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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] dear bert my horse sense tells me that you gave the issues substantial thought, hence your statement is "thoughtful". i have as well meditated on issues of looting, suicide missions and other mayhem and wondered, if placed in the same position as those who are hopeless and downtrodden, marginalized and dehumanized, and under capricious foreign occupation, i would not do as they. i want to extend this a bit. i have discussed the issue of looting with others, all educated to the highest scholarly degrees, many born with the proverbial silver spoon in mouth, if not to the purple, and honestly profess and confess that i am uncertain, i fear, that, if a mob breaks into tiffanny's and i am there as well, i would not be one of those that entered. forget the needy and the clothing or grocery stores. some criminality? of course. i do not totally trust my restraining probity nor my ethical judgement. i hope that i would not join in, and i will avoid the trial of such opportunities BECAUSE I AM FREE to do so. as are the cases of slavery and poverty, occupation is heinous (no, this is not news). the enslaved, the poor, and the occupied are the victims. i do not wish ask them to ponder the gestalt of their existence, for their miserable lot is not their creation. it is not their fault. i believe you erred in your "thoughtful" discussion, that, at this harrowing time for the iraqi, you would urge that he/she assess his/ her moral probity. (i have not resolved that in all my comfort and advantage. i admire those who, with a measure of honesty, can say they did) bill clinton effectively used the slogan " it is the economy, stupid" to defeat george bush senior in 1992. i would substitute the word "occupation" and seek relief for the iraqis....(and palestinians). i shall worry later about how well iraqis chose to evaluate themselves without the dominance of the "engleez"or "authority". but as you may say: this is not new. it is always right. cordially, tony _______________________________________________ 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