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wanted: Cambridge academics to sign letter against Bombing of Iraq

Jeff Vernon and some other Trinity students are trying to prepare a letter
to the press against the proposed Iraq bombings signed by 'senior and
respected academics' within Cambridge. The text of the letter is below,
for your interest. If anyone can suggest any such academics who might
support the letter, please contact Jeff ( (do not
reply to the whole list please!).

This is the letter being sent to the 'respected academics':
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "J. Vernon" <>

Dear X,
  As a group of students concerned on humanitarian grounds about the
escalating international situation relating to Iraq, we are approaching a
number of senior and respected academics within Cambridge to gauge the
possibility of sending a well-supported letter to the national press
opposing military action against Iraq.
  We believe that military action against Iraq would inevitably have a
deleterious impact on the civilian population of Iraq, who are already
suffering the effects of sanctions. (This need not be an issue raised in
any letter to the press). We represent no particular Iraqi or Western
alignment, but we see no reason why the people of Iraq should be made to
suffer at the hands of the British government. We are concerned that
action is being taken without a UN mandate and without full agreement in
the international community. We see no overwhelming reason for external
powers to intervene in the affairs of Iraq as compared to those of other
  Please consider endorsing this position and contact us as soon as
possible. We feel that your support would be extremely valuable.
  Yours sincerely,

        Jeff Vernon,
        Barnita Bagchi,
        Rachel Foxley,
        Sulagna Roy,
        Ben Zachariah
        Johanna Buisson,
        Andy Kuper

        Trinity College

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