Cablegate: Media Reaction On Iraq, May 11, 2004
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ON IRAQ, MAY 11, 2004
1. Editorial in Tegucigalpa-based moderate daily "El
Heraldo" on 5/11 entitled "Beyond 9/11" "If the `war on
terrorism' carried out by Bush and his oil-thirsty `falcons'
has been really caused by the devastating attacks on
September 11, 2001, there's no doubt that the damage caused
to the U.S. by Osama bin Laden has exceeded what Bush's
right-wing extremism had ever expected."
"More than the loss of civil liberties and even the
xenophobia of the antiterrorist policy within the U.S., now
the dramatic images of the Iraqi prisoners have been much
more effective than all Al Qaeda bombs, which have
demolished the faade of the U.S. as the prototype of
democracy, the respect of human rights, and liberty."
"Osama bin Laden must be laughing in his hiding place, just
like all anti-U.S. extremists. No terrorist attack could
cause greater harm than those terrible images that are being
seen around the world."
"Iraq is proving itself to be George W. Bush's political
epitaph, and he's also breeding his own Vietnam."