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Dear Abi, I joined this list briefly to try and pull its members specialist knowledge in order to try and gain some answers on certain figures related to the sanctions. I thought that an anti-sanctions organisation would be a logical place where such figures would be known. The request for anyone who might know where I could find a copy of a transcript of the Saddam/Glaspie exchange was added at the bottom as an afterthought by me, as I am aware that a full Iraqi government transcript was released in English under the title, "The Confrontation." I have been trying to get hold of a copy of this transcript for my own personal reasons for some time, but have been thus far unsuccessful. I did not send the "transcript," or to be more accurate, the unsubstantiated reported source, with the intention that it be used in some way by CASI other than for the personal interest of members. I do not believe I was attempting to claim in anyway that the "transcript" was authoritative, complete or substantiated. Simply the fact that it was reported or claimed to be the essence of the reported Saddam/Glaspie exchange, made it as a source adequate for the purposes for which I personally required it. Your comments regarding its accuracy and authenticity as a source are obviously valid, and I did not pass comment on its accuracy or authenticity because I was writing fast, just providing it for members own interest, and working on the assumption that members would be mature enough to acknowledge the problems with it as source (as you rightly raised) without my prompting. This was because I as postgraduate history student fell into the trap (given the milieu in which I was educated) to assume that such questions about the sources validity were plain and obvious to all. For this assumption I apologise and will endeavour never to repeat. Regards Hadi. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.