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Cablegate: Media Reaction Iraq; Harare

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UNCLAS HARARE 001519

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: PREL KPAO KMDR ZI
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION IRAQ; HARARE

1. Under headline "U. S. shows unparalleled savagery,
contempt for human life" the July 28 edition of the
government-controlled daily "The Herald" carried the
following article by Barry Grey, in which he
criticizes the American Government for sanctioning
the emblazoning of the corpses of Saddam Hussein's
two sons, Uday and Qusay. Excerpts:

2. "The world was subjected to a gruesome and barbaric
spectacle on Thursday when the Bush administration
released photographs of the mutilated corpses of
Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, ambushed and
killed by American forces on July 22. . .The
overwhelming majority of people around the world,
and especially in the U. S., will feel only
revulsion and shame at this exhibition of sadism.
Whatever one thinks of the deposed Iraqi ruler and
his sons. . .the actions of the Bush administration
in slaughtering Uday and Qusay Hussein and then
gloating over their dead bodies demonstrate that the
U. S. ruling elite has nothing to learn from its
enemies when it comes to savagery and contempt for
human life. . .The fact that those who wield power
in Washington are blind to the mass revulsion that
will arise in response to the showing of these
photos highlights the insular and degenerate
character of the American ruling elite. These
traits are concentrated in the man who sits atop the
government. The political calculations of Bush and
his associates. . .are of the most crude and
backward sort. It is no exaggeration to say they
reflect a criminal mentality. Bush's inner circle
was intimately involved in the decision to massacre
the Hussein sons and release the photos of their
corpses. . . ."

SULLIVAN

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