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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In a message dated 09/19/2002 8:17:53 AM Central Daylight Time, MALI@gw.hackney.gov.uk writes: > Then a horrible thought occurred to me. We're always being fed the line of > how Evil Saddam is a man so diabolical that he is even prepared to gas *his > own people*. Could it be that the USUKAxis is so cynical that it is > implying that it's OK to go and use chemical weapons against the peoples of > other countries, but it's much worse to do it to your 'own' people. > Incidentally, I am sure the Kurds are proud to hear that they are thought > As feelings are high on this topic, I think it is important to look at this paragraph two ways. First of all, "gassed his own people" has become the mantra of the administration to validate any and all actions against the people of Iraq. Sanctions certainly were not designed to harm Saddam outside of his capacity to elevate his weaponry, but specifically target those most vulnerable in a misguided attempt at regime change. (misguided due to its direction, and its origination) I must hear, "gassed his own people" at least twice everytime the politicians speak on topic. Of course they leave out all of the relevant historical information relating to this. To forestall any interpretations that I am apologizing for SH, I have made it clear that not only am I not a fan of SH, but I adamantly oppose all violence regardless of its origin. I would imagine that the author of the post in question is as disgusted as I with the hypocrisy of the western politicians as it relates to "gassed his own people" considering the level of collusion by US/UK in this regard. As to the second issue, "Kurds are proud," this is so clearly intended sarcastically, perhaps giving a fellow 'sanctions decrier' the benefit of the doubt is in order. Clearly there was no intent here, to take offense where none is intended is counterproductive and divisive. I understand that culturally this could be misinterpreted however by someone who is not from a culture that uses sarcasm, perhaps that has happened. As this is a multicultural group it is well noted that misunderstandings are easily created, but coercive threatenings are not appropriate here nor at the UN. If anyone is interested in being offended by my words, let me apologize in advance. I certainly do not intend to offend anyone. My sincere wish for us all is that we have full stomachs, light hearts, clear minds, well being in our families, and a comfortable secure place to rest. War Is Unhealthy For Children And All Living Things... 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