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Dear Tom & All, Certainly, debate is healthy & neccessary - isn't that what free speech/democracy is all about? By questioning nothing, we allow ourselves to be conned, decieved, brain-washed (example: Glen & the notorious "dodgy dossier"). It says a lot about Tom, that - despite his imposing credentials - he is not too proud nor self-important to listen & re-consider. A quality sadly lacking in robots. Roger says: ".... those who truly care can disagree on point, but agree on so much else." Not bad! Your letter to "the Ministry of Health for Central Command" - oh dear, then you say "Dear Ministry of Defense...."! Is that a mistake or is it an error? - Pity you didn't get one guy's name (hopefully, someone who had a mother, who loved him), that would have made it more personal. - You start off by putting your cards on the table, making your requests loud & clear. You express your concerns strongly. An impressive letter. You have - unknowingly? - followed Amnesty International's "golden rule" for letter- writing = "The main thing is to be courteous." You don't address the "Ministry" (= a group) as if they were a morally anethetised killing machine, but appeal to their (dormant?) inner humanity. - Let us all know, Tom, please, of any developments - good luck! Greetings, Bert. >From: nagy <email@example.com> >To: Bert Gedin <firstname.lastname@example.org>, casi-discuss ><email@example.com> >CC: gedinbert <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com >Subject: RE: Comments to Tom -- and Cent. Comm. Min. of Health email >address >Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 08:04:04 -0400 > >Dear Colleagues, > > I appreciate Bert's points, since I veiw debate as healthy and >necessary. I >doubt that I am 100% wrong, but I also am sure that I can not possible by >100% >correct. Discussion of tactics helps me and I trust others. > > Based on the reply from the webmaster, I was able to send the following >to >the Ministry of Health of Central Command. > >================================================== >Dear Ministry of Defense for Central Command, > > >I hope to be testifying before Sen. Gregg committee re the confirmation or >rejection of Dr. Pipes as soon as he schedules the hearing. > >I urgent request that you make available (or permit to be made available) >epidemiological surveillance data for Iraq. Further I request that these >data >by collected and reported by an independent agency, since the U.S. >government >has lost credibilty in Iraq as the rationale for the re-invasion of Iraq >unravels daily. > >I was told by the webmaster, that my earlier message had been sent to you. >Please confirm receipt of this and the earlier message. > >I don't want any of my former students dying in Iraqi or any more Iraqis to >die, setting off another cycle of violence. Surely we agree on this and the >fact that killing even more Iraqi, particularly infants (who are at most >risk), because production and distribution of safe water is given too low >priority relative to looting oil is illegal, immoral and counterproductive. > >I pray for your safety and the safety of the people of Iraq (and of our >children and their children). > > > >Tom >Thomas J. Nagy, Ph.D. >Assoc. Prof. of Expert Systems >George Washington Univeristy Sch. of Business & Public Mgt. >Washington, D.C. 20052 >home.gwu.edu/~nagy >202/994-7090 > > ========================================== > > > > >===== Original Message From Bert Gedin <firstname.lastname@example.org> ===== > >Dear All on List, > > > >On Tom's suggestion, I'm happy to forward this, hoping it may lead to >some > >healthy debate as to how best communicate, esp. with those in charge of > >invasion/occupation of Iraq. > >Tom >Thomas J. Nagy, Ph.D. >Assoc. Prof. of Expert Systems >George Washington Univeristy Sch. of Business & Public Mgt. >Washington, D.C. 20052 >home.gwu.edu/~nagy > _________________________________________________________________ Stay in touch with absent friends - get MSN Messenger http://www.msn.co.uk/messenger _______________________________________________ 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