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Cablegate: Media Reaction War in Iraq; Harare

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UNCLAS HARARE 000713

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR AF/PDPA FOR DALTON, MITCHELL AND SIMS
IRAQ PD FOR SMITH, PINESS AND ROOKARD
NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER
LONDON FOR GURNEY
PARIS FOR NEARY
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: IZ PREL KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION WAR IN IRAQ; HARARE

1. Under headline "What next for 26 million Iraqis
after Saddam?" the independent daily "The Daily News"
dedicated its April 10 editorial to the need for the
UN to be engaged in the reconstruction of Iraq.
Excerpts:

2. "The United Nations is justified to be concerned
at the future of the 26 million people of Iraq after
the United States-British forces have routed Saddam
Hussein and set up a `colonial' administration. The
coalition seems undecided as to the role of the U.N.
after the Iraqi dictatorship has finally been sent
packing. It is vital for the future of the U.N. for
it to be given a role in the Iraq to be rebuilt after
the war. . . The world needs to restore its faith in
the U.N., whose efficacy as the final arbiter of peace
in the world has been sorely challenged by the U.S.-UK
adventure in Iraq. . . The morality of the military
action against Saddam Hussein will be debated for a
long time to come, along with the new doctrine of the
U. S. Government of `regime change. . .' What does
the future hold for what have been called `rogue
regimes' which ignore everything that can conceivably
be seen as allowing for the freedom to the people to
exercise their inalienable rights as citizens? There
are governments today, members of the U.N., who can be
slotted into this category. The U.N. itself has no
power to act against them, unless there is consensus
for such action among the five permanent members of
the Security Council. If there is no consensus, what
happened to Saddam Hussein becomes an option, a
dangerous option, but an option nevertheless."

SULLIVAN

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