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Dear pg, Colin & List, Thanks for your response to my somewhat outlandish query re. Russian soldiers at Baghdad. pg's 'tips' (pardon the pun!), with his quote re. Pristina Airport may give a clue as to how the query originated. And Colin may well be right about existing explanations being sufficient as to why US forces didn't take Baghdad. Might one add that the campaign of the so-called First Gulf War was poorly planned, with - as Colin says - no exit strategy? It looks as if the story, from a Gulf War Veteran (perhaps through no fault of his own - he may have been damaged in the war), was questionable, and altogether a red herring. - Colin, you did very well, I thought, in Edwina Currie's Radio 5 late-night program on Iraq (I hope you manage to catch up on your sleep!). - Finally, for those who are interested in 'The Russian Connection', please read on: NRO (National Review-Online), By James S. Robbins, 20.2. -02. "Tariq Aziz visited Russia in January. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov greeted him saying, "Welcome to Moscow, where you have many friends." The Russians put forward a proposal under which the UN inspectors would return with a few minor conditions, and allegedly floated the notion of sending a Russian peace keeping force to secure Iraq's border with Kuwait. This very clever plan would have put the US in something of a diplomatic quandary. But Saddam's contrariness came to the rescue again. The Iraqis requested - even denounced - the Russian proposal for the return of the "espionage teams". They simply will not budge on the inspection issue." Greetings, Bert G. _________________________________________________________________ Chat online in real time with MSN Messenger http://messenger.msn.co.uk _______________________________________________ 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