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There is also something very racist about the surprise and lack of comprehension from commentators about Iraqi resistance against coalition troops. eg: BBC Radio 4 Today this morning* - discussion about resistance in Basra with John Humphries, Andy McNab (pen name for author and former SAS soldier), General Patrick Cordingley and Riad al-Tahir (hope that's spelt right), Friendship Across Frontiers. John Humphries was somewhat dismissive of the viewpoint of al-Tahir, who was arguing that Iraqis are defending their homeland against the same people (ie. USUK govts) who have devastated the country with years of sanctions. Humphries: "you could argue for the rest of the programme about sanctions.." and a bit later, "are you really suggesting that Saddam is much loved?" (ie. because you are suggesting the people won't automatically welcome troops planning to overthrow him) Interestingly, Andy McNab expressed understanding for this resistance and agreed that Iraqis were fighting for their homeland: "...quite so, some of the local population will be defending their homelands, their back yards and their homes - I would." The discussion then focused on how to convince the Iraqis that the troops were benign and the fact that (from Humphries) "if they continue to defend their homeland the British and Americans have got a serious problem..." (note who's got the problem!) Surely it's racist to assume that some kinds of people (ie. who are different from 'us') will be happy with 'our' troops on their streets and round their homes in order to help them (ie. 'help sort things out for them')? Cathy *To listen (until overwritten by tomorrow's programme) go to http://www. bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/listen/listen.shtml (click on Listen and go to Part 6, 8.30-9.00am - discussion starts at about 8.50am) In message <3E7D8580.4521.437057@localhost>, Mark Parkinson <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes >Another racist aspect is that very little notice is taken of people >who are 'displaced' - driven from their homes. > >> Hardly anyone in Britain is facing up to the racism rampant in this >> war. > >Mark Parkinson >Bodmin >Cornwall > > > >_______________________________________________ >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 -- Cathy Aitchison _______________________________________________ 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