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I think that we are in danger of being overly analytical here. We can sit and theorise for hours and days and weeks and months and years if we so choose. But this is precisely because we are writing from the relative comfort of Reading University, Cambridge University, our front rooms etc rather than from a house in Baghdad. I suspect that most people on this list have a problem with war because it will mean the wholesale slaughter of a lot of people like you and me. In fact, people who probably haven't had time to sit around debating whether or not they deserve to be annihilated in the most horrific manner. Saddam Hussein is a psychotically 'bad statesman'? Well, he is responsible for the many deaths of Iranians, Kurds, Iraqis and Kuwaitis. So, what's the best solution? Entrust the work to a clean wholesome coalition who had nothing to do with the deaths in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Ireland, Africa, Cambodia, the USA, the UK, Kosovo, etc. [Incidentally, Brian, the UK *did* invade its neighbouring state and its forces are still in occupation there.] Most people on this list are astute enough to know that this war has nothing to do with morality. It is about money, oil and imperialism. Realpolitik doesn't even acknowledge the existence of morality. So, can we stop intellectualising mass murder? Can we stop making assumptions about what is best for people whom we don't know? Can we stop playing politicians? _______________________________________________ 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