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Abdullah II claims to have switched sides

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  • thekoba@aztecfreenet.org
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2003
      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
      in Jordan.

      --Kevin Walsh

      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
      shameful."

      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.
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