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Dear Alan and all interested: I (again for the second time) stand in complete disagreement with your opinions. Clare's idea of a letter sent to the MPs sounds good to me. I beleive that the letter in itself presents a call for something bigger than an end to the economic sanctions to Iraq and its possible bombing by the US and the Uk, it presents a desire to democratize further this country's governemnt. I think all of us fighting for the lifting of the sanctions can realize that there is a manufactured consensus amongst the britis population that Iraq should be bombed. I say manufactured because the media shows nothing but big pictures of evil Saddam (which remind me of the pictures of Goldstien placed on the telescreens in Orwell's 1984 when everyone was forced to watch and hate for an hour a day). However there is no discussion aboutr if war is a good idea after all. The people of this country, the mothers of the men who will be sent to Iraq to bomb the houses of inosent starved people, should have a say in the desition of making war or not. The desition is being taken by this countries government, who appears to be more interesting in pleasing Mr Clinton than anything else. Alan, your crtisism touches upon the legality of the military action, how about considering the really radical view of seeing all acts of war as illegal? Is that to dificult for you? Have you forgotten that the French and Russians are reluctant to solve this trhough military action? Or maybe that doesn't matter to you, because you think that Britain and the US have the right stand always? You also said that the Iraquis wouldn't be justified to attack the UK back (as if they could, scuds do not reach that far) if the UK and the US attacks them first, do you think that if someone blows your family away with a "smart" bomb you wouldn't feel justified to bomb that agressor country back? Put yourself in the Iraquis position, dear Alan, I know it might be a bit difficult for us being here in a priviledged position in which nothing can touch us, but just try to do it. As you say, if the Iraquis try to place bombs in Cambridge (which wont happen lets face it) it would be an act of terrorism, but so is to bomb inocent civilians, and it appears to me that you are quite happy with that as well. I guess that is all I have to say for now my honourable friend, hope your views over bombing Iraq (as written the 4th Feb) will change and we can all join forces to look for peacefull solutions to a dispute (like the one Clare pu forward) rather than panicking about attacks on Cambridge by infuriated Iraquis. Kifah Sasa CASI Middlesex PS. Clare I'm with your cause! -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html