A senior member of the Jordanian
royal family has criticized the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. Prince Hassan says
more American troops will not be able to pacify Iraq.
Prince Hassan is the uncle of Jordanian King Abdullah, and he is considered
one of the Middle East's foremost authorities on foreign affairs.
Prince Hassan told British radio he is worried that violence is spinning
out of control in Iraq, Jordan's eastern neighbor.
"Occupation breeds resistance, and resistance provokes extreme violence of
the occupiers, which causes more pain and suffering, leading to even more stern
resistance," he said. "And it is a spiral of violence, whether you call it
a national uprising or whether you call it partial uprising, the fact is that
without dealing with the root cause of the problem, notably the occupation
itself, I really do not see how the arrival of new troops is going to address
the issue on the ground."
The U.S. military commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, has
asked for 10,000 more troops in Iraq following a surge in combat with militants
Prince Hassan says Iraq is part of a spreading international conflict that
he fears will claim more and more lives.
"Acts of terror, genocide, two major recent wars, deaths of many thousands
of all races and religions. Where does the violence stop?" he asked. "All I
see is a series of unfinished business: Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine. So it
is not a Third World War between armies. It is something more insidious. I
think it is Third World Anarchy, if you will, which is progressing as we speak."
Prince Hassan expressed his pessimist views ahead of King Abdullah's trip
to Washington next week for talks with President Bush on Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian