. IT WANTS TO IMPLEMENT WHAT IT 
THINKS IS SUCCESSFUL IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD. IT MIGHT 
EVEN GENERALIZE SUCH A MODEL AND IMPLEMENT IT IN 
EUROPEAN, AMERICAN, AND ASIAN COUNTRIES, WHICH WILL 
BRING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME WITHOUT TAKING INTO 
CONSIDERATION THE OPINION OF THE WORLD AND THE PEOPLES, 
WHOM THE UNITED STATES WANTS TO HELP." 
 
-- "A FALSE U.S. PRETEXT TO TOPPLE SADDAM !!" 
 
DAILY COLUMNIST IBRAHIM ABSI WRITES ON THE OP-ED PAGE 
OF CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY 
AL-DUSTOUR (07/17): "THE UNITED STATES IS PREPARING ALL 
ITS INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY,POLITICAL, AND FINANCIAL 
CAPABILITIES TO TOPPLE SADDAM NOT BECAUSE HE IS A SOLO 
RULER OR DESPOTIC DICTATOR AS PROPAGATED BY U.S. MEDIA 
ORGANS AS WELL AS DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL 
INSTITUTIONS. THIS DOES NOT CONCERN THE UNITED STATES 
WHATSOEVER. HOWEVER, WHAT CONCERNS IT IS THE FACT THAT 
THE PANARAB IRAQI LEADERSHIP - NOT JUST SADDAM ALONE - 
REFUSES TO SUBMIT TO DOMINANT U.S. POWER AND ALSO 
REFUSES TO ORBIT IN THE U.S. CELESTIAL SPHERE AND TO 
SUCCUMB TO U.S. HEGEMONY, INFLUENCE, AND THE DICTATIONS 
OF U.S. POLICY. ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE IS SOME SORT 
OF A PERSONAL VENDETTA THAT PROMPTS THE U.S. PRESIDENT 
TO TAKE REVENGE FROM SADDAM HUSSEIN AFTER GEORGE BUSH 
SR. HAD FAILED TO OUST THE IRAQI PRSIDENT." 
 
AFTER NOTING THAT THE UNITED STATES IS ACCUSING IRAQ OF 
TERRORISM AND OF POSSESSING WEAPONS OF MASS 
DESTRUCTION, ABSI CONCLUDES: "THE RACIST ZIONIST ENTITY 
IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE IS THE UNDECLARED PRETEXT, BEHIND 
WHICH U.S. CALLS FOR EXPEDITING THE TOPPLING OF THE 
IRAQI LEADERSHIP HIDE. WASHINGTON CONSIDERS THE IRAQI 
REGIME AND BAGHDAD'S REJECTION OF U.S.-ZIONIST PROJECTS 
TO SETTLE THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE'S ISSUE AS A THREAT TO 
THIS ENTITY. THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO SINCE IRAQ - DESPITE 
THE UNJUST SIEGE THAT HAS BEEN IMPOSED ON IT FOR OVER 
TEN YEARS - IS STILL CHAMPIONING AND WILL CONTINUE TO 
CHAMPION THE ARAB DREAM AND STAND AGAINST ALL 
IMPERIALIST AND ZIONIST SCHEMES, WHICH SEEK TO MAKE THE 
ARAB NATION DROP TO ITS KNEES." 
 
 
  EDITORIAL COMMENTARIES ON THE QUADRIPARTITE MEETING 
 
-- "THE NEW YORK MEETING AND U.S. SELECTIVITY" 
 
COMMENTING ON THE QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE'S MEETING IN 
NEW YORK, TAHER AL-ADWAN, CHIEF EDITOR OF INDEPENDENT, 
MASS-APPEAL ARABIC DAILY AL-ARAB AL-YAWM WRITES ON JULY 
17: "THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF JORDAN, EGYPT, AND SAUDI 
ARABIA WENT TO NEW YORK TO MEET WITH THE INTERNATIONAL 
QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE WHILE HOLDING A WEAK STAND . . 
. IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT INTER-ARAB DIFFERENCES OVER 
PARTICIPATION AND REPRESENTATION AT THE QUADRIPATITE 
COMMITTEE'S MEETING SHOULD RENDER ANY DECISION MADE A 
MERE CONSECRATION OF THE STATE OF ARAB WEAKNESS." 
 
ADWAN CONCLUDES: "WE DEMAND THAT THE THREE FOREIGN 
MINISTERS DEFEND THE ARAB STAND AS A WHOLE. THIS WILL 
REQUIRE THEM TO CONVINCE THE QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE TO 
AGREE TO MEET WITH ALL MEMBERS OF THE FOLLOW-UP 
COMMITTEE. THE FACT IS THAT U.S. SELECTIVITY AT THIS 
QUADRIPARTITE COMMITTEE'S MEETING MAY PAVE THE WAY FOR 
FUTURE SELECTIVITY WHEN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IS 
CONVENES. INDEED, THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL, WHICH 
NOWADAYS REFUSE TO MEET OR DEAL WITH ARAFAT, MAY DEMAND 
THE EXCLUSION OF SYRIA AND LEBANON FROM THE 
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. THIS IN ITSELF IS A 
DISASTEROUS POLICY THAT SERVES THE U.S. POLICY OF 
SUPERIORITY, WHICH DOES NOT SEE BEYOND SHARON'S NOSE." 
 
-- "THE NEW YORK MEETINGS" 
 
CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR 
(07/17) EDITORIALIZES: "THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS 
IMPORTANT INTERNATIONAL MEETING CAN OFFER A NEW PUSH 
FOR THE PEACE PROCESS IF IT TAKES THE RIGHT START BY 
BASICALLY CONSECRATING THE ISSUE OF WITHDRAWAL OF 
OCCUPATION FORCES FROM PALESTINIAN CITIES AND TOWNS TO 
PAVE THE WAY FOR REQUIRED REFORMS ON THE PART OF THE 
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY." 
 
AL-DUSTOUR ADDS: "WE ALREADY REALIZE THAT THE UNITED 
STATES HAS THE FIRST SAY IN THE QUADRIPARTITE 
COMMITTEE'S MEETINGS. HOWEVER, OPPOSITION FROM THE REST 
OF THE PARTIES OF THE U.S. VIEW, WHICH IS TOTALLY 
IDENTICAL TO THAT OF THE ISRAELI VIEW, SHOULD LEAVE A 
RAY OF HOPE OF PUTTING THE NEW YORK MEETINGS ON THE 
RIGHT TRACK. THIS SHOULD YIELD PARCTICAL AND TANGIBLE 
RESULTS THAT COULD OPEN THE ROAD FOR A RETURN TO 
NEGOTIATIONS." 
 
AL-DUSTOUR CONCLUDES: "WE HOPE THAT INTERNATIONAL 
EFFORT WILL SUCCEED IN GIVING THE PEACE PROCESS A REAL 
PUSH FORWARD AND THAT THE PARTIES WILL BE ABLE TO 
ACHIEVE PRACTICAL AND TANGIBLE RESULTS ON THE GROUND." 
GNEHM 

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