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Dear Lisa, I just saw your message from back in August. As an Iraqi, who talks to many other Iraqis in the UK, US, Syria and Iran, our opinion is this: we, the Iraqi people, cannot get rid of Saddam Hussein, and believe me we have tried very hard. we have given up hundreds of thousands of lives to get rid of Saddam and we cannot. 200,000 people died during the uprising trying to achieve this. 100,000 were murdered in prisons over the last 30 years because they were trying to achieve this. the opposition parties themselves admit that even if they were to all unite they cannot get rid of Saddam for another 30 years. so it's not like we have a great deal of options available. its comical when people say 'let the Iraqi people decide'. also, whichever way you get rid of Saddam it will involve bloodshed, whether it be the people rising up (like '91 where 200,000 got slaughtered), or if it's the US with its regime change. that's why several of the opposition have gone and worked with the US, because they have no alternative, it's either Saddam or the US - and for an Iraqi nothing is worse than Saddam. kind regards, yasser ps - Baathists - those who are and those who are but deny they are - are also Iraqi and they will obviously disagree. but if they represented the iraqi people then they wouldn't need the mass oppression that the regime inflicts to maintain power. _______________________________________________ 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