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On December 20, 2002, Sama Hadad wrote: > Dear list, > > here are some views of backstabbing Iraqis who have sold themselves to the US. ignore these fools, they understand nothing about their country, and merely represent a minority: > > Gulzar Ahmad (Iraqi Widow), Jabari village, Kirkuk, Iraq: [snip] > Abu Abbas (Shia exile), London, UK: [snip] > Mam Rostam (Kurdish fighter), Kirkuk, Iraq: [snip and end] Dear List, As a non-Iraqi (I'm an American), I am curious as to the basis upon which the preceding was written. What evidence does Sama Hadad have that these individuals have "sold themselves to the US"? Upon what basis does he say that they "understand nothing about their country"? And finally, how am I to know -- besides taking Sama Hadad's words at face value -- that these individuals constitute a "minority"? These claims, at present, rest only upon an implicit call to personal authority. I'd like to see the evidence. At present, I can only assume that the writer believes that the pro-US policy sentiments offered by these opposition members means that they've sold their souls. I imagine that if I made a similar, blatant claim, say, that members of Voices in the Wilderness have "sold themselves to Iraq", I would be roundly criticized on the list (and rightly so). Are all Iraqis who agree with US policy, then, 'backstabbers' or 'traitors'? Cheers, Brian Auten _______________________________________________ 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