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Hi - I found a division of opinion in Iraq re the payments - which are correct, though I am not certain of the increase. A year ago, Iraqis were saying $6,000 to each martyr's family. However, though there is huge sympathy with the Palestinians with whom the Iraqis see themselves as in a parallell plight - many say simply: 'look around you ... look at that woman ... look at our water (medical supplies, schools etc) how can he give money there when it is so needed here. Yet the solidarity of the young and desire to fight with the Palestinians is a hugely strong feeling - they feel life holds nothing for them and identify completely. A vignette really, slightly away from the payment issue, of what Bush and Blair are laying down in anger and resentment in the region - amongst the warmest of peoples - which will haunt generations to come. Apart from personal predudices, how can a man who hates leaving home so much (Bush) that he has to take his own pillow with him, ever attempt to walk in the cultural and political shoes of others? best, f. ---------- >From: "Katy Connell" <email@example.com> >To: "Colin Rowat" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: [casi] accusation that Iraq gives remuneration to suicide bombers' families >Date: Thu, Apr 4, 2002, 1:51 pm > > Hello. Glenn here. > > A balancing point to make, perhaps, is that the US government gives massive > diplomatic, financial and military support to Israel. > > Because of this, Israel can continue its illegal occupation, its killings of > civilians (four or five times the amount of Israeli civilians) its use of > torture, harassment, destroying of homes, schools, ambulances etc. > > For supporters of Israeli illegal warfare to express (like Rumsfeld) > indignation that a state may give money to support people who commit > violence, is hypocrisy on an astonishing scale. > > All the best, > > Glenn > > >> > A few days ago I saw Wesley Clark, former high ranking >> > military officer, now correspondent for either CNN, >> > MSNBC, or Fox (I think the former) make the comment >> > that Palestinian suicide bombers' families are given >> > monetary compensation from Iraq. > > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk > _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk