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Hi all, This is a letter I wrote that got published in today's The Independent, The Times (this letter was slightly paraphrased to maintain exclusivity for The Times), Evening Standard and the Metro: Sir, The Bush administrationís repeated emphasis on the overthrow of Saddam Hussein has provided me, as an Iraqi, with a fresh sense of hope. We, the Iraqi people, have endured Saddam and his regime killing over a million of us through wars, torture, and oppression. However, there are concerns amongst the Iraqi people as to how the US is going to pursue regime change and what the replacement will be. Many, including myself, are afraid of an all out war, as no doubt many innocent lives would be lost. Reports that Bush has ordered the CIA to carry out covert operations against Saddam are encouraging because if successful, it would spare the people. Yet the uncertainty surrounding US plans for a post-Saddam Iraq has led many Iraqis to suspect that, instead of bringing freedom and democracy, the US only desire to put in place a pro-Western dictatorship. The US and UK have, through more than a decade of sanctions and support of Saddam Hussein during the 80s, weakened the Iraqi people and strengthened the regimeís grip on power. Instead of bypassing the people, the US should readdress the balance and help the Iraqi people liberate themselves. Yours sincerely, Yasser Alaskary President of Imperial College Iraqi Society The Times letter is here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,59-331307,00.html Regards, Yasser _________________________________________________________________ MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos: http://photos.msn.com/support/worldwide.aspx _______________________________________________ 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