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Volume 3,  Number 11              April 13 - 19, 2003            Quezon City, Philippines

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The invasion and occupation of Iraq will be catastrophic

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ROME - Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara warned that the invasion and occupation of Iraq is a "catastrophic war that will lead to chaos," in an interview published by the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Notimex reports.

"The war was badly planned, the opinions of the countries in the region were ignored, mediation was not sought, nor the passive acceptance of neighboring countries (Turkey, Syria and Iran), but the United States allowed itself to be carried away by hatred, prejudice and a desire for revenge," he stated.

In Jakarta, Magawati Sukarnoputri, the president of Indonesia, affirmed today that "the United States and Britain are exercising the law of the jungle against Iraq, in the name of a false justice," PL sables.

The Saudi press, which generally reflects the authorities' point of view, advised Washington on Monday not to install a U.S. military government in Baghdad, which it considers equivalent to Iraq's occupation, AFP informed.

For its part the Al Medina daily opines: "The U.S. administration is talking of placing U.S. leaders in Iraq until the country reaches maturity and oil is under its control," and now "it is seeking a legal pretext for being the sole beneficiary of Iraqi oil resources."

ANSA reports from London that Labour MP's George Galloway and Tam Dalyell could be expelled from the Party in the next few days after having excessively criticized the bellicose policy of Prime Minister Tony Blair, according to a Labour spokesperson.

Last week Galloway urged British troops to disobey illegal orders and described Blair and the U.S. president as "wolves."  

Dalyell meanwhile, wrote in an article in The Guardian newspaper that Blair is a war criminal who should be sent to International Court in The Hague.


09.04.2003 [17:20]


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