US embassy cable - 90KUWAIT4144

SADDAM'S THREAT HELPS PULL KUWAITIS TOGETHER

Identifier: 90KUWAIT4144
Wikileaks: View 90KUWAIT4144 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Kuwait
Created: 1990-07-21 12:20:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PGOV PINS KU IZ
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
P 211220Z JUL 90 ZFF-4 STATE ONLY
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0382
USIA WASHDC PRIORITY 5497
INFO AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
AMCONSUL DHAHRAN
AMEMBASSY DOHA
AMCONSUL JEDDAH
AMEMBASSY MANAMA
AMEMBASSY MUSCAT
AMEMBASSY RIYADH
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL
CJTFME
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KUWAIT 04144 
 
ALSO FOR POLAD 
JERUSALEM FOR LEAF 
USIA FOR NEA 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL:OADR 
TAGS:  PREL, PGOV, PINS, KU, IZ 
SUBJECT:  SADDAM'S THREAT HELPS PULL KUWAITIS TOGETHER 
 
REFS:  (A) FBIS LD2007205690 (NOTAL), 
-      (B) 89 KUWAIT 6293 (NOTAL) 
-      (C) TUNIS 7242 (NOTAL) 
 
 
1.  (C)  SUMMARY.  IRAQI THREATS HAVE HAD THE EFFECT OF 
UNIFYING SOME KUWAITI LEFTISTS AND POLITICAL OPPOSITION 
SUPPORTERS BEHIND THE GOK.  THE LEFTIST KUWAIT TRADE 
UNION FEDERATION (KTUF), IN A JULY 20 STATEMENT, 
DENOUNCED IRAQI ALLEGATIONS AS TANTAMOUNT TO A DIRECT 
MILITARY ACTION AGAINST KUWAIT AND CALLED FOR DIALOGUE 
BETWEEN IRAQ AND KUWAIT.  DR. AHMED AL-RUBIE, A LEADING 
"GROUP OF 32" POLITICAL OPPOSITION MEMBER KNOWN FOR HIS 
MARXIST BELIEFS AND ANTI-GOVERNMENT RHETORIC, 
EDITORIALIZED IN AL-WATAN JULY 21 THAT, WHEN IT COMES TO 
THE ISSUE OF KUWAIT'S NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, "PEOPLE ARE 
NOT DIVIDED BETWEEN RULERS AND RULED, BUT WOULD RATHER 
MANIFEST A UNIFIED NATIONAL KUWAITI UNANIMITY."  END 
SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (U)  IN A JULY 20 STATEMENT CARRIED BY THE KUWAIT 
STATE NEWS AGENCY (KUNA) AND REF A FBIS REPORT, THE 
KUWAIT TRADE UNION FEDERATION (KTUF) DENOUNCED IRAQI 
ALLEGATIONS AGAINST KUWAIT AS "TANTAMOUNT TO DIRECT 
MILITARY ACTION."  THE STATEMENT ASSERTED, "WE ARE NOT 
HERE TO RECALL EITHER THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE EXTENDED 
BY KUWAIT OR THE SACRIFICES INCURRED BY THE KUWAITI 
PEOPLE BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THIS IS OUR NATIONAL 
OBLIGATION AND WE REFRAIN FROM REMINDING BROTHERS OF 
WHAT WE HAVE DONE FOR THEM."  THE KTUF CALLED FOR 
"SINCERE" DIALOGUE ON OIL ISSUES AND DEMARCATION AND 
QUESTIONED WHY IRAQ HAD SETTLED BORDER ISSUES WITH 
JORDAN AND SAUDI ARABIA DURING THE GULF WAR, BUT NOT 
WITH KUWAIT.  THE STATEMENT CONCLUDED WITH A CALL TO 
"JOIN FORCES AGAINST OUR COMMON ENEMY.  LET ALL GUNS AND 
MISSILES BE AIMED AT THOSE WHO KILL PALESTINIAN 
CHILDREN." 
 
3.  (U)  KUWAIT UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR DR. 
AHMED AL-RUBIE, IN A JULY 21 AL-WATAN (ARABIC, LEFTIST) 
EDITORIAL, WROTE:  "IRAQ KNOWS THAT THE PROBLEM WHICH IT 
RAISED HAS TO DO WITH THE NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY OF 
KUWAIT.  IN SUCH ISSUES, PEOPLE ARE NOT DIVIDED BETWEEN 
RULERS AND RULED, BUT WOULD RATHER MANIFEST A UNIFIED 
NATIONAL KUWAITI UNANIMITY.  IF WE BELIEVE IN UNITY AS 
AN ARAB DESTINY, IT IS NECESSARY THAT WE BEHAVE 
EQUITABLY, FOR THERE IS NO SMALL ARAB AND NO BIG ARAB OR 
STRONG ARAB AND WEAK ARAB.  ALSO, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND 
THAT NOBODY CAN REALIZE HIS INTERESTS AT THE EXPENSE OF 
OTHERS." 
 
4.  (C)  COMMENT.  BOTH THE KTUF AND AL-RUBIE, WHO IS 
CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE KTUF, ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR 
ANTI-GOVERNMENT, LEFTIST RHETORIC (REF B).  THE 
HARVARD-EDUCATED AL-RUBIE IS DESCRIBED AS A MARXIST AND 
IS ONE OF THE MORE RADICAL MEMBERS OF THE "GROUP OF 32" 
EX-PARLIAMENT DEPUTIES, WHO FORM THE CORE OF KUWAIT'S 
POLITICAL OPPOSITION TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THE 
RECENTLY-CREATED NATIONAL COUNCIL.  THE SUPPORT WHICH 
BOTH THE KTUF AND AL-RUBIE HAVE EXPRESSED FOR THE 
GOVERNMENT IS, THEREFORE, SIGNIFICANT.  AS THE KUWAITI 
AMBASSADOR TO TUNIS NOTED IN REF C, SADDAM IS MAKING A 
MISTAKE IF HE THINKS HE CAN EXPLOIT POLITICAL 
DIFFERENCES IN KUWAIT.  IF ANYTHING, THE CRISIS WILL 
PROBABLY HELP TO UNIFY KUWAIT'S VARIOUS POLITICAL AND 
SOCIAL GROUPINGS FULLY BEHIND THE AMIR.  WE EXPECT THAT 
IF AL-RUBIE HAS ALREADY CHIMED IN, IT WON'T BE LONG 
BEFORE OTHER OPPOSITION MEMBERS OF FAR LESS RADICAL 
VIEWPOINTS, POSSIBLY INCLUDING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 
CHAIRMAN ABDULAZIZ AL-SAGER, WILL BE PRESSURED TO MAKE 
SIMILAR STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT.  END COMMENT. 
 
 
HOWELL 

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