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"SHOCK and AWE" in the MID WEST: Over three days, May 3-6, 88 tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the U.S. states of Missouri, Tennessee, southern Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas. Forty people were killed and entire towns wiped out. The mayor of Pierce actually compared his town to Baghdad. Another official in Tennessee used the words "shock and awe" for the barrelling funnel clouds which sounded like freight trains as they tore through town after town. Our sympathies are with the survivors, many of whom asked like Iraqis after B-52 attacks" "Why us?"
SADDAM ALIVE? A taped message given to an Australian journalist seems to be in President Saddam Hussain's voice and refers to current state of affairs. If Saddam is alive, the American occupation is in trouble. There are reports that a billion dollars were taken from the Iraq reserve bank. He could use this money to re-organize the resistance.

On the other hand, the tape may be a fake meant to draw out Saddam loyalists to kill them. The billion dollars could be taken by "coalition forces" and the blame put on Saddam.
[Received from Sis. Hamdiyeh in South Carolina.]
How do Somalis See Fall of Baghdad?
MOGADISHU - Somalis see fall of Baghdad as an act of US colonialism, say Americans cannot be trusted as they serve Israeli interest.

A decade after a US military foray in Somalia ended in bloody embarrassment, residents of the lawless Horn of Africa country saw Wednesday's fall of Baghdad as an act of American colonialism.

"It is bad that Iraq is now an American colony," said Ali Yahya Ahmed, a tailor at Mogadishu's Bakara market.

Ahmed said that it was very deplorable that the Iraqi heroes were overrun by invading, well-armed American forces.

A bitter Sheikh Mohamud, a prominent religious leader, urged the Iraqis to continue fighting Americans until they leave their country, saying that "Iraqis are Arabs, Muslims and have nothing in common with Americans."

Asha Mohamud, a shop owner in north Mogadishu's Sinai market, said "Saddam Hussein may have been bad to his people, but the Americans would not be better than him."

"Maybe they don't watch Arabic TVs to see how many civilians are being killed daily," a crowd shouted at the two supporters of the war, with some saying the two "deserved to be killed for supporting the war in Iraq."

Qur'anic school teacher Ahmed Haji Abdullahi said Sunni Muslims in Iraq would be rounded up and detained.

Other parts of Somalia also did not welcome news of the capture of Baghdad.

Most people interviewed in the breakaway northwest republic of Somaliland capital, Hargeisa, said that although they hated Saddam Hussein, they would never change their minds to accept "imperial takeover of Iraq by the Americans."

"If America stands for peace and security in the Arab world, they should first support UN Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestine," said Ahmed Idris, a driver who worked for many years in Saudi Arabia. "America is giving more attention to Iraqi oil than its people," he charged.

Farmer Ahmed Yakub Ibrahim branded the war "illegal" because it was not supported by the United Nations.

"America is winning a war which is not endorsed by most people in the world," said the farmer.

"After the war is over, the Iraqis should reconcile and forget the past bad history and give the Americans a chance if they are serious to help the Iraqis," he said.

"Maybe they can build Iraq to get the trust of the Islamic world, but you can't trust America as they serve the interest of Israel," he added.
Tuesday : 06/05/2003
[Courtesy: Sudan Society]
Sudan says inclusion on U.S. terror list "unfair" KHARTOUM, Sudan, May 01, 2003 (AP) -- The government of Sudan on Thursday said its continued inclusion on a U.S. list of sponsors of terrorism was "unjust." The United States on Wednesday named seven countries - Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Sudan - as sponsors of terrorism. The same countries were listed last year. "This is an unfair and unjust decision. It is not based on any justification or on a logical basis," said Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail. "It is connected to American internal politics." Ismail told reporters that his government had expected to be removed from the list in light of peace negotiations with the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army. Last week, U.S. President George W. Bush said the Sudanese government was negotiating in good faith with the rebels, but said it should still try harder. His comments ensured that Sudan will not face penalties under the U.S. Congress' Sudan Peace Act, which authorizes Washington to take steps against the Khartoum government if it fails to make a genuine effort to reach peace with the SPLA. Government and rebel leaders are hoping to reach a peace deal this summer after long-running negotiations to end a civil war that began in 1983. But Ismail said the terror list was an American affair that did not worry Sudan. "We do not, however, expect any confrontation between the United States and Sudan anew before the signing of this peace deal," Ismail said. The seven countries listed as sponsors of terror are banned from receiving U.S. weapons and U.S. economic aid, and effectively prevented from receiving World Bank loans.

2003-05-09 Fri 19:32ct