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Mahathir Warns War Could Spark Terror Backlash

A U.S.-led assault on Iraq could push the price of oil on international markets to unprecedented levels — perhaps as high as $50 a barrel — and fuel a worldwide wave of terrorism by Muslims, Malaysia’s prime minister has warned. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, expressed the apparently widespread sentiment among the mostly developing nations of the Non-Aligned Movement that an attack on Iraq was unwarranted. He emphasized any new U.N. resolution on Iraq should be an impartial, well-reasoned decision and not blindly confirm U.S. and British efforts to justify an attack. “It must be meaningful, not just a change of words with the intention that whatever happens, war must be declared on Iraq,” he said. Mahathir also said U.N. inspectors should be given more time to determine whether Iraq has any weapons left and dismissed U.S. assertions that Iraq already had failed to comply with U.N. resolutions mandating its disarmament. Full Story

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