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Cablegate: Counter-Terrorism: The Word Is Getting Out

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

230418Z Jan 02

2002HANOI00149 - UNCLASSIFIED

UNCLASSIFIED PTQ1479

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FM AMEMBASSY HANOI
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INFO AMCONSUL HO CHI MINH CITY
AMEMBASSY BANGKOK
AMEMBASSY PHNOM PENH
AMEMBASSY VIENTIANE
USCINCPAC HONOLULU HI

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STATE FOR EAP/BCLTV AND EAP/PD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER PREL KPAO OIIP VM CWG PD CTERR
SUBJECT: COUNTER-TERRORISM: THE WORD IS GETTING OUT
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1. EVEN DURING AN EMBASSY-SPONSORED LANGUAGE IMMERSION
TRIP TO THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF HUE JANUARY 19-22, THE
CAMPAIGN AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM REMAINED A
SURPRISINGLY RECURRENT THEME. IN RANDOM AND INFORMAL
CONVERSATIONS WITH THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF CONSTRUCTION
WORKERS ENGAGED IN THE UNESCO-SPONSORED RESTORATION OF THE
IMPERIAL PALACE COMPOUND (WHERE THEY LIVE IN HUTS WITHOUT
READY ACCESS TO TELEVISION OR NEWSPAPERS), POL/C WAS
BOMBARDED WITH QUESTIONS LIKE "HOW IS THE WAR AGAINST
TERRORISM GOING," AND "WHERE IS BIN LADEN NOW?" OVER AND
OVER, WORKERS STRESSED THEIR STRONG OPPOSITION TO TERRORISM,
SUPPORT FOR THE US-LED CAMPAIGN, AND THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE'S
"HATRED" OF BIN LADEN AND OTHER TERRORISTS. ONE JOKED THAT
PERHAPS BIN LADEN WAS NOW HIDING IN CAMBODIA; WHEN POL/C
ASKED WHAT VIETNAM WOULD DO IF HE TRIED TO ENTER THIS
COUNTRY, OTHER WORKERS ROBUSTLY PROCLAIMED THAT THE GVN
WOULD ARREST HIM AND STOP HIM FROM CONTINUING HIS TERRORIST
ACTIONS.

2. VARIOUS WORKERS EXPRESSED SYMPATHY FOR THE VICTIMS OF
SEPTEMBER 11. AFTER VOICING THE STRONG DESIRE OF THE
VIETNAMESE PEOPLE FOR "PEACE," SOME WORKERS ADDED THAT THEY
UNDERSTOOD THAT THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN WAS NECESSARY IN
ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE LASTING PEACE THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
WANTED.

2. COMMENT: THIS NON-SCIENTIFIC SAMPLING OF WORKING CLASS
OPINION OBVIOUSLY CANNOT BE REPRESENTATIVE OF BROADER PUBLIC
OPINION. BUT IT IS STRIKING THAT, EVEN IN A COUNTRY WHERE
THE GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED MEDIA HAS NOT BEEN VERY
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FORTHCOMING IN RELAYING THE US MESSAGE, THE MESSAGE HAS
GOTTEN OUT LOUD AND CLEAR: INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM IS A
THREAT TO PEACE; BIN LADEN AND HIS ASSOCIATES ARE BAD AND
MUST BE STOPPED; AND, THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST
TERRORISM IS NECESSARY AND MERITS THE SUPPORT OF PEACE-
LOVING PEOPLES.
BURGHARDT

UNCLASSIFIED

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