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Dear Ghazwan, It was an absolutely wonderful surprise, to learn you had been in contact with Judith. It would be good if you, and perhaps a few friends, were able to send regular reports, about how people in Baghdad, including Judith & other 'human shields' are managing to cope. As you must know, CASI would be one of the best websites, for such reports. Today, local radio, here in Birmingham, had a program about 'human shields'. One lady, who was on the program, I don't know if she is from Birmingham, and don't think I know her. But her name, she is, herself, a human shield, and spoke very well about the purpose of human shields, is Sue Darling. If you see her, please convey our best wishes, too. - For myself, I think the bad situation in Iraq has become more real, to me, since, with a group, I visited Palestine, last November. Greetings, Bert. >From: "Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar" <email@example.com> >To: "casi" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >CC: "Bert Gedin" <email@example.com> >Subject: [casi] (no subject) >Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 16:57:10 +0300 > > >[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] > >Dear Bert > >I looked for Judith Empson and found her in a hotel in Baghdad. She is >leaving today to stay at a food warehouse were she will act as other as >humanshield. We spent a very pleasant evening with Judith. He informed me >that she will not leave Baghdad even with the bombing. She tells me that >she feels more secure in Baghdad streets than in Birmingham. She sent her >greetings to all. She is really a remarkable lady. > >Best regards >Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar >Baghdad, Iraq > > >Dear All, > >The 'Human Shields' issue is controversial, responses to it have been >greatly varied, even for one certain politician (who should know what he's >talking about!) regarding it as a war crime. Most, however, would >respect the courage of those who place themselves in danger to their lives, >without harming anyone else. In what is seen as a worthy purpose. >Although the human shields, in Iraq, are from many nations & cultures, >is there - from a Biblical viewpoint - a valid comparison with the saying >that no man/woman has greater love than in laying down his/her >life for his/her friends? > >Judith Empson is a middle-aged, professional lady, of Birmingham, with >Shropshire connections. In the days when campaigning against sanctions & >bombings of Iraq was an eccentric, frequently unpopular & unthankful cause >(nowadays, the situation is quite the reverse, even pro-war governments are >being rocked), Judith was one of a very small group of friends who were >prepared to express their, strongly felt, views about the US/UK low-level >war war against a people, a gross injustice going on in our name. She had >been out of contact with us for some time. Then, as a bolt from the blue, >the media announced her Iraqi plans. As far as we know, she is now in >Baghdad (we would love to get in touch, could one or two of our Iraqi >friends please seek her out, and pass on our kind thoughts from friends in >Birmingham, U.K.?). > >Mostly,we lead rather hum-drum lives, and may be somewhat indifferent to >what is going on in the world. When someone like Judith is seen to follow >what she believes is the right course, it's as if the rest of us >are woken from our slumber. Is that what they call 'inspiration'? > >Greetings > >Bert Gedin. > > > > >_______________________________________________ >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 _________________________________________________________________ Worried what your kids see online? Protect them better with MSN 8 http://join.msn.com/?page=features/parental&pgmarket=en-gb&XAPID=186&DI=1059 _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk