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[casi] ... And why I will not

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... And why I will not

Dr B Khalaf
Friday February 14, 2003
The Guardian

I write this to protest against all those people who oppose the war against
Saddam Hussein, or as they call it, the "war against Iraq". I am an Iraqi
doctor, I worked in the Iraqi army for six years during Iraq-Iran war and
four months during Gulf war. All my family still live in Iraq. I am an Arab
Sunni, not Kurdish or Shia. I am an ordinary Iraqi not involved with the
Iraqi opposition outside Iraq.

I am so frustrated by the appalling views of most of the British people,
media and politicians. I want to say to all these people who are against the
possible war, that if you think by doing so you are serving the interests of
Iraqi people or saving them, you are not. You are effectively saving Saddam.
You are depriving the Iraqi people of probably their last real chance get
rid of him and to get out of this dark era in their history.

My family and almost all Iraqi families will feel hurt and anger when
Saddam's media shows on the TV, with great happiness, parts of Saturday's
demonstration in London. But where were you when thousands of Iraqi people
were killed by Saddam's forces at the end of the Gulf war to crush the
uprising? Only now when the war is to reach Saddam has everybody become so
concerned about the human life in Iraq.

Where were you while Saddam has been killing thousands of Iraqis since the
early 70s? And where are you are now, given that every week he executes
people through the "court of revolution", a summary secret court run by the
secret security office. Most of its sentences are executions which Saddam
himself signs.

I could argue one by one against your reasons for opposing this war. But
just ask yourselves why, out of about 500,000 Iraqis in Britain, you will
not find even 1,000 of them participating tomorrow? Your anti-war campaign
has become mass hysteria and you are no longer able to see things properly.
Locum consultant neurologist, London

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