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I agree with you Diarmuid. I think the key problem that one is faced with is the choice of Saddam or a US-imposed puppet who does not care for real democracy for the people. Those are the only two choices when you have Saddam on one side and the all-powerful US juggernaut on the other side. Neither side has the real interests of the people in mind. It's like asking someone who they like more, Stalin or Hitler? Andrew <<The question is one designed to appeal to the reason of those of us who cur= sed with a liberal conscience. Perhaps the best thing *is* to go to war and= to put an end to his diabolical regime. But wait. How many people died in Afghanistan? How many people die of pover= ty in the world as they are forced to grow crops for sale to foreign capita= l? How many people die because of US-sponsored terrorism in...well, let's c= hoose the continent of America, (although it could just as well be Africa o= r Asia) ? How many people have died because of sanctions imposed by the gov= ernments of the UK and the USA? How many people have been displaced by the = actions of these governments? How many people have been murdered with arms = sold by these countries? How many people have been slaughtered with the sil= ent assent of these governments? Why, then, is the suggestion that the UK be bombed treated as ridiculous or= radical? Why is the idea that the White House be wiped off the face of the= earth treated as just leftist posturing? Should we look favourably on crus= aders who slaughter CEOs of multinationals? Should we hail the assassin of = the director of the World Bank? What about putting huge car bombs on the st= reets where these people live? The idea is, of course, ridiculous and abhorrent. We know that nothing woul= d really change. We see through the political ideology masquerading as conc= ern for those who suffer. It's only when the ideology is the dominating one= of capitalism that we allow ourselves to be duped by the humanitarian conc= erns of our mass murderers. As if they could redeem themselves by killing t= he president of Iraq! How many has he killed? How many have they killed? So, what to do with Saddam? Isolate him. Weaken him whilst strengthening th= e Iraqi people. Let the Iraqi people know that we are with them and against= their dictator. Encourage the growth of resistance in Iraq. Refuse to pros= titute ourselves for the sake of Iraq's oil reserves. But bomb the Iraqi pe= ople whilst their leader goes into hiding before slipping away? Snatch away= the infrastructure that distributes their food and their supplies? No than= ks!>> _______________________________________________ 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