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[casi] Peace making

Dear list members,

It is my sense that two things are true about the present situation in Iraq:

1. Iraq is at war, and Iraqis are being killed in much larger numbers than
they have been for some time.

2. there will be a new government of Iraq after this period.

As a consequence of both of these, my sense is that there will be great
tensions in post-war Iraq.  The ability of a new Iraq to be a hopeful rather
than a fearful and violent country for Iraqis will depend to a large extent
on the ability of Iraqis to address these tensions peacefully.

The future of Iraq is, in my view, ultimately a matter for Iraqis to dream
for, struggle for, and build.  I hope, though, that I have earned a right to
make a plea from the sidelines: please see your interactions on this list,
and in other fora, as part of building Iraq's future, as influencing the
odds that a hopeful Iraq will emerge from this violent time.  If differences
can be reduced here, there is more hope in Iraq; if not, I fear that there
may be less hope.

In friendship, hope and fear,

Colin Rowat

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