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re: [casi] Blair's speech -- keep the momentum going

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Dear CASI members

Lots of very good arguments have been presented on rebutting Blair's speech.
However all these arguments take into account one side of the equation only,
namely the effect the war will have on the people of Iraq, the moral
legitimacy of such a war (what about the legal legitimacy???), and the
question of democracy in Iraq. None of the arguments address the problem which
I am often confronted with when talking to people about the situation. This
problem is the question of terrorist attacks here in the West. People here are
afraid. There are very real fears of terrorist attacks by 'Saddam, Bin Laden &
Co.' Many people do, unfortunately, believe that Saddam and the Al-Qaida
'network' pose a real threat to the West and that they can and will strike
'again' and quite possibly use biological and/or chemical weapons. Israelis
and New Yorkers are out buying gas masks, while here in Holland, the military
has already been called in to protect our dams, tunnels and other strategic
posts. Almost weekly there are news reports of Al-Qaida 'cells' operating in
Holland and I don't need to remind you of all the arrests being made in
Britain & the US. I think the fear-mongering campaign is the real issue we
should address. People don't care what happens to the Iraqi people and who is
responsible for their suffering, they care about their own security, and
believe that Saddam and Al-Qaida (whether or not connected) are a threat to
the West and have to be eliminated.


Salwa de Vree,

Leiden, The Netherlands.

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