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George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury ("the Primate of all England and head of the Anglican community worldwide", or if you prefer, the "chaplain to the nation") had a surprisingly good article on Iraq today in the Times. This from a man who once called the Gulf slaughter in 1991 "a remarkably bloodless war". The article is at: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,2001350016-2001360973,00.html and is called "Don't repeat the misery inflicted on the Iraqis". Quotes below. It would be good if, especially, Anglicans on this list could send him messages of support? His press office fax number is 0207 261 1765. I imagine further contact details are on his webpage, <http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/>, but unfortunately it seems to be down at the moment. Anybody for another dreary conspiracy theory?? Best wishes, Glen. -- "And if that is the case for Afghanistan, then I believe we should also take a fresh look at the humanitarian issues in Iraq. I need no persuading that Saddam Hussein and the regime he runs are deeply and morally repugnant. The way the international community - through the United Nations - has sought to hold him to account over the past decade is through sanctions. Well, we have had 11 years of sanctions and there is no doubt they bite. Unfortunately, they have bitten the wrong people. Those who have suffered most are ordinary Iraqis, especially the children. It is claimed that one in every ten babies fails to reach its first birthday. Attempts to mitigate the humanitarian impact of sanctions through the "oil for food" programme have had only limited success. There are arguments about the extent to which that is Saddam's own fault and I do not dismiss nor seek to diminish them. But the evidence still suggests that the negative effect of sanctions is out of proportion to the good achieved. >From a Christian perspective, shared I believe by those of other faiths, such humanitarian considerations should become the principle informing any sanctions policy. This suggests at the very least that they need to be reconfigured so that they focus on those they are intended to target. That could be done in part by concentrating on arms supplies and financial and travel restrictions. Moves in this direction have been pursued in recent times but have foundered. Some will argue, no doubt, that a change in the sanctions policy now would be seen as "going soft" on Saddam, and so send the wrong message. But can it really be claimed that the current set-up is sending the right message to ordinary Iraqis whose goodwill may become a precious asset? I fear this policy will simply feed misunderstanding and deeper resentment in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East." Glen Rangwala Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Free School Lane Cambridge CB2 3RQ UK Tel: 44 (0)1223 334535 Fax: 44 (0)7092 330826 -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.