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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In a message dated 07/19/2003 3:05:35 PM Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: > Could I reiterate my request that List members not post irrelevant, non-Iraq > related posts to this List. John-Peter: if you want to send a message of > this nature to Andreas, please do so by e-mailing Andreas rather than the > whole list. I have enough e-mails to delete as it is (as I'm sure do many > Gabriel, your assessment of what is "irrelevant" is not necessarily the only assessment. As this 'list' is not a monolithic non-organic chunk o' rock, perhaps you are speaking for some, perhaps just for yourself, but certainly not for all. I myself am non-religious and find the prayers irrelevant from a spiritual perspective, but not at all irrelevant for one's soul. As we are all, at least the people on this list who I know, emotionally weary and heartbroken the posts of people like Andreas may not be irrelevant at all, in fact they may very well be a highly relevant form of encouragement for some of our fellow sojourners. Might I make a suggestion for YOU, Gabriel, why don't you exercise your middle digit when deleting emails from me and the other bleeding hearts on the list, and save us the time of having to delete YOUR testy responses, or worse, respond to them. I respect your efforts on behalf of the people of Iraq, therefore, in the future if I am going to post something with a heart, I will mark it with a disclaimer which will alleviate you the consternation of reading it, alas, your middle digit will have to massage the overworked delete key. Perhaps the rest of you emotional liberals could do the same for Gabriel. I am speaking primarily for myself on this, feel free to delete or chastise at will. Roger Stroope Northern Arizona University Flagstaff USA During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary. "Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." _______________________________________________ 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