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In message <007d01c2dd35$205f0ae0$892fc8cd@c3v8u7>, k hanly <email@example.com> writes >I cant understand how Hussein can appear so cool and >unflappable in the face of the forces arrayed against him. Pride in his position (as he sees it - and as do many ordinary Arabs living in Arab countries) as the only Arab leader to take a stand against the US. He's got more to lose by giving in than by resisting. Go into exile? Where would he go where he wasn't mocked and derided? Where he wasn't constantly in danger from assassination? ('So you stood out against the US but gave in at the last moment, did you? what kind of attitude is that? you're no better than the rest - worse, because you treated your people worse than the rest.') And he has also spoken out against US policy on Israel (Dec 1991 - see below). Until that situation changes he probably won't change either. He is probably preparing himself to die a martyr. A couple of months, even weeks, after his death and Saddam Hussein will be held up as a model of someone who died standing defiant against Western oppression/attempts to humiliate the Arab world. When will Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rove, Blair etc accept that there has GOT to be a face-saving, diplomatic solution to all this - and that the Israel/Palestinian situation is central to the problem? Cathy Aitchison ------ http://newstribune.com/stories/121801/wor_1218010961.asp Tuesday, December 18, 2001 "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- President Saddam Hussein on Tuesday called for an emergency Arab summit to be held at Islam's holiest city -- Mecca in Saudi Arabia -- to discuss Israeli attacks on Palestinians. ..." ""Our position will be better if we are to hold an emergency summit ... in order to exclusively discuss the aggression toward the Palestinians," he said. ..." -- Cathy Aitchison _______________________________________________ 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