Cablegate: Media Reaction Iraq; Harare
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UNCLAS HARARE 001672
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. N. abuse by UK and U. S. must be
probed" the August 24 edition of the government-
controlled weekly "The Sunday Mail" carried the
following opinion piece by Tafataona Mahoso under
his regular column "African Focus":
2. "For those nations who seek to advance and uphold
international humanitarian ideals and principles,
the real tragedy of the recent attack on the U. N.
headquarters in Iraq is that Iraqis can no longer
separate UK-U. S. objectives in the aggression
against Iraq and the occupation of that country from
the U. N. mission which is supposed to be neutral
and strictly humanitarian. The problem is that the
rightwing administrations of President George W.
Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have
criminally made the U. N. an accomplice of their
illegal occupation of Iraq. . .The Iraqi people need
to be rescued from all illegal aggression and
occupation which has resulted in the theft of their
petroleum. . .and the U. N. also requires rescuing
from its perceived complicity in the U. S.-UK crime
against the people of Iraq. . .The African Union
should persuade all those opposed to the unipolar
doctrine to convene an emergency session of the U.
N. General Assembly to stop the U. S.-UK subversion
and prostitution of the U. N. This should be done
for the sake of the Iraqi people. . . ."