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If YOU did not manage to at least make a small dent in his convictions than who the hell will? I've always worked under these personal convictions: - Your for democracy or you are not. Changing foreign regimes by force is NOT democracy. - Regime changes that are asked and wished for PUBLICALLY by the majority of the population but cannot happen because of foreign inteference are THE ONLY ones that are deemed acceptable for applications of sanctions and blocus. South Africa, Haïti, Israel, Ceaucescu, - If you feel that only armed force is the only solution in such cases (Iraq might be a good place) at the most, I wouldn't mind international volunteer brigades that join voluntarily militias on the ground (such as Spanish Civil war) but all othe considerations must be included. Iraqis NEVER ASKED FOR sanctions unlike South Africans or Palestinians, etc.. - In Iraq, the regime would have been topled by the Iraqis had the US not intefered in 1991. Therefore, NO inteference from a foreign state/ power that has supported the present regime can be considered morally valid in this case. It has to be done individually. - No, I am not a pacifist Marc Azar Rania Masri a écrit: >[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] > >Dear friends, > > > >Yesterday morning, I had the (misfortune) of being cornered for an hour with >a pro-war columnist in the local, main newspaper in Raleigh/Durham (North >Carolina). He kept presenting the war in a black and white fashion: either >you support the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein and thus support >this war, or you are callous towards the suffering of the Iraqis under the >dictatorship and you oppose the war. All efforts I made to explain to him >that this was *not* a war of liberation fell on deaf ears. He was only >interested in: how would you work to get ride of him. So, I told him >first to lift the tools of oppression imposed by the US on the people of >Iraq (i.e. the sanctions, the constant bombardment), and then work to >empower the people themselves by using life-affirming policies and not >life-destroying policies. He regarded this all as little more than hogwash. >When I told him that there have been numerous grassroots uprising against >dictatorships, he said, basically, bull. > > > >I would love your advice. What information should I send his way? (His >article will run Wednesday, so if any information will be sent, it needs to >be sent today or early tomorrow). > > > >Emotionally exhausted, > >-Rania > > > > > >We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes. > >- Ella Baker > >---------------------------------------------------------------------------- >---- > >Rañia Masri, Ph.D. > >Director, Southern Peace Research and Education Center > >Institute for Southern Studies > >http://www.southernstudies.org <http://www.southernstudies.org/> > >2009 Chapel Hill Rd. > >Durham, North Carolina 27707 > > > > > > > >_______________________________________________ >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 > > > > > _______________________________________________ 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