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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Mid-East press views Iraq's future

Monday's regional press views the future of post-Saddam Iraq. Several Arabic papers worry that the new government might be pro-Israeli.

An Iranian paper questions whether bombs and missiles can ever bring democracy. While a Kurdish paper pays tribute to a leader wounded in Sunday's "friendly fire" incident" in northern Iraq.


A coalition warplane bombed the Kurdistan peshmerga army and US forces' vehicles at noon yesterday... The brother commander of the special forces of the Kurdistan peshmerga army, Wajih Barzani, was injured.. Yet again it is the fate of the Barzani family to offer the first sacrifice... This is why we have left our destiny in your hands, knowing that Kurdistan will be safe.

Brayati - Kurdistan Democratic Party-affiliated newspaper


The talk of an American administration after this war - a war that is American in all its features - means occupation, even if some of its elements will be Iraqis. Any form of government, even a transitional one, must come under the will of the Iraqi people.

Al-Jazirah - Saudi Arabia


When the missiles stop falling and the roar of aircraft dies down in Iraq the question that will pose itself is the problem of human resources inside Iraq and abroad... Will it be possible to retain these knowledgeable and experienced elements or will they be sent abroad or lured to resettle in America and Britain?

Al-Riyadh - Saudi Arabia


The purpose of the war is not to invade Iraq, but to invade the minds of Iraqis and non-Iraqis. The purpose is to change human beings from citizens who have affinity with a homeland to citizens of the world order, American-style.

Al-Jamahiriyah - Libya


The Americans have recently said that the war on Iraq is aimed at restoring democracy in that country... Can democracy be presented to a country and its people by military attacks, missiles, bombing, bloodshed and destruction of a country's infrastructure?

Iran - Iran


What is going on in Iraq has been planned by professional politicians, the owners of huge weapons manufacturing firms and particularly American oil companies. The extensive destruction of Iraq, dividing the fruits of its reconstruction, exclusive presence in that country and installing a dependent government, are inseparable parts of their game.

Resalat - Iran


In the Middle East, the question is: Who is the next target?... America may increase its threats against Iran. But they have another choice too. And that is a detente with Iran.

Etemaad - Iran


America's all-out military and political presence at our western borders and the completion of Iran's encirclement by this superpower's allies should be viewed as a serious, real and dangerous threat.

Yas-e Now - Iran


America's dreams have pushed it into appointing the retired general, Jay Garner, the ruler of Iraq. He is an arms dealer linked to the Zionist lobby and enjoys warm relations with the Likud party.

Al-Arab al-Alamiyah - London-based


The US war on Iraq has provoked great fear in the Arabs and part of this fear is related to Iraq and the other fundamental part is the subject of Palestine. Washington can strengthen this fear or lessen it.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat - London-based


A gang of the Zionist lobby crept into the hierarchy of the US administration until they infiltrated decision-making positions, especially in the White House and Pentagon, and planted the seeds of discord and hatred against the Arabs.

Al-Hayah - London-based


BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.




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