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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In The Guardian (Feb.12) there was an article about Jack Straw holding a meeting about a post war post Saddam Iraq. Right at the end, it mentioned the government's concern about Iraq disintegrating into civil war as different factions fight it out. Surely someone must have intelligence about the most probable response from Marsh arabs, Sunnis, Kurds and Arab sentiments on this issue. Also the reaction of the Turks, Iranians, Saudi and Kuwaiti, Jordanian populations. Is it possible for the US to have their troops patrol Iraq in the long term and at what cost? Also BBC- Iraq yesterday had a Saudi spokesman who said that repairing damage to oil fields in Iraq may cost up to $60billion. By the way Clare Short has stated in answers posed by MPs that the US has not given much thought to humanitarian relief in the event of war. My conclusion on Blair's justification that as sanctions kill and don't work, lets engage in bombing instead. IE rogue regimes will suffer sanctions and bombings / war as a definite shift in foreign policy. War is the first response, not the last, regardless of the doublespeak. Lila _______________________________________________ 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