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In message <F27zmfv2NkkSDEC5fHE0000d9d4@hotmail.com>, Nathaniel Hurd <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes >Holbrooke is a veteran diplomat who knows how the diplomatic process works. >In particular, as a former US diplomat, he is surely familiar with how this >process often functions in order to favor US officials' objectives. Note, >e.g., in the full transcript his comment: "[SCR] 1441, one of the best >resolutions ever crafted in the U. N.". I wonder, is Holbrooke also a veteran of the kind of massive protests and civil disobedience that will take place as soon as war is declared? Will he be happy to see TV pictures of policemen removing 80 year old women holding photos of their grandsons from the steps of public buildings up and down the land? People already believe that the war is about control of resources and they don't trust their leaders' motives. Quite apart from greater scepticism, there is much greater multi- cultural empathy and awareness nowadays, especially among younger people: Iraqis are not seen as 'the enemy', cardboard cut-out style, as may have been the case with enemies in the past - something that governments relied on to mobilise their populace. Today, many ordinary people in the West identify more with ordinary Iraqis than with their own leaders - and this is something that US/UK governments just have not grasped. Maybe I'm wrong, but even in 1991 I don't remember getting to hear reports of the human costs to the Iraqis until after the war - like Maggie O'Kane's report of Iraqi women searching in the twilight for their menfolk, looking for their loved ones among the wounded and the dead. In this war, alternative, independent pictures and eye-witness reports will be circulating around the world via the internet within hours. Ordinary people across the world will oppose and 'defeat' this war, even if the leaders make it seem inevitable. The next challenge will be to find a peaceful model for solving crises caused by aggression, oppression and self-interested manipulation of resources, both in this conflict and in future ones. Cathy Aitchison -- Cathy Aitchison _______________________________________________ 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