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Friends: Trouble is, Sweeney did not resort to 'logic and reason' - just took selective material to prove his point. There was no objectivity here. Bert, to be fair, as you say yourself, first hand knowledge is important - but as you also say, you have not visited Iraq. To reiterate - to report on Iraq (central?south) from Kurdistan is like reporting on Cork city's historic sensitivities over the years, from the Loyalist area of Belfast.To report accurately one would have to pop down to Cork and get that perspective too .... Best, f. ---------- >From: "Bert Gedin" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org >Cc: K.A.Mahdi@exeter.ac.uk >Subject: [casi] The Sweeney. >Date: Sat, Jul 20, 2002, 7:48 pm > > > 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 email@example.com > 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk