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Letter: Cheney visit to Middle East only made it worse

Many leading newspapers in Middle Eastern countries are ridiculing the current visit of Vice President Cheney. Their comments are illustrated by the following excerpt from Jordan's largest circulation paper, "Amman Al-Ray," published on May 10: "...

Many leading newspapers in Middle Eastern countries are ridiculing the current visit of Vice President Cheney. Their comments are illustrated by the following excerpt from Jordan's largest circulation paper, "Amman Al-Ray," published on May 10: "If Cheney seeks the Arab countries cooperation, he must employ his influence in Israel to seek a just and comprehensive solution for the Palestinian cause in accordance with the Arab initiative and the road map because the Israeli threat is concrete and is embodied in the never-ending occupation of the Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese territories, while the Iranian threat is just a possibility that calls for alertness, but has no priority."

Another Jordan daily says that Cheney has come because, "He wants to blame the neighbor countries for the failure of the U.S. policy that he engineered for Iraq." The Israel-Palestine conflict is the cancer, which feeds Islamic unrest and terrorism.

Rolf Westgard

Deerwood, Minn.

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