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SLUG: 2-314990 Britain/Iraq/Jordan (L-UPD)
DATE:>
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DATE=4/13/2004

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=BRITAIN/IRAQ/JORDAN (L-CQ)

NUMBER=2-314990

BYLINE=MICHAEL DRUDGE

DATELINE=LONDON

CONTENT=

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INTRO: 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. V-O-A's Michael Drudge reports from London.

TEXT: 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 Tuesday he is worried that violence is spinning out of control in Iraq, Jordan's eastern neighbor.

/// HASSAN ACT ///

Occupation breeds resistance, and resistance provokes extreme violence of the occupiers, which causes more pain and suffering, leading to even more stern resistance. And, it's 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 don't see how the arrival of new troops is going to address the issue on the ground.

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The U-S military commander in the Middle East, General John Abizaid, has asked for 10-thousand more troops in Iraq, following a surge in combat with militants there.

Prince Hassan says Iraq is part of a spreading international conflict that he fears will claim more and more lives.

/// HASSAN 2nd ACT ///

Acts of terror, genocide, two major recent wars, deaths of many thousands of all races and religions. Where does the violence stop? All I see is a series of unfinished business: Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine. So, it's 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.

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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 conflict. (SIGNED)

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