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Dear Ghazwan & 'List', At least we can both accept criticisms, and discuss matters amicably. Again, my 'talking shop', about your 9 points. 1) "TELL ME NEWS NOT HISTORY". You say the 2002 A.I. report is not much different from any other in the last 25 years. You may be quite brilliant, but how can you possibly know? - whatever you think they are about, you haven't read a single A.I report (doesn't that make you feel a bit silly?). 2) Snippets of information - "sound bites" - is not the same as in-depth study. I accept that you don't have unlimited access to information in a Baghdad bookshop. Partly, that would be due to sanctions, partly to (Iraqi) government restrictions? 3) You quote a saying about the difference between getting flogged and counting the strokes. Certainly. I could ask what you did for the Chechneyans, the East Timorese, the South Africans during apartheid etc., other than counting, or even not counting? Practically, what would you expect people, esp. in the U.K., to do about Iraq (bearing in mind that none of us have a magic wand!)? 4) Wishy-washy statements may not be much to offer, I agree. But I really wonder whether you have really understood the ethos of A.I., which may dampen your criticisms. - I am on this List, in A.I., as well as in a local anti-sanctions/bombings group etc. That is where I am, reportedly, although I know there is always more to be done. 5) First you judge A.I. reports to be worthless, then you blame the U.K. government for ignoring the 1988 A.I. report. - If you consider me, personally, responsible for thinking/actions of the British government, then you better think again. When Tony Blair visited Birmingham, some months ago, I was with a group demonstrating against his policies - he saw' and heard, our group, from accross the street. But didn't shout for help because of my presence. 6) About your claim that the USA/UK are committing genocide: do you mean that A.I., by not taking a strong stance against sanctions are therefore condoning sanctions? It's a serious question. By the way, have you seen Glenn's letter? - If a "humble individual from Baghdad" could change the views of A.I.? Who knows, 'it's in the lap of the gods.' 7) If you are comparing Iraq's record with other states, in the area, don't worry, A.I. has had lots to say about those, too, and not all favourably! 8) You avoid the question about your political associations. That is your prerogative. 9) If you truly wish to learn more about human rights issues, then education helps - if not from books, other sources, such as 'the net.' But, however useful any theories, one's heart has to be involved. Greetings, Bert Gedin, Birmingham, U.K. _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger: http://messenger.msn.com _______________________________________________ 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