Wednesday, February 19, 2003

U.S. War on Iraq to Create More bin Laden Recruits
"America's incorrect policy and its double standards in the region have made people like bin Laden preserve their popularity and become a hero especially among the youth in the Islamic states," Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said this week.

"One alarming factor is that anti-Americanism is growing even among the traditionally pro-Western Arab middle and upper class. "There doesn't seem to be a middle ground in the Middle East now. People who are Western-educated with liberal values and sympathetic to the West are now hostile. Their position has been undermined by U.S. policy," one diplomat said.

"Arab politicians and academics have deep suspicion about U.S. intentions. They say Israel and its hawkish American allies, many of whom hold top jobs in the U.S. administration of President George W. Bush, are trying to get America to destroy Israel's enemies and control oil in the Gulf."

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