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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 work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | web.bham.ac.uk/c.rowat | (+44/0) 121 414 3754 | (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | email@example.com http://dearraed.blogspot.com/10479113100.jpg _______________________________________________ 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