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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In a message dated 07/21/2002 7:45:04 AM Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: > "what stimulates thinking & knowledge, of world > affairs, in Iraq?" can be found when one visits Iraq and gains first-hand > knowledge there of its affairs... One thing I can tell you: you will be > surprised > I watched a program three nights ago on CNN or MSNBC, ??, it was Ashley B. in Baghdad. A portion of the show centered on her interviewing Iraqi citizens. She was accompanied by a 'monitor' dressed in a shirt and slacks, smoking a cigarette and giving a relatively wide berth to the people involved. He stood a respectful ten to fifteen feet away and glanced around at his surrounding without paying too much attention to what was going on with the US cameras. What was fascinating to me, the responses of the people. First of all they were speaking english, some better than some people I know here in US. I was further amazed at the lack of bitterness expressed towards the people of the US, even towards our government. They were certainly not pro-Bush, (nor am I), but they were not abusive or belligerent in their replies. They answered questions articulately and posed some of their own to show the utter hypocrisy of the position of the US. I was touched by their understanding of the situations, their demeanor, and how open they were with this strange woman asking them questions. In fact the only misbehaving I saw, was by Ashley Banfield as she tried her best to get someone to say something negative about SH. (It was reminiscent of people trying to draw Gaz and Nermin into negative speak towards SH.) Since we, and SHE, know this could carry a potential death sentence, I thought it was atrocious. After the program I loved the people of Iraq more. Oppressed but not hateful. Beat-up but not broken. Would that the North Americans I speak to were as well informed and as willing to see the good in others as these people in Baghdad. Roger Stroope Peace is a Human Right Austin College _______________________________________________ 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