Al-Balagh [Archives:2003/628/Press Review]

March 24 2003

18 March 2003
Main headlines:
– Saddam Hussein: I'll extend confrontation all over the world
– Saudi scholars call for Jihad (holy war) against America
– Arab countries plan to expel American and British ambassadors
– Kharazi: America targets the entire region
The newspaper's editorial says the United States has shot the last bullet at the United Nations to put an end to it by its insistence on dealing military strikes to Iraq without getting a UN Security Council resolution giving a mandate to do that. In behaving by this way the United States seeks to address a new formula for the UN and the Security Council to be dictated on others instead of the present system that has annoyed it when some of the Security Council permanent members threatened use the veto against a resolution permitting automatic use of force against Iraq.
With the beginning of the declared war on Iraq the UN would have lost its legitimacy and the orientation heads for drawing up broad lines for the new international system. In this context the Arab and Islamic countries must not adopt an attitude of a spectator. They should have a role in the new world order through drawing up general strategies for the Arab and Islamic world countries in concert with Europe, Russia and China an must not submit to the
American hegemony which knows no other language but that of force. The
Arab and Islamic countries must move to salvage what could be saved in order not to be an easy prey for the American domination.