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Dear Dirk, I see the confusion now. Someone pasted the public page of signatures into a message on the cuba yahoo pages. Since it is in French, it threw me. It's bad form to forward anyone's signature (name) anywhere without their permission, so whoever did it lacked consideration for those on your list. Its a bit deceiving to those who view it or spot it in a search when looking me up because one thing I am not is an enemy of *anyone*. I focus on policy, not a country or a man. I would hate anyone to think I am ignorant enough to generalise an entire country over this war, a petition or what ever else...if you see what I mean. I'm not shy about adding my name to petitions, sites, or even on the sensitive political articles I have written. I just choose to put my name where I want - on my own :) Thanks and my apologies - I had read it completely wrong. Anai [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear Anai, the message posted on the 18th of october 2002 to the Yahoo group, is the "international peace appeal" that you signed, with a very partial list of endorsers. I checked it. So nobody has used your name for another petition. And if they should do so, I'd be the first to oppose. I agree with you that names can not be used for another petition than the one you have signed. But it is the same appeal. That's why I wrote that I don't see the problem. The second thing is that I find it very hard to be accused of using names of people that did not really sign the petition. It would undermine our credibility if we would use such practices. I have sent the letter of 15 october, where her name is mentioned, to Salwa. You know we introduced a new appeal: "No Impunity for War Crimes committed by U.S. Troops in Iraq!" http://www.irak.be/ned/missies/medicalMissionColetteGeert/CourtCaseFranks.htm to support the court case against General Tommy Franks. We did not use the names of the "International Peace appeal" as endorsers for the new appeal. That would be a stupid thing to do. I think we always act correctly, and we do not abuse the names of persons. With "spreading solidarity", I did not mean that people can use your name for any petition, but that several websites worldwide can put the "international peace appeal" on their website, or make a link to it (which I prefer). Dear Anai, I have signed your petition "Lift Sanctions in Iraq - Say NO to war" at http://www.thePetitionSite.com/takeaction/411151486. I still stand by it. Why should I want to have my signature removed? Everybody can see my name. Companies can abuse my name. The CIA can even add my name to their list of people opposed to the war in Iraq. It could ruin my future. The persons that signed your petition could be all communists. They are all terrorists anyway, in the view of Bush. Perhaps if we stay quiet and not stick our neck out and let Bush continue to set the world on fire, we may have a bright future. Yours in struggle for peace. Dirk. www.irak.be _________________________________________________________________ MSN 8 helps eliminate e-mail viruses. Get 2 months FREE*. http://join.msn.com/?page=features/virus _______________________________________________ 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