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> Described as a coalition of anti-war groups, with > connections to the US Greeen Party, Quakers etc. - > worthy sources & with vision - what could one > possibly have reservations about? Dear List, A few points on these interesting comments on possible "reservations" about Occupation Watch: 1-- These perceptions of Occupation Watch seem to come regurgitated out of MSNBC's big stomach - from the article posted on CASI July 23. ("Peace groups open Baghdad office") It's second-hand information. The article concludes with a parting shot from a US military spokesman: "this groups efforts seem ludicrous". Really...? It might be a good idea to get first-hand information on Occupation Watch before venturing into speculations. If you visit their website, you'll find a detailed outline of their mandate and aims. You'll also find articles on various topics: http://www.occupationwatch.org 2-- "One" may of course have all sorts of "reservations" about the creation and the aims of Occupation Watch. But unless one is involved in its creation, one can do nothing about it. It would appear that the founders and probably their Advisory Board decided on OW's mandate and aims by themselves. This seems reasonably - CASI was created in a similar framework. Naturally, one may speculate what Occupation Watch should or should not be doing. But these speculations will lead nowhere: Occupation Watch will do what it aims to do - and rightly so. 3-- So suggestions that Occupation Watch should "not [be] just pointing fingers at the occupiers" seem misplaced. Monitoring the occupation _is_ their sole mandate. And if one feels that the Occupying Authority has been treated unfairly, one can always notify Occupation Watch. 4-- Holding reservations: To propose "reservations" about Occupation Watch without having visited their website would seem a little premature. But of course the media proffers many of its reservations second-hand. A friend of mine held strong reservations about Proust's _Remembrance of Things Past_ without ever having read the book. He was afraid he might misinterpret it, so he relied on the (mis)interpretations of renowned critics... And as an aside, your message to the Iraqis: > I still feel Iraqis, too, should make a conscious > decision to re-discover the true values of humanity > - & live it! Wise words! No doubt Iraqis will treasure them. However, for the last 13 years Iraqis have had some exposure to the "true values of humanity", as practised by the US and Britain - and condoned by everyone else: For example, the physical destruction in 1991, right back to the pre-industrial age. Since then continued bombing attacks, including the big one in 1998. Then the final solution in 2003. In addition, for 13 years Iraqis were punished with economic ruin, starvation, suffering, and deaths through the sanctions regime. So, yes, Iraqis have a lot to learn about the "true values of humanity". Best regards, Elga Sutter _______________________________________________ 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