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Dear Hassan & List, Although your e-mail to Kamil may be well-meaning & sincere, I don't think anyone is justified in dismissing Sweeney as being cerebrally challenged. However flawed some of his basic views, he is a shrewd reporter. Logic & reasoning, backed up by factual information, is a more effective way of argumentation, rather than, emotively, 'rubbishing' your opponent. I don't know if you saw the ca 11 pages of the remarkable exchange between Zaid & Sweeney. One point I think you will agree on: you haven't had access to Sweeney's film, so you do lack first-hand knowledge. Saying that, you may have come accross other sources of relevant information. You go on to say the "average person in the West is brainwashed by the media". Are you implying that people, in the East, never are brainwashed , by governments, media etc.? You can try to convince me, but with effort, as, presently, I believe that to be an utter illusion, a fairy-tale. Whilst the Guardian article - which I hadn't seen - seems useful, other sources may have other points of view, which, following some serious questioning, leads to healthy debate (at best!). What (apart from life itself!) stimulates thinking & knowledge, of world affairs, in Iraq? Please do not think I am totally unaware of the misery & suffering, despite never having visited your country, of ordinary Iraqis. That is my main reason for opposing sanctions, and warfare, against Iraq. Greetings, Bert Gedin (Birmingham, U.K.). _________________________________________________________________ Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: http://mobile.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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk