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I attach a link Andrew kindly sent me on the recent amnesty by Saddam. I had originally found it difficult to think that this is a last ditch effort (as described by NYT) to increase popularity, given that most Iraqis, I would imagine would think that they live in a more secure society if those who are rightly locked up are locked up. But having read the NYT article, maybe there are few in Iraq who are justly locked up (or is it just a media distortion again to paint the picture of a totally unjust country where those who should be rightly locked up are in face free?). In any event, I have wondered if this is a "poison pill" strategy i.e. trying to turn Iraq into a criminal world (far-fetched but not unimaginable if 150,000 prisoners are out) such that occupation and the subsequent governance by the West/UN is going to be a much more difficult and costly? Any views? Jiale Hello Jiale... You can check out the article from the New York Times at "http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/21/international/middleeast/21IRAQ.html?ex=103 6167548&ei=1&en=83a6c057fcf6964c". It's a fairly good article and it speaks about what may have caused Saddam to do what he did. It appears that it is being carried out with the exception of spies for the US and "the Zionist entity" as Iraq referred to Israel. Here in the US there has been a lack of substantive coverage on this issue (Saddam releasing all political prisoners is not too convenient in regards to the war-mongering of Bush), but I do know that the Bush administration has been scoffing at this latest Iraq move. An article about this can be found at "http://www.news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=1164052002". As far as how the society will cope, it seems as if the murderers will not be released unless the victim's family will allow for it and thieves will have to repay their debt, but as far as potentially violent criminals who did not murder peo ple, you raise a good point. It appears though, at least in their own words, that the criminals will not go back to crime as they profess they will never be criminals again. We shall see what happens, but it is a very interesting development whatever the eventual outcome. Andrew __________________________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Y! Web Hosting - Let the expert host your web site http://webhosting.yahoo.com/ _______________________________________________ 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