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'Babylon's fall is Arab countries' death knell'

The 'Arab nation' was incapable of preventing war in Iraq, and 'the fall of Babylon will sound the death knell of Arab countries,' wrote a Moroccan newspaper.

world Updated: Mar 26, 2003 19:45 IST

The "Arab nation" was incapable of preventing war in Iraq, and "the fall of Babylon will sound the death knell of Arab countries," wrote Moroccan newspaper Maroc-Ouest on Wednesday.

The paper condemned the "moral defeat" of Arab nations which did not join the "Berlin-Paris-Moscow bloc" when it tried to prevent the US-British war in Iraq.

The only result of a meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Monday in Cairo was the "usual statements" aimed at "appeasing consciences -- another sign of the crumbling morale of Arab states," the paper wrote.

Similarly, the Arab League summit held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh before the war against Iraq was launched on March 20, "led to a series of insults which resulted in a grotesque farce," the paper said.

"The much heralded ally of the Berlin-Paris-Moscow bloc, which was determined to give the White House hawks a run for their money, ended up decapitating itself," it wrote.

Arab states believe their "complicity" with the United States to be "a guarantee of stability."

But that is just a delusion, the paper said, adding: "The moment of truth has simply been delayed."

"The fall of Babylon will sound the death knell of Arab countries which sold their souls to the devil, to use a Biblical term so dear to George Bush," Maroc Ouest said.

First Published: Mar 26, 2003 19:45 IST