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Cablegate: Government Newspaper Replays Carter Criticism Of

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200850Z Nov 02

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SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER REPLAYS CARTER CRITICISM OF
PRESIDENT BUSH


1. Under headline Bush needs political education the
government-controlled daily "Chronicle" used its
November 18 editorial to urge President Bush to take
advice from former President Carter. Excerpts:

2. ". . .The United States is in the forefront of
calling for the disarmament of Iraq which is
believed to have weapons of mass destruction but it
is not prepared to lead the way by disarming itself.
It is also known for preaching abstractions such a
democracy, good governance and the rule of law but
evidence on the ground does not show that it is
practicing these values. U.S. President George W.
Bush and his British ally Tony Blair are threatening
to attack Iraq should it not disarm. . . Former
U.S. president Jimmy Carter and this year's Nobel
Peace price winner on Friday exposed the U.S.'s
hypocrisy when he said while the U.S. was leading
the crusade for countries such as North Korea and
Iraq to disarm, it is in fact building up dangerous
weapons itself. . . The 78-year old statesman also
said that there was a feeling among other nations
that the U.S. has become too arrogant, too dominant
and too self-centered. . .' and wants to control the
world. The former U.S. leader has made a pertinent
observation and we hope the Bush administration will
listen to this voice of reason. It does not need a
rocket scientist to tell that the U.S. is
unnecessarily pushing its weight around accusing
small nations of all sorts of things, The question
that many peace-loving people in the global village
are asking is, who will police the Americans who
appear to have declared themselves as world
'watchdog.'

"Recently a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for African Affairs in the U.S. government
Mark Bellamy said his government was considering
"all approaches' to distribute food directly to
villagers. The U.S. Government has for sometime now
been accusing the government of Zimbabwe of failing
to comply with the basic principles of democracy and
human rights violations. We are also wondering
whether Bush's win of that country's controversial
presidential election through the courts can be
defined by all standards as democrac" at play. It
is for this reason that we implore Bush to seek
advice from the likes of Carter for better a America
and a better world for all - big and small."

SULLIVAN

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