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Cablegate: Kuwait Media Reaction - American Policy, Iraq, Iran, And

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SUBJECT: KUWAIT MEDIA REACTION - AMERICAN POLICY, IRAQ, IRAN, AND
HAMAS

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Monday, July 09, 2007

-- Under the title "Message to the Respected American President"
Yacoub Al-Awadi commented in moderate Arabic daily Al-Rai (07/09):

"We say to religious President George Bush that his administration's
foreign policy in dealing with oppressed peoples is the furthest
thing from the teachings of Jesus Christ."

-- "The Anniversary of the Iraqi Invasion Approaches: Kuwait and
Iraq and the Missing Relationship" was the title of Hassan Ali
Karam's piece in conservative Arabic daily Al-Watan in which he
penned (07/09):

"As the anniversary of the 1991 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait draws
closer, we must ask where is our relationship with the new Iraq.
Since the fall of the Saddam regime four years ago, both Iraqi and
Kuwaiti officials insist that relations between the two countries
are excellent. But in reality there is no evidence that any
progress has been made on regaining trust. Many Kuwaitis still
worry about Iraqi intentions towards their country."

-- Dr. Bassam Al-Shatti wrote in moderate Arabic daily Alam Al-Yawm
under the title "'Peace' Beating the Drums of War" (07/09):

"The Iranian satellite station 'Peace,' which is transmitted from
America, airs interviews with Iranians who fan the fire of
hostilities and enmity between the Sunnis and the Shiites."

-- Under the title "Hamas Bankruptcy" Mikhlid Al-Shammari
editorialized in moderate Arabic daily Al-Anbaa (07/09):

"Despite the prospects for the establishment of a Palestinian state,
Hamas has intentionally turned the situation in the occupied
territories back to square one. Isn't 59 years of misery enough?"

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