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Pictures of War
Aired March 26, 2003 - 03:50 ET
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CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: The United Nations Security Council is to meet today at the behest of the Arab League and non-aligned countries. The Arab League is expected to ask for an immediate withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq. Arab nations are also considering drafting a resolution condemning the attack, but that would be unlikely to pass since the U.S. and Britain have veto power over any new resolutions.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: Well on the streets of many Arab capitals, people are voicing their opposition to the war against Iraq.
Our Hala Gorani has more now from Iran.
HALA GORANI, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): In Jordan they demonstrated in a snowstorm, a relatively small number of protestors. The bad weather, perhaps, keeping some people away in Amman. The Muslim Brotherhood and various opposition groups chanted anti-U.S. slogans and pledged solidarity with the Iraqis.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And I don't think the American people they like to send their kids to be killed and kill our children. We are human (UNINTELLIGIBLE) like them.
GORANI: "The American ambassador must leave Jordan," this man says. "So do the British and Israeli ambassadors."
Elsewhere in the region, demonstrations grew much larger. In Syria, several hundred thousand people marched in the country's capital, chanting slogans like stop murdering Iraqis now. There were scattered protests in other Arab countries, including Sunday in Bahrain where clashes with riot police turned violent.
So across the region, many Arabs are expressing their frustration. And in some countries, analysts say, it's making their governments nervous.
(on camera): Demonstrations like these are forcing Arab governments, such as Jordan, to walk a real tightrope. On the one hand, they need to appease their local citizens who perceive their country as not defending Iraq against the U.S.-led attack on Baghdad. On the other hand, they need to placate the United States, an important political and financial ally.
(voice-over): And one hope common to all Arab leaders is that the war in Iraq ends as quickly as possible before people's anger with the United States and Britain turns to public discontent with their own regimes.
Hala Gorani, CNN, Amman, Jordan.
COSTELLO: And it is difficult to miss pictures like those, the latest pictures from the war in Iraq. Our Maria Hinojosa reports on how those pictures are viewed and perceived across America.
HINOJOSA: In Levittown, New York, hundreds sang in support of the troops. While in Minneapolis, 200 protesters gathered at the federal courthouse, dozens staging a die-in.
HINOJOSA: Polls indicate support for the war is still strong with 67 percent supporting it, 31 percent opposed. The strongest core support comes from the geographic center of the country with less support on the East Coast.
(on camera): But two-thirds of Americans say they are watching this war closely whether they're for it or against it.
Maria Hinojosa, CNN, New York.
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