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[casi] Letter on today's papers

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:


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

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:,,59-331307,00.html


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