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Halabja & political agendas.

Dear All,
My appreciation to Glen for his very thorough, and well thought out, 
research work re. the outrages committed upon the people of Halabja. Any
serious person would accept all the factors involved, without political 
agendas, then attempt, impartially, to understand the truth of the 
situation. It is unhelpful for anyone to say worse deeds have been committed 
elsewhere, thus Halabja is a mere footnote in history. I also agree with 
John S., when he says: "Evasion of the truth is harmful to our cause."
However, whilst welcoming someone from Baghdad, Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar, to join 
in the debate, I have mixed feelings about some of his views. In
evaluating a political figure (e.g. S.H.), in fact anyone, it is not 
neccessary to transform him, or her, into either an angel nor a demon.
Let the 'track record' speak for itself, bearing in mind that all the facts 
are rarely available.
It saddens me when Ghazwan states: " killed more in 10" (years),
meaning Iraqis. Yes, the  sanctions, as well as the bombings, have killed 
some 500'000 people, perhaps far more. But Western groups, opposed
to the policies of the last eleven years, are not in the pockets of the 
US/UK governments, and don't deserve to be blaimed for deeds which many have 
campaigned against, sometimes even gone to prison for. Campaigning groups, 
and individuals, throughout the Western world, and further afield, very 
strongly aim to put a stop to present destructive policies against Iraq, 
harmful to Iraqi people, and to the world. - My apologies to you, Ghazwan, 
if I have misunderstood what you are saying, you may wish, at some point, to 
clarify matters further. - Philippa Winkler asks: "Why aren't we debating 
these attacks?" We are, Philippa, we are! -  Greetings,  Bert Gedin.

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