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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] I have read that the war against Iraq (eye-rack as far as Bush knows) is about Peace. I have read that Bremmer is complaining about al-Sadr usurping the "legal" authority in Iraq and must be stopped. I have read Yasser's revisionist quotes in the British media which lay the blame at SH's feet while ignoring years of sanctions and the piled corpses of children. (there is plenty of blame for the british the US and SH) I get that many of the uninformed citizens of both the US/uk buy into the double speak, but does anyone on this list accept this nonsense? The war was illegal, al-Sadr is opposing an illegal occupation in HIS country, HE has actually lived there rather than sitting in the safety of the US/uk calling for war in which thousands, tens of thousands of civilians are dismembered and burned beyond recognition by the US/uk's advanced high tech, surgical, precision weapons systems. In fact, as I understand it, if al-Sadr limits his violence to the US/uk occupation forces, he is actually operating within international law (whatever that means) while the US/uk occupation forces are f oreign occupiers and entered the country illegally whatever subsequent arm twisting at the UN might read. This was not a war about bringing peace or democracy and anyone who believes this rhetoric should take a look at what is happening rather than what the intellects of Bush/blair claim is happening. This war was about control, about empire, and to a lesser extent, about profits and war. The folks closest to Bush are being enriched on the backs of the US taxpayer and with the blood of the Iraqi people. The transition of power is a simpleton's explanation of what is going to happen. This upcoming date is a political date that was chosen with the November US elections in mind. This date is about Bush winning his FIRST election as president. Why would someone who has the ability to think accept the false premise when the evidence supports this "transition" as nothing more than words which will quickly evaporate if the IGC opposed any US policy of import to the occupier? The troops will stay, the US still has its sticks and strings attached to the lips of the IGC, the Iraqi people still live with the consequences and those who try to cast this differently are still engaging in the sort of Orwellian rhetoric that would put Merriam Webster out of business. Through the rabbit hole... Roger Stroope Flagstaff USA Northern Arizona University Graduate Student- Anthropology _______________________________________ 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