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Arab world enraged by US missile strikesBy Michael Georgy, Reuters, 08/21/98
In Tripoli, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose own home was hit by an American air raid in 1986, led a rally to condemn the missile strike against Sudan.
``USA, Down, Down,'' the crowds chanted. ``Sudan do not fear, Gaddafi's people are with you.''
Washington launched the cruise missiles at what it said were terrorist bases in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for bomb attacks two weeks ago on its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in which at least 263 people including 12 Americans died.
In Beirut, the radical Iranian-backed Hizbollah, which the United States describes as a terrorist group that has hit American targets before, warned that the strikes could unleash further violence against American interests around the world.
``If the United States thinks that in this way it can terrorise Arabs and Moslems, it is sure that this savage act against the innocent will fan the flame of antagonistic feelings towards the United States,'' Hizbollah spokesman Ammar Mousawi told Reuters.
Naeem Qassem, Hizbollah's deputy chief, told Reuters Television: ``We consider the strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan an aggression and terrorism in all its forms because no state has the right to appoint itself as the ruler of the world.''
Those bitter feelings were echoed by preachers in Beirut mosques.
A Lebanese newspaper found graphic language to suggest Clinton had ordered the action to deflect attention from a scandal over former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
``The United States closed the zipper of its president and opened the buttocks of its warships to rocket Afghanistan and Sudan. Lewinsky's dress is no longer the evidence...after Clinton discovered Osama Bin Laden's dishdash,'' said an editorial in al-Kifah al-Arabi newspaper. A dishdash is a traditional flowing robe worn by Arab men.
``Clinton attempts to cover up scandal with aggression against Sudan and Afghanistan,'' said a front page headline in Lebanon's widely-read as-Safir newspaper.
Even newspapers in the Gulf, where Washington is valued as a vital military and political shield against regional powerhouses Iraq and Iran, had strong words for Washington.
Qatar's independent al-Sharq newspaper said in an editorial that by lauching the attacks, the United States had resorted to the ``law of the jungle in handling international problems.''
``Likewise, it was a terrorist response to a terrorist act,'' it said.
That charge was echoed by Egypt's outlawed but influential Moslem Brotherhood which predicted that ``this act of terrorism and muscle flexing'' would ``ignite the flame of extremism and instability in the region.''
Palestinian officials also denounced the strikes.
``We are against any attack on any Arab state by the United states or by any other country,'' said senior Palestinian negotiator Hassan Asfour.
``Terrorism has many manifestations. Killing of Palestinians by Israeli settlers was another way of terrorism. I call upon the international community to put limits on the American explanation for the term terrorism,'' he told Reuters.
Jordan reserved judgement but called for dialogue instead of escalating violence.
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