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dear all, sorry for the cross-posting of the HRW's report "'Climate of fear". actually i didn't follow your discussion about HRW until now. i argee with all of you. for me, HRW and AI etc., are not 100 % trustworthy. while emphasize the universal value of human rights, they fail to demonstrate enough sensitivity to and understanding of cultural differences. such a problem becomes acute when it comes to animal rights'welfare groups such as WSPA, RSPCA, etc. as a non-westerner, i especially feel bad about this. however, this does not prevent my support for their cause in most situations. in Iraq's case, as Gabriel says, "activists concerned with the well-being of ordinary Iraqis should surely welcome this report for the information it contains and use this information to press for the US & UK governments to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarianlaw." nevertheless, i also find Tom's criticism convincing; morally speaking, how "can you condemn an end product but not what led to the end product?" well, it seems that i end up saying nothing while i endorse both sides. but i think i probably have said something by endorsing a position that many people would find at least some peace with. regards, Emir _______________________________________________ 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