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[casi] World reaction to Iraq's re-admission

Dear list,

Below are some general comments/thoughts from other countries:

London: warned against letting Saddam "make a monkey" of the world.

Russia and China: hailed Iraq's agreement to allow U.N. weapons inspectors, describing it as a 
"positive" and "important step."

Japan: welcomed the news, but said the real issue was whether Baghdad would respect that promise by 
allowing "the immediate, unconditional and unlimited acceptance of inspections and abolishment of 
weapons of mass destruction by Iraq."

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau told Europe 1 radio the international 
community must "not lose any time, act quickly and send back inspectors" with free access.

Palestine: Nabil Abu Rdainah, a senior aide to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said Iraq's move 
had deprived the United States of any excuse for military action against Baghdad.

Kuwait: "The issue is not as simple as how they may imagine (in Iraq) and there is no benefit in 
trying to play like in the past," one official said, referring to crises with Iraq since the 1991 
Gulf War ended its seven-month occupation of Kuwait.

Syria: called on the United States to abandon the "drums of war" and resort to "reason and wisdom" 
to solve the conflict.

Israel: said Iraq's offer was unlikely to prevent U.S. action against Baghdad.

Reaction was mixed elsewhere in the world:

Muslim Malaysia: backed Iraq's demands that punitive U.N. sanctions imposed on Baghdad after its 
invasion of Kuwait should now be scrapped for agreeing to allow the inspectors back.

Australia: cautiously welcomed the decision but said Baghdad had to back words with action.

~ Anai Rhoads

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Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because he who forgives you -- out of love--takes upon 
himself the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.

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