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Fellow Iraqi activists - I am wondering if others are sharing my reading that the US is preparing for a confrontation with Iraq over weapons inspections? The signs of war mongering pop up everywhere. Yesterday's Washington Post editorial is the lastest and clearest indication of the war-mongering atmosphere that is frightening me. The sense of emergency over Iraq's having rebuilt or now rebuilding its military sites is everywhere - the NYTimes reports on Defense Department aerial photographs of rebuilt military/weapons production sites; Cohen justifies the need for a missile defense shield by citing the threat posed by Iraq; the US intercepts a Russian tanker carrying Iraqi oil and in response increases its naval presence in the Gulf; Russia says that it is deploying a reconnaisance ship to the Mediterranean in response to new NATO moves aimed at Iraq. How do you read all of this activity? All signs look bad to me. Gore distinguishes himself from Bradley as having been gung ho for launching Desert Storm. Clinton has consistently been willing to go the military route when pressured or when it has been politically expedient. With the omnipresent rhetoric of Iraq as a rogue state and Saddam as a madman who must be controlled to protect the world, where are we going except quickly down the road to bombing or even invasion? If others feel similarly, please respond. I think we should be activating whatever emergency systems we possess. In solidarity, Kitty Bryant When activists concede the danger Iraq poses to its neighbors, we are playing right into the rhetoric of war. Hans Blix honestly and forthrightly stated in a recent BBC interview that no weapons inspectors will ever be able to certify that Iraq is completely free of WMD, and that this will be a problem for the Security Council. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full archive and list instructions are available from the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi