Abdullah II claims to have switched sides
- The following three articles all appeared on page A6 of the Friday 4 April
2003 edition of The Arizona Republic and all are credited only to wire
services. As to his majesty's alleged change in position, one is inclined
to ask him why there are still hundreds of American soldiers at a base
only 30 kilometres from Amman and why thousands are stationed elsewhere
JORDAN'S KING SWITCHES FROM U.S. ON WAR STANCE
Amman, Jordan--Feeling the pressure of public opinion against the war,
Jordan's King Abdullah II shifted his pro-American stance Thursday and
denounced the military operation as an "invasion" that has exacerbated
the suffering of the Iraqi people.
The king has come under fire from his politically active population for his
decision to allow U.S. ground forces to be based in Jordan.
In remarks published Thursday in all of the country's newspapers, the
monarch adopted language from his capital's streets, reflecting a more
emotional view against the war.
IRANIAN PRESIDENT WARNS U.S. TO STOP IRAQ WAR
Tehran, Iran--Iran's reformist president warned Thursday that terrorists
will view the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as a "green light" to attack U.S.
interests and called on Americans to "wake up" and stop the war.
"Those who drop bombs and missiles on Iraq will harvest nothing other than
destruction and people's hatred," state-run Tehran television quoted
President Mohammad Khatami as saying.
"If this war is not contained, its consequences for the world and the
region will be many times more dangerous than the Vietnam tragedy."
VANDALS HIT CEMETERY, DRAW WRATH OF CHIRAC
Paris--President Jacques Chirac expressed outrage Thursday at the desecration
of a British war cemetary in northern France by opponents of the war in Iraq.
In a letter to Queen Elizabeth II, Chirac described the scrawling of anti-war
graffiti on monuments at the World War I cemetary as "inadmissible and
British tourists discovered the graffiti shortly after vandals struck last
week, using red spray paint to make offensive statements about Prime Minister
Tony Blair and President Bush.