Cablegate: Media Reaction: Middle East; Iraq; North

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




E.O. 12958: N/A

1. "The liberties taken by Israel's wall"
The leading Globe and Mail opined (8/8): "...U.S.
opposition to the wall - not the right to build it, but
the path it is taking - may have forced Israel to drop
a plan to extend it about 30 kilometres into the West
Bank to include the large Jewish settlement of Ariel.
Nevertheless, the Bush administration is reportedly
considering the imposition of limited economic
sanctions against Israel for other incursions. It need
not come to that. Israel should heed the concerns of
the international community and adjust its plans for
the wall, minimizing the seizure of Palestinian land
and forgoing construction along the Jordan Valley. This
would help build confidence between the two sides just
as further strains are showing between Mr. Sharon and
Mr. Abbas.... Israelis have an absolute right to be
free of terror, but this should not come at the expense
of Palestinian land."

2. "A league of self-deceit"
Under the sub-heading, "Arab states shouldn't criticize
Iraq's fledgling democracy," the nationalist Ottawa
Citizen commented (8/8): "...Rather than
face up to their own responsibilities for what has gone
wrong, too many Arab leaders prefer to fault others -
imperialism, globalization, Americans, Jews
- for the repressiveness, poverty and despair that
characterizes much of the Arab world.... [W]ith Saddam
gone, would the Arab League refuse to recognize
a body that is the most representative Iraq has ever
known? Could it be because Arab leaders fear that a
'successful' Iraqi experiment in democracy will expose
their own illegitimacy? If the United States
transforms Iraq into even a modestly democratic,
constitutionally-ordered society, every Arab leader
will face reformist pressures. It's as if the Arab
League wants post-Saddam Iraq to fail in order to
justify the continuance of their own authoritarian
regimes.... In refusing to welcome Iraq's governing
council, the Arab League has showed that many in the
Arab elite continue to wander in the deserts of denial,
maintaining their power and masking their failings by
refusing to face the geo-political realities of today's
Middle East."

3. "Some reasons for hope on North Korea this time"
The left-of-center Vancouver Sun observed (8/6): "After
insisting for nine months that it would engage only in
bilateral talks with the United States
- with no other country at the same table - North Korea
agreed on the weekend to multilateral talks on the
future of its nuclear weapons program. That's important
because the Americans were just as stubbornly refusing
to engage in the bilateral talks the North Koreans
wanted. We don't know for sure what prompted North
Korea to be the one to blink. Nonetheless, we applaud
this diplomatic breakthrough for several reasons....
[I]t's a relief that North Korea has finally agreed to
sit down with Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and the
U.S. to figure out ways of dismantling its nuclear
program in exchange for economic aid and assurances
that it won't be
attacked. But our optimism is tempered because
Pyongyang isn't known as a government that keeps its
word.... A White House spokesman acknowledges that
there will be opportunities during the multilateral
meetings for North Korea and the U.S. or any other
party to talk directly to each other. Such a flexible
attitude could go a long way towards convincing North
Korea to give up its nuclear dreams. So while the
Chinese and the Russians are twisting Mr. Kim's arm,
Japan, South Korea - already a major donor of aid to
the North - and the U.S. can and should be easing his
discomfort by offering economic assistance. Enticements
alone haven't worked, and neither has the
threat of force. But offering the carrot and wielding
the stick together have a much better chance of


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: UN Condemns Escalating Violence In Deadliest Day Of Protests So Far

In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar’s military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the “escalating violence” and called for an immediate end to the use of force... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>