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Dear List Members, Since some people advocate a US attack as a 'fast way' of lifting sanctions, motives should perhaps not be completely ignored. Anyway, I hope the List Manager doesn't mind this one too much. It's a motive you've probably never heard before. And it touches on something that came out in the open when Bush started his war machine back in 2001: prejudice and Islamophobia. One of the Bush's "unspoken" motives says the Globe and Mail's former bureau chief to Washington is birth control: By invading Iraq the US hopes to decrease the Arab birth-rate in the Middle East (via democracy). And this might be convenient for Israel. The mind boggles. Here is his idea: <start quote> "Arab population increases threaten to swamp the Jewish population within Israel's borders. The hope that Arab fertility rates may decline by introducing democracy to the region through regime change in Iraq is an unspoken motive behind U.S. determination to oust Saddam Hussein. Confidence in the ultimate revenge of the cradle consoles Arab extremists. Fear of North African and Middle Eastern hordes swamping their homelands stokes anti-immigrant xenophobia in Europe." <end quote> So I wrote a letter to the Globe's editor-in-chief, asking him if they have any editorial guidelines on ethnic bias. And if anyone feels like sending him a letter or an email, please do. - firstname.lastname@example.org At the peace demos in Latin America one slogan said: !!!POR UNA NACION HUMANA UNIVERSAL!!! Regards, Elga Sutter Here is the letter I sent: Edward Greenspon Editor-in-Chief Globe and Mail 444 Front Street Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5V 2S9 Dear Mr. Greenspon, Re: "The great demographic revolution", by John Ibbitson Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 Parts of this article reinforce, however unintended, the hostility and prejudice known as Islamophobia. And I would be interested to know if the Globe and Mail has any editorial guidelines, or codes of ethics regarding ethnic bias. Ironically, it was published on the day millions of people world-wide united in their desire for peace. The article claims, innocently enough, that today's newspapers are strongly influenced "by the depopulation trend: American-European tension, Islamic terrorism, Iraq...". "Islamic terrorism" has become the media's catch phrase. And it serves well to inflame the masses and foster prejudice. Logically, it is a misnomer - as 'Christian' or 'Judaic' terrorism would be. In the West, "healthy birth-rates" create economic prosperity - breeding to replace consumers: "For a developed economy, population decline means economic decline. "No wonder France and Germany are being crabby toward the Americans: The United States remains the only industrialized nation with a healthy birthrate (thanks mostly to Hispanic new arrivals), which only helps to widen the gap in prosperity and power between the Old and New Worlds." But in the Arab world, Mr. Ibbitson seems to be saying, they breed to replace 'terrorists': "Confidence in the ultimate revenge of the cradle consoles Arab extremists." So the US hopes to lower birth-rates by attacking Iraq: "Arab population increases threaten to swamp the Jewish population within Israel's borders. The hope that Arab fertility rates may decline by introducing democracy to the region through regime change in Iraq is an unspoken motive behind U.S. determination to oust Saddam Hussein. Confidence in the ultimate revenge of the cradle consoles Arab extremists. Fear of North African and Middle Eastern hordes swamping their homelands stokes anti-immigrant xenophobia in Europe." This is certainly a unique motive for military aggression. By invading Iraq, Mr. Bush would also solve Israel's Palestinian 'problem': stop them from multiplying. (Didn't Hitler have similar ideas?) (It should also be noted that in Iraq itself the US administration has been practising a gruesome form of birth control for 12 years: the genocidal sanction regime. Children die of waterborne diseases, leukaemia, kala azar, or malnutrition. Previously extinct diseases have been re- introduced into Iraq because of lack of insecticides and may spread throughout the Region.) Incidentally, while prejudice is certainly prevalent in Europe, the term "hordes" is restricted to English, and more specifically here to Mr. Ibbitson. But open Islamophobia has become socially acceptable in Canada, Europe, and especially the US following the events of September 11, 2001. And it is endangering the lives of many Canadians of Arab descent: A 15-year-old boy was beaten unconscious by his classmates. Many more such 'incidents' followed. People have been physically and verbally attacked; mosques and community centres have been burnt down or vandalized. The media, including the Globe, has done more than its share in fanning the flames of hatred. Is that the kind of spirit to promote in a multi-cultural society? Abroad, such views will invariably shape Canada's image as arrogant and racist. And why should people stereotyped as "hordes" want to do business with Canada? No doubt they prefer to deal with countries where courtesy towards other cultures is a given. Still, the Globe's viewpoint may serve as a deterrent to prejudice. For that reason, I have decided to share it with the world, including the newspaper offices of the "Middle Eastern hordes" referred to. Sincerely, _______________________________________________ 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