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Cablegate: Media Reaction; Iran; Iraq; Cuba; 04/11/07; Buenos Aires

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; IRAN; IRAQ; CUBA; 04/11/07; BUENOS AIRES

1. SUMMARY STATEMENT

International stories today include the alleged Iranian energy
crisis that could justify its nuclear program; the upcoming FM
ministerial on the Iraq issue, which will take place in Egypt; and
the US embargo on Cuba, which is questioned not only in Cuba but
also in the US, where the majority of the public opposes it.

Daily-of-record "La Nacion" carries an op-ed piece by Admiral James
G. Stavridis, head of the US South Command.

2. OPINION PIECES AND EDITORIALS

- "(Dead end) ally"

Marcelo Cantelmi, international editor of leading "Clarin," penned
(04/11) "The issue just looks like a (dead end) ally. Ali Lariyani,
secretary to the Iranian Security Council and the one who solved the

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crisis posed by the UK Marines, warned European leaders and the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the end of the
Iranian nuclear program should be neither a condition nor the
outcome of negotiations.

"According to Iranian authorities, their program does not include
the bomb, but, given the circumstances, most believe that this will
be an inevitable consequence in the medium term. The concrete thing
for now is that, in spite of the fact that Iran has abundant amounts
of oil, its energy structure is broken and the nuclear program is a
handy option to solve a crisis that could well lead to social
upheavals.

"As one can see, it is not only pride we are talking about in this
thorny issue."

- "Iraq and the hell of civil war"

Daily-of-record "La Nacion" editorializes (04/11) "On May 1, 2003,
US President George W. Bush triumphantly announced to his people and
the nations making up the military coalition that invaded Iraq -
'Accomplished mission'...

"Four years later, Iraq is merged in a tough sectarian civil war...


"The US seems bogged down in a conflict that not only has impaired
its image in the eyes of the world but which seems to have a remote
an unpredictable end. The shadow of what happened some decades ago
in Lebanon is starting to grow and raises concern in all those who
are involved in this mess. George W. Bush's declared objective of
substituting a democracy for Saddam Hussein's tyranny is now
unrealistic.

"As a consequence of the reshuffling of power occurred due to the
downfall of Saddam Hussein's regime, Iran has become a new regional
power and it openly defies the international community with its
nuclear program, which contributes even further to worsening this
complex reality.

"... The Iraqi FM has just surprisingly announced that the second
meeting for multilateral peace talks will take place in Egypt
instead of Turkey.

"... Four years away from the occupation of Baghdad by the US-led
military coalition, the scenario has considerably worsened and the
worst predictions of those who opposed it seem to have been
accomplished.

"The situation in Iraq will be the prevailing issue in the round of
negotiations in Egypt... The road to dialogue seems to be the proper
option to put an end to the climate of violence that has taken hold
of Iraq and, to some extent, of the entire region. The world should
not miss, then, a crucial opportunity to promote peace."

- "The (US) embargo on Cuba, anachronistic"

An editorial in leading "Clarin" reads (04/11) "Cuba has suffered a
US economic embargo for 45 years, which makes it live under severe
limitations and outside of major trade flows...

"For the first time in history, most people in the US believe that
sanctions should be lifted or softened, which could open prospects
of reestablishing major trade.

"Reasons for this change are pragmatic rather than ideological.
Communism has stopped being the main problem for US foreign policy
and doubts about Castro's fragile health condition raise concerns
and expectations. The problem is how to get out of the prolonged
siege on Cuba without setting off a sudden imbalance in its economy,
a point on which both Washington and Havana certainly agree."

To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our classified website
at:
http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires

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