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Subject: [casi] transcript of Blair interview with Paxman

I just want to share with you my feeling after reading
the transcipt of Blair's interview with Paxman which
absolutely makes me want to cry.

Some members of the audience seem to have an obsession
with a UNSC resolution, apparently thinking that this
war is immoral because it does not receive UN backing
and is a unilateral political act - few people
mentioned the humanitarian consequences of the war
(where were you, List Members?).  Race issue was
touched upon but then the focus was on domestic race
relations.  Nobody questions that this war is racist
because in a reverse scenario (e.g. if France is now
for some reason ruled by a French Saddam Hussein),
Western governments WILL NEVER take the same actions
against France.  It is because the Iraqis are a darker
skinned, less familiar, Muslim people who live
thousands of miles away that make their perishing more
easily acceptable as "collateral damage".

I cannot think of a worse tragedy to human
civilisation than having people all over the world
arguing about sophisticated international legal
concepts and UN procedures when ordinary men and women
and children are allowed to perish in the very place
of origin of civilisation.

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