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Whatever you may think of Saddam Hussein surely the US/UK have deliberately brutalised your country and its people to a far, far greater extent than he has over his whole reign. This is without saying that the US/UK installed him and supported him (even before, during and after his use of chemical weapons), I protested at the time about what our government was doing. It really annoys me that Tony Blair has the cheek to now use this an an excuse to attack Iraq and depose SH. It looks like 1.5 million Iraqis have died of sanctions and the Gulf War. These include mainly children. Millions of other Iraqis are permanently 'damaged' eg stunted growth, health problems, mental health problems, unemployment, poor education etc. The US/UK have prevented any investigation in southern Iraq of the effects of DU so heaven knows what is happening there and how long it's going to last. Agriculture has been devastated, soil ruined by salination, thousands of date trees destroyed, pollution and environmental damage increased by an oil industry crippled by US/UK holds. The damage to Iraq has been immense. I know no Arabs and have no connections to Iraq but I felt physically ill when the US/UK started the air war. They were not after freeing Kuwait - that would have been easy to achieve without a war if they'd wanted to. That would have been better for Kuwait as well. They were after destroying Iraq and reversing your development and future capacity to develop with dire consequences for ordinary civilians. Your military were no obstacle - a far bigger kill ratio than soldiers shooting indians with machine guns. Our leaders have been fighting 'just' wars all over the place for years. We're experts. Do you really think that the US/UK have the interests of the Iraqi people in mind with their current plans to topple SH? The same countries enforcing the no fly zones are the same ones who prevent (with veto power) the UNSC resolving this whole issue through diplomacy and prevent the 'protected' people having proper power, water, sewage, DU cleanup, medical services etc On 13 Sep 2002 at 2:18, Yasser Alaskary wrote: > 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. Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall _______________________________________________ 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