When Murdoch talks of 'respect' substitute FEAR; and when he talks of 'love' substitute ADMIRE (and also respect):
Murdoch: Iraqis Will Welcome U.S. Troops
By GARY GENTILE
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 3, 2003; 12:07 AM
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday Americans have an inferiority complex about the world's opinion and that Iraqis eventually will welcome U.S. troops as liberators.
"We worry about what people think about us too much in this country. We have an inferiority complex, it seems," Murdoch said at the Milken Institute Global Conference. "I think what's important is that the world respects us, much more important than they love us."
The head of News Corp. said a long war could heavily influence the U.S. and global economies while creating political instability in the Middle East and elsewhere. And he suggested a decisive U.S. effort for a quick end to the war would be better than a protracted battle.
"There is going to be collateral damage. And if you really want to be brutal about it, better we get it done now than spread it over months," he said.
Murdoch also warned that the world should be prepared for more terrorist attacks.
"It's very possible to see free-lance suicide attempts both here and in London, and that would psychologically shake this country up," he said.
The perception of America by Iraqis and citizens of other Middle Eastern countries will play a critical role in a global economic recovery, panelists said in a discussion of the global economic outlook.
News Corp.'s holdings include the Fox broadcast network, Fox News Channel, and the New York Post in the United States, and major newspapers in Australia and England.
The conference, which ended Wednesday, is sponsored annually by the Santa Monica, Calif.-based think economic tank.