February 16, 2003

FORCING THE CONTRADICTIONS (cont.):

Rifts Appear at Arab Ministers' Talks on Iraq (Andrew Hammond and Esmat Salaheddin, February 16, 2003, Reuters)
Arab foreign ministers' talks on Iraq hit a snag Sunday amid discussions on a draft declaration that would call on Arab states to refuse Washington any help for a war on Iraq, Arab League sources said.

They said the rift between traditional U.S. allies like Egypt and oil-rich Gulf monarchies, and states like Syria, centers around whether Washington or Baghdad had to cooperate more to resolve the crisis and avert a war.

The rift emerged as the foreign ministers discussed holding an emergency Arab summit on Iraq. It also came as the ministers were studying a separate draft declaration on denying the U.S. any help in any war. [...]

The sources said traditional U.S. allies such as Egypt and the Gulf states wanted the forthcoming summit to urge Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to be more cooperative with U.N. weapons inspections and abide by United Nations resolutions.

But states which have more troubled ties with Washington, such as Syria, Libya and Sudan, argue that a summit of Arab heads of state would be worthless unless it sent a strong message to the United States, rejecting its policies which they say destabilize the volatile region.


It's that simple: who ya' gonna side with, the Junior Axis of Evil (Syria, Libya and Sudan), or the U.S.? Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2003 3:49 PM
Comments

I think most of them shouldn't help. No say in the future gov of Iraq.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 17, 2003 2:05 AM

and we can tell the new Iraqi government not to repay the old one's debts.

Posted by: oj at February 17, 2003 8:52 AM
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