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[ Converted text/html to text/plain ] 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. Regards, Salwa de Vree, Leiden, The Netherlands. * -- _______________________________________________ Sign-up for your own FREE Personalized E-mail at Mail.com Meet Singles ===References:=== 1. http://www.mail.com/?sr=signup 2. http://corp.mail.com/lavalife _______________________________________________ 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