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RE: Iraqi rebels to be trained in U.S.




Re the points made by Eyas and Eric:
I really have to say that it does seem like a sick
joke when the American Government plots to overthrow
some regime they don't like, doing it all in the name
of "Democracy".
It could well be that they need Saddam to stay in
power so they can have the "Bogey Man" they lost at
the end of the cold war, in which case they try to
create the impression that they are trying to rid the
world of an evil tyrant by planning a coup, bombing
Iraq, maintaining sanctions and waging a propaganda
war.
If however, their will to overthrow Saddam is genuine,
then I see no reason to assume that his replacement
will be more Pinochet than Mandela.
The prime US interest is to have friendly regimes, and
a friendly dictator is preferable to an uncomfortable
democrat.
Peace, Sean



--- "Hmouz, Eyas" <Eyas.Hmouz@owenscorning.com>
schrieb:
> Aren't they the same ones who trained and supported
> the Iraqis, Afghanis,
> Columbians, Chileans, and the list goes on and on.
> It is not going to be
> long before they turn their back to them. You just
> want to hope there are
> some visionaries and people who know how to read
> history among these so
> called rebels.
> 
> Later..
>       Eyas 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SeŠn McGinley [mailto:pinguwebmaster@yahoo.de]
> Sent: Friday, October 29, 1999 6:16 AM
> To: soc-casi-discuss@lists.cam.ac.uk
> Subject: Iraqi rebels to be trained in U.S.
> 
> 
> Dear Friends,
> Following is the text of a report which appeared on
> the teletext of German TV station "3Sat" at 18:58 on
> Thursday October 28th. The text is my own
> translation
> from the German original, so please excuse the
> imperfections.
> 
> IRAQI REBELS TO BE TRAINED IN U.S.
> The United States are stepping up their support for
> the Iraqi opposition: Iraqi rebels have been invited
> to participate in a training course for elite U.S.
> Air
> Force soldiers.
> According to the New York Times, the participants
> include two former Iraqi army officers.
> The 10 day course concerns the organisation of armed
> forces.
> The United States are also supplying the largest
> opposition groups with office equipment such as Fax
> machines, photocopying machines and furniture, to a
> total value of 2,2 million Dollars.
> This is the first stage of an aid programme worth 97
> million dollars.
> Official sources have ruled out supplying weapons
> for
> the time time being.
> ***************************
> Has anyone seen the NYT article mentioned?
> Does anyone know which Iraqi groups are involved?
> 
> Peace, Sean
> 
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