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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] Dear Daniel & List, Thanks for your analysis. And no, you are not taking the issue too seriously. To start with, the CPA is the arm of an illegal occupation that violates the Charter of the UN and international law. That has been established when the UN SC adopted a resolution calling this an “occupation”. The campaign of “de-ba’thification” is another violation of the rights of human beings to political beliefs, because it is based on belonging to a party or believing in an ideology, not on what this person or that has done. Hence, e.g. Talbani and members of his gang (mistakenly called a political party), who have participated in mass murder and a series of atrocities, are allowed to participate, while a clean and decent citizen, who has done no wrong, is barred... But let’s look at the extracts from the CPA order: 1) When determined necessary for security and public order within Iraq, the Administrator of the CPA may disqualify an individual from participating in an election as a candidate for, or accepting a nomination to, or holding public office, at any level, if that individual: * Thus it is Bremer “the Almighty”, not Iraqis, who will decide who is suitable for Iraq and who is not! Just like he decided that Islam is not suitable for Iraq!!! That would be based on intelligence information provided by Chalabi, Allawi, Talbani, Barzani etc.. In other words, the same kind of “superior”, “honest” and “firm” intelligence provided by the same people about Iraq’s WMDs, and the story is known to all.. a) Has engaged in, ordered, or publicly incited violence against Coalition Forces or CPA personnnel; * In other words, anyone who uses the rights given to him by the Charter of the UN and international law, that of resisting an illegal occupation, is barred from serving his country. (note against CPA, not aginst Iraqis..) b) Was a full member of the Ba'ath Party [of certain ranks]; * In this, Iyad Allawi, Adel Abdul-Mahdi (to name only two) and a huge number of people in different level of the Iraqi administration should be disqualified!! c) Is an agent of a foreign government; * That means all those Iraqis who have acquired the citizenship of another country, because their loyalty has to be to one country only. That would include almost all members of the IGC. To argue that they had to do that for practical reasons does not change the fact that there would be sometime a conflict of interest. If one is a citizen of the US, then he serves that country, and he has to serve the occupation force. Another point is that US laws do not allow dual citizenship, which means that those who have the US citizenship do not hold the Iraqi citizenship anymore, and if they get it back, then they have to give up the US citizenship, and I doubt that anyone of those will do that!!! And all those serving the CPA are by definition agents of a foreign government! d) Has been convicted of a serious offense; * That applies most of all to Ahmed Chalabi, and probably others too... e) Is reasonably suspected of having committed, participated in, ordered, or permitted war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, atrocities, or gross violations of human rights; or * that should apply to those who supported the sanctions, considered by UN experts and legal experts to be genocide and a crime against humanity (and that means all of those in the IGC); those who supported the bombings of Iraq (all of them); those who sent their armies to kill Iraqis at different times (and that includes the Kurdish groups, SCIRI, Da’wa, Communists and Chalabi’s group); and those who supported the invasion of Iraq which caused the death of at least 10 000 civilians (and they all did!). f) Has publicly espoused political philosophies or legal doctrines contrary to the domestic order and rule of law being established in Iraq. * That of course means those who oppose US policies in Iraq and the area. But it neglects the most important aspect: that what the US is doing is itself against “the domestic order and rule of law” needed in Iraq, and we have seen the amount of public resistance to those US plans.. What is remarkable about this order is that it does not refer to those responsible for mass killings in Iraq. The reference above is meant ONLY for those of the former regime, and is not meant to apply to similar crimes committed by those puppets of the CPA and servants of the occupation forces, be those Kurdish groups, Da’wa or SCIRI. And it certainly does not apply to “war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, atrocities, or gross violations of human rights” committed by the occupation forces during and since the occupation. So welcome to the real world of democracy, human rights and honesty, the American style. I guess Iraqis now realize what the original inhabitants of the Americas must have gone through... That is what we warned about, and we were (unfortunately) proven right. Yet some insisted that the ends justify the means. These “means” cost Iraqis a huge price in return for an “end” that has brought them more suffering and more misery.. Best HZ __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Search - Find what you’re looking for faster http://search.yahoo.com _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk