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Re: [casi] ... And why I will not

Although the call for liberation by Iraqi people is understandable, it
should not be a call to which the world should react blindly.

For example, in 1956 the Russians invaded Hungary and many Hungarian people
called out to the West for help. Many Hungarian dissidents held a plea for
US-intervention. But I can't help to think the fact the US didn't intervene
saved the world from a much bigger catastrophe. The consequence of an
intervention would probably have been dreadful.

The same problem comes up in the case of Iraq. Although it would be a major
good thing to see Saddam and his torturing maniacs go, to start a war to
achieve this could very possibly lead to even more mischief for the Iraqi
people, other countries in the region and, because an whole new brand of
war, the pre-emptive one, would be introduced in international law, it could
turn out disastrous for the stability all around the world. All these are at
least arguments to take in account when deciding if a war is the way to free
the Iraqi people.

Although the Iraqi people got the undeniable right to live in peace and
security, the achievement of this can never go to the expense of the freedom
and security of many other people around the world, nor to the expense of
international law.

Ending of sanctions, support to the opposition, the indictment of the
current Iraqi leaders, most of which nowadays can still travel freely, etc.
can be powerful tools in ousting Saddam Hussein from office. They will
probably take some while longer to take effect but their consequences are
much more controllable and less devastating on the rest of the world.

Sander Faas

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From: "Sama Hadad" <>
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Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 1:25 AM
Subject: [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
> 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
> 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
> possible war, that if you think by doing so you are serving the interests
> Iraqi people or saving them, you are not. You are effectively saving
> 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
> 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
> Locum consultant neurologist, London
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