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Re: [casi] Thoughts on war with Iraq – a position paper

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... And why I will not

Dr B Khalaf
Friday February 14, 2003
The Guardian

I write this to protest against all those people who oppose the war against Saddam Hussein, or as 
they call it, the "war against Iraq". I am an Iraqi doctor, I worked in the Iraqi army for six 
years during Iraq-Iran war and four months during Gulf war. All my family still live in Iraq. I am 
an Arab Sunni, not Kurdish or Shia. I am an ordinary Iraqi not involved with the Iraqi opposition 
outside Iraq.

I am so frustrated by the appalling views of most of the British people, media and politicians. I 
want to say to all these people who are against the possible war, that if you think by doing so you 
are serving the interests of Iraqi people or saving them, you are not. You are effectively saving 
Saddam. You are depriving the Iraqi people of probably their last real chance get rid of him and to 
get out of this dark era in their history.

My family and almost all Iraqi families will feel hurt and anger when Saddam's media shows on the 
TV, with great happiness, parts of Saturday's demonstration in London. But where were you when 
thousands of Iraqi people were killed by Saddam's forces at the end of the Gulf war to crush the 
uprising? Only now when the war is to reach Saddam has everybody become so concerned about the 
human life in Iraq.

Where were you while Saddam has been killing thousands of Iraqis since the early 70s? And where are 
you are now, given that every week he executes people through the "court of revolution", a summary 
secret court run by the secret security office. Most of its sentences are executions which Saddam 
himself signs.

I could argue one by one against your reasons for opposing this war. But just ask yourselves why, 
out of about 500,000 Iraqis in Britain, you will not find even 1,000 of them participating 
tomorrow? Your anti-war campaign has become mass hysteria and you are no longer able to see things 

Locum consultant neurologist, London,3604,895397,00.html

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