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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Iraq: Baghdad Security Plan; Sao Paulo

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: IRAQ: BAGHDAD SECURITY PLAN; SAO PAULO


"Four Years of Chaos And Violence In Iraq"

Business-oriented Valor Economico editorialized (3/20): "Four years
after the US invasion, Iraq is in agony amidst civil war and chaos.
The US overthrew tyrant Saddam Hussein to 'spread democracy' in the
Middle East. Instead, it spread hatred against itself while the
winds of democratic renewal in the region were not sufficient to
dissipate sectarian hate caused by the invasion and by the US's
unconditional support of the Israeli government's actions. President
George W. Bush changed his strategy and hopes better days will come
while his administration has become weak and unpopular.... Saddam
Hussein's removal caused a power gap that forces aligned with the
main nations in the region tried to fill. Only the US can prevent a
regional confrontation, with foreign intervention, between
Iran-supported Shiites, Sunnis armed by Syria and Saudi Arabia, and
the Kurds.... Washington's most recent initiative is to try to
obtain some stabilization in Baghdad, with a joint action in certain
areas between reinforced US troops and the local police and Army to
disarm the militias, prevent violence and demonstrate in practice
that the Iraqis can trust in their government to establish a
peaceful and democratic coexistence.... There has been some progress
in recent months, although it has been extremely small given the
proportions of the Iraqi problems.... The US is the only force
capable of preventing an ethnic war with foreign intervention from
destroying Iraq. But the US is also hated even by its allies within
the Iraqi government, who want its withdrawal from Iraq as soon as
possible. After a series of mistakes, Bush is now trying to create
areas in which the law prevails, gradually improve the government's
conditions and gain time. It is a limited and hard to execute
strategy - which takes time to show positive results - and is likely
to fail. But the US does not have any other option."
McMullen

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