Iraqi resistance, coalition barbarous bombings make Moroccan headlines
Morocco-Iraq, Politics, 3/27/2003
The heroic resistance of the Iraqi people, the US-led unrelenting bombings and King Mohammed VI's deep concern and repeated calls for respect of the Iraqi people's unity and territory, and of Arab states' sovereignty, security and stability made the headlines of this Wednesday's front pages.
In their reports and comments, papers focus on the "barbarity" of US-British bombings against Iraqi cities, and "the Iraqi people's resistance" impeding coalition forces' advance towards cities, mainly Baghdad.
For Al Bayane, the resistance in cities of Oum Kasr, Nassiriyah and Al Basra give an idea of what Baghdad will be. "Even if US-British forces crush the army, the people will organize resistance to oust the invaders," the daily goes.
According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya's speculations, the coalition forces are braced for "worse than what they have experienced so far."
On its part, Al Alam calls for an end to "this unjust war" in keeping with international legality and the will of the international community.
Under the title "the civilians grinding machine is on," "Aujourd'hui le Maroc" daily says that "on the sixth day of war, as cluster bombs are starting to make their appearance in the already-illegal war, civilian populations pay a dear price the resistance encountered by coalition soldiers on the ground."
L'Economiste says "one of the first lessons the Iraqis learned at the first Gulf war is to avoid fighting in the desert because of the coalition's material and technological supremacy." That is why, the analyst concludes, the Iraqi army has chosen to lead the coalition forces where their supremacy will be less decisive.
If this war is costly in human lives, US and Britain, even if they win it, will be accountable before their public opinions which, the daily goes, will undoubtedly influence post-war.
Moroccan press hails Iraqi resistance, hopes war ends
Moroccan intellectuals denounces coalition's 'barbarous aggression'
Moroccans express solidarity with Iraq in several cities
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