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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In all the discussion relating to preventing War, ending Sanctions, treating others Humanely, I wonder if we have missed a fundamental challenge to the movement? I think many of us would agree that special interest groups, including corporate interests, run our respective governments. In the USA the environmental protection laws are being quickly dismantled in favor of interests that favor the Energy Industry. In fact, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, etc., are all being sliced and diced in favor of higher profits for corporations that make their money in these areas regardless of the environmental and human toll these profits take. Profits for the very few at the expense of the masses. When we look at the situation in the Arab World and in Afghanistan, there is little doubt that the Energy companies are positioned to make huge profits as is the Weapons Industry, (when the cost of war and occupation are shouldered with public monies). Iraq, the land of OIL, 300 Trillion dollars of OIL then is an excellent target. Billions will be paid to the companies who manufacture the bombs, billions, perhaps trillions will be made by the OIL companies, and of course the cost paid with the blood and sweat of the masses. So, my question is this: Should we not be working on Campaign Finance Reform? Should we not be working to dissolve the sale of the social contract to the Corporate interests? If the special interests groups, the OIL administration in the White House, are the lobbyist for this war, should we not take back the social contract from them evolving our governments into institutions that actually work on our behalf as opposed to working for the 1%? It is my hallucination that as long as our government officials are bought and paid for by the corporations, they will work for them and not for us. Your thoughts? Roger Stroope Treat others not as you wish to, but as they wish to be... Austin College, Sherman Texas _______________________________________________ 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