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[] US Militär sendet in den Irak,

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2002 -- The U.S. military has stepped up its
information campaign to inform the Iraqi people and military forces of
their leader's treachery and the consequences of supporting him.

U.S. Air Force EC-130E Command Solo planes since Dec. 12 have been
broadcasting messages into Iraq. A Defense Department spokesman
stressed the planes are not flying in Iraqi airspace, not even in the
no-fly zones in the country's north and south.

At least nine separate messages are being broadcast at various times of
day. Leaflets dropped over the country advise people what frequencies
to tune into.

Messages aimed at Iraqi soldiers advise them that Saddam Hussein
tarnishes their reputation by using the military to "persecute those
who don't agree with his unjust agenda."

"Saddam uses his soldiers as puppets, not for the glory of Iraq," one
message states. It informs soldiers that Hussein put land mines behind
Iraqi soldiers fighting in the desert during the Gulf War so they
couldn't retreat.

"Will your unit be the next one sacrificed?" one message asks. "When
will the Iraqi army become a legitimate army of the people and not
serve as bodyguards for Saddam's regime?"

A message aimed at the Iraqi public compares Hussein with Soviet
dictator Josef Stalin. "In the end, the world has paid a higher price
for not stopping men like Stalin when they had the chance," one
broadcast stated, suggesting now is the time to stop Hussein, "before
he destroys Iraq and crushes the hope of its proud people."

One message outlined the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441,
approved unanimously Nov. 8, that gives Hussein one final chance to
declare his weapons of mass destruction programs and disarm. A separate
message carries recordings of comments that President Bush and U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan made concerning that resolution

Another informs the public about how Hussein has misused the U.N. Oil
for Food program to buy weapons and produce biological and chemical
weapons while Iraqi civilians go hungry and their children die of
diseases that are easily treated in other parts of the world.

Other messages explain inspections by the International Atomic Energy
Agency and Exercise Internal Look, which the U.S. Central Command has
been conducting in Qatar.

Olivier Minkwitz___________________________________________
Dipl. Pol.
HSFK Hessische Stiftung für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung
PRIF Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Leimenrode 29 60322 Frankfurt a/M Germany
Tel +49 (0)69 9591 0422  Fax +49 (0)69 5584 81                         pgpKey:0xAD48A592
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