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Re: [casi] Iraqis in the UK (and elsewhere) for and against war on Iraq

Dear Eric,
I don't know if this group has members in the UK, but it's worth trying:
Interview with Abdel Jabbaar Al-Kubeisi, chairman of the Iraqi National
Coalition at the occasion of its third congress in Paris, February 9, 2003
These Iraqi's are willing to defend their country against foreign
aggression. A full report of the congress they held on February 8 and 9,
with more than 200 Iraqi oppositionists gathered in Paris can be found here:
And there are more articles and reports of the patriotic opposition on the
Dirk adriaensens.

On the side of Iraq against the US aggression
Joint appeal of the Iraqi Patriotic Opposition and the Anti-imperialist Camp
to go to Iraq and to defend the county

The US' decision to attack Iraq has already been taken. The purpose of their
"pre-emptive, permanent and global war on terror" is to secure their
increasingly fragile predominance by smashing any possible opponent. Iraq is
the current target as it has been refusing to subordinate to the American
neo-colonial architecture of the Middle East. Neither did Iraq surrender the
nationalised oil resources nor did it recognise Zionism. Others will follow.
The US and its allies do not even bother to cover their real intentions.
They cannot credibly claim any more "humanitarian" motives as they have been
driving the devastating and unprecedented embargo bearing the responsibility
for the death of 1.5m Iraqis and well as misery and starvation for millions
and millions. Only once in a while they dare to speak of the
"democratisation" of Iraq while they support surrounding dictatorships such
as Turkey and Saudi Arabia let alone the Apartheid state of Israel. They are
violating international law which stipulates national sovereignty and
forbids wars of aggression. The only argument left is the one on arms of
mass destruction, not because the world or Iraq's neighbours would have to
fear Iraqi armament but because the US wants by all means preserve their and
their closest allies' monopoly and holding an using them. Behind the veil of
"national security interests" it is easy to discern the pure imperialist
interest as even Scott Ritter, US Marine and former chief weapon inspector
in Iraq, does not hesitate to put it.

Actually this war is about the prolongation of the US imperial world order.
Therefore all forces in the world striving for social justice and democracy
have to struggle for the defeat of the US bellicose machine.

We call upon both the Iraqi exile community as well as the international
anti-war movement to join Iraq in large numbers - regardless of our historic
opposition to the current regime.

We support the Human Shield Missions as an attempt to drastically express
the will of the majority and to force the European governments to isolate
the Anglo-American war mongers and to condemn their material breach of
international law. However, it is more than probable that the European
regimes, having been promised a substantial part of the colonial spoils,
will finally back down.

Therefore the international anti-war movement hand in hand with the popular
defence of the Iraqi and Arab people have to carry the burden of confronting
and weakening the US in a war which could not be more unequal and
asymmetric. Thus the war cannot be fought in a conventional way but only in
the form of popular resistance which we doubt Saddam's regime is able

We will help such kind of popular liberation war against colonial occupation
to spring up and we pledge to support it following the historic example of
the international brigades to Spain in order to fight fascism.

The democracy we are striving for is not the oligarchic one America wants to
impose by fire and blood. It is a popular one base on the power of the poor
classes which will be born out of the anti-imperialist liberation struggle.
Popular democracy will neither privatise the oil nor the land nor education
or health services - all prerequisites for Western style "democracy". On the
contrary it will continue the unfinished revolution putting the national
resources under the full control of the popular masses and expanding the
liberation struggle in order to wipe away all the dictatorial pro-Western
regimes of the region including Zionism.

US out of the Middle East!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Herring" <>
To: "CASI list" <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 8:15 PM
Subject: [casi] Iraqis in the UK (and elsewhere) for and against war on Iraq

> Does anyone have information about Iraqis in the UK (and elsewhere) for
> and against the proposed war? Some of you may have seen the interview
> on C4 news today with two women on either side of the argument.
> Information on groups, etc. welcome.
> Thanks
> Eric
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