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On 18 Feb 2003 at 17:00, Dermot Moynihan wrote: > At 21:30 18/02/03, Julie wrote: > > >I'm not sure about this. I don't think those on the march on Saturday > >were there because they are worried about terrorist attacks. There > >were plenty of placards and chants pointing out that war, especially > >this war, is terrorism by another name, and that it is futile to > >think that terrorism can be combated by war. > > Most of the placards I could see were produced by the Socialist Worker > or CND or the Stop the War Coalition. Also, with such a huge number of > people how could anyone be aware of what was happening twenty yards > away? A lot of daily Mirror placards (some with the paper's name removed). > If all these people are so sussed where were they in 1991? Or when we > tried to stop the bombing of Yugoslavia? They have arrived because > they suddenly have realised that the world has changed and that 9/11 > has demonstrated that we are all vulnerable. I don't agree. 1991 - Kuwait invaded by Iraq (incubator story, no mention of April Glaspie or Iraq's grievances). Many people also thought that a peaceful outcome was being sought (they didn't realise that their rulers were doing their best to prevent SH leaving Kuwait). Yugoslavia - bored with the topic? In Europe - surely we wouldn't massacre anybody and we'd only target the military? Now - plenty of public debate. One large circulation national newspaper opposed. US government seen more for what it is. Guantanamo. No perceived risk at all from Iraq. > There is nothing wrong with having a healthy sense of > self-preservation. Whereas much of your posting seems reasonable I do think that you have got it totally wrong to think that many people were at the march because of fears about terrorism. Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall _______________________________________________ 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