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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear list members Arabs see the anti war sentiments as having very little effects on the impending war on Iraq. Al-Jazeera satellite channel run a poll in which nearly 77% of the respondent say that war will happen despite the anti war demonstrations and sentiment. The Guardian suggested support for military action was at its lowest point yet. Just 30 per cent of those quizzed supported the use of force, against 47 per cent who opposed it. I am sure that the opposition to war will increase in the next few days to reach above 50%. Assuming that the Arabs are right and the war starts with such high public opposition to it what does that mean to democracy? Does that mean that politicians are counting on people to switch their opinion and “follow the leader right or wrong” and support the war. Do the Arabs understand that point, how democracy works, better than the west? In fact is there some thing called true “democracy” with all the talk about “by the people for the people… people” or we are dreaming? Please don’t tell me that every system has its weakness. I am not criticizing I am just puzzled. Best regards Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar Baghdad. Iraq _______________________________________________ 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