April 17, 2004

US Iraq policy continues to win friends.

Images from the occupation of Iraq are causing a public relations nightmare for the US, says Jordan's King Abd Allah. Speaking in San Francisco, the king said he was greatly concerned over how these images are affecting public opinion in the Middle East.

"They turn on the TV and they see an Israeli tank in a tank battle with ordinary Palestinians. The programme changes and they see an American tank facing Iraqi people," he said.

"This has created for the first time that I have felt in the Middle East some sort of animosity that I never felt or heard about towards the United States..."

"The feeling that is being felt toward the United States around the region and around the world is not a healthy one," he said. "At the end of the day, you are being held responsible, rightly or wrongly."

Via Aljazeera.

Posted by Magpie at April 17, 2004 08:24 AM | Iraq | Technorati links |

This is the sort of thing that is going to cause the religious war that Bush's neo-con supporters have been wanting for so long. Bush has just come out 100% behind the Israeli plan to dislodge more Palestinians from their lands, so it won't be hard for the typical person, even if not too well-educated, to make the connection that the very well-educated Jordanian king has made.

Those of you who are teachers out there just might want to start showing your students what will cause the war they will be expected to fight when they get old enough to haul a gun around.

Posted by: pessimist at April 17, 2004 02:11 PM