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In response to Tim Buckley Dear Tim, We probably don't disagree on as many points as appeared to be the case from your first Email. I am not a pacifist. I would like to see an end to the Ba'th regime. I would like to see a democratic Iraq. We are in a world that is getting more and more polarised. I accept that I do not go as far as you would like on issues. I also accept that you are not asking anyone else to do any more than yourself. The difficulty as I see it is that we are in a situation in which unless work is done prior to any military action starting then there will be no alternative to the Bush/Blair mass destruction option. I think it is possible to influence that, but part of that process is identifying things that are important within that. We are issuing a consultation document at the moment to various people to find out what they think is important. We are then collating that to bring forward a set of points/proposals. That includes (along with other issues) a) Don't use Depleted Uranium. b) Don't bomb the Al Jazeera office (cf Kabul). c) Look for mechanisms to enable the Iraqi armed forces to surrender easily rather than be bombed out of existance. d) Protect people from potential massacres that could result from a power vacuum. (we believe that there are people who are at risk of being massacred because of their association with the regime. The opposition are offering most of them an amnesty, but there needs to be a mechanism for them to surrender to an External (to Iraq) Authority for them to have confidence in their personal security and that of their families.) e) Don't bomb civilian infrastructure. If anyone has any further suggestions could they please email me with them. Quoting from our consultation paper: Without question the best approach for Iraq would be one in which Iraq moves to democracy without any military action. The Iraqi people have suffered enough from both the Ba'th regime and also the actions of Western Nations over the past 30 years. That, however, is not a decision for us to make. _______________________________________________ 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