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Friends Greetings. In re to this heated issue, let me just say that even if the United States is doing horrid acts throughout the world and is by this rationale.."the enemy of humanity" where does that leave other nations who either make real mistakes and/or are delibaretely evil? Does that make them the scum of humanity. I think for all of you (who are much more active in the sanctions issue) the way to convince more Americans that the sanctions are wrong are not to label the American military or America as the enemy of humanity. We have to be careful, not of pointing fingers, but labeling what I know to be a great nation despite its faults. (This is a whole other debate and we can spend forever pointing fingers at our respective nations.) The reason I say this is twofold; first of all I am an American soldier who loves my nation dearly. Secondly, returning from a PEACE conference today at my school, I made the statement that we are all citizens of the world. Are these contradictions, I dont think so; but remember that not everyone has this sort of worldly view where they see themselves, and then others, and themselves/others in a relationship at the same time. In order to win more Americans to your cause (as I feel too the sanctions should be lifted) I would ask that we not tone our passions but also not label others. You must understand that the American people dont know about this and need to be educated. One thing we dont like is to be labeled. We can do better in this endeavor, I know it I thank all of you for your time and wish you the best of luck and prayers. With God's Peace, Larry Provost US Army Veteran Operation Desert Thunder -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk