26_September [Archives:2004/730/Press Review]

April 19 2004

15 Apr 2004
Main headlines
– President Saleh: Political reforms could not be imposed from outside but spring from peoples' will
– Chirac: We appreciate Yemen's efforts in supporting security and stability in the region and its successes in fighting terror
– Yemen and Turkey to sign an agreement on security cooperation and fighting terror
– Border demarcation with Saudi Arabia progresses normally
In his article on the American fall in the Iraqi trap columnist Faisal Jallul says it is mostly thought that Washington did not comprehend the volume of dangers the war on Iraq was fraught with. Leaders of the White House thought the scenario of the Taliban regime collapse in Afghanistan a year before the fall of Baghdad, cooperation of the Afghan parties with the occupying troops and joining of international forces, including the United Nations, could be repeated in Iraq the moment of the regime of President Saddam Hussein falls. They also thought that implicit and public acceptance by Iraq's neighbours for the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime would open an opportunity for stability of occupation in this country and re-formulate its order according to the occupier desire and also that could lead to terrorize the refusing countries in the region and maybe topple a number of them according to what is known as the domino theory and then changing the entire Middle East region.
It is obvious that temptations of occupying Iraq; oil, rapid victory, a regional change for serving Israel, ideological victory, governing the United Nations and re-limiting of its role and others, have made Washington forget and disregard controls of security and safety in this adventure and ridicule from European rejections and turn its back to international laws and rules. Moreover, the Washington's exultation of the rapid fall of Baghdad has pushed it to commit more follies and mistakes by taking crazy decisions such as dissolving the army and all Iraqi government establishments and to work for recomposing a new state so that a new history for Iraq would begin by the date of the occupation. Washington did not listen to all European and international warnings of the aftermath of staying in Iraq without a legal and moral covering. It has also did not heed to the advices of its allies on the necessity of speeding up the transfer of power to the Iraqis but rather it began swiftly planning for toppling a number of counties neighbouring to Iraq. But since the beginning of the various forms of Iraqi resistance last summer, Washington has begun searching for a plan for a face-saving way of getting out of Iraq. If Washington is not able to crystallize a strategy of getting out of the Iraqi quagmire, its allies do have such a strategy. Among syllabus of the strategy is rendering affairs of this country to the United Nations and perhaps engaging the Arabs in solving the Iraqi crisis and maybe participation of the NATO and others on condition is that to be under the care of the United Nations.