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Dear Andreas and List, I for one would like to see an independent investigation into the issue of the Mass Graves. The problem is the credibility of the investigating side. The Archeologists for Human Rights damage their credibility by identifying the occupation of Iraq as a “liberation” whereby they talk of a Free Iraq; and they are fully cooperating with only the Kurdish administration and no other group. The AFHR’s page quotes two sources: Labour MP Ann Clwyd and Iraqi National Congress spokesman Entifadh Qanbar; both of whose credibility is questionable. And there is of course the famous AI, known for its selective morality.. The issue is not that cooperating with the Kurdish authorities is bad, but that the work would lack objectivity. They are working with full funding and support of the Dr. Mohammad Ihsan, Minister of Human Rights of the Kurdistan Regional Government. If this were not a sad issue, I would have thought the Ministry is a joke... One would ask: is the Minister going to show them the graves where victims of the Kurdish infighting, and who number in the thousands, were buried? And how is the AFHR going to find out who was killed by Saddam’s army and who was killed by the Kurds themselves? Is the AFHR going to investigate the mass graves of the Arab Communists and followers of Mahmoud Uthman who were massacred by Talbani’s forces when Talbani was a buddy of Saddam, hugging him and placing kisses on his cheeks and forehead? Or the graves of the Iraqi army soldiers taken prisoners in 1991, and executed by Talbani? Is the AFHR going to investigate the mass graves created by the giant earthmovers used by the US in 1991 to bury Iraqi soldiers alive in southern Iraq? How is the AFHR going to decide who was killed by Saddam’s army and who was killed by the Shi’a themselves in the 1991 uprising? Relying on Entifadh Qanbar or Ann Clwyd is a sure guarantee that the lies and fabrications will continue and that the result is not reliable. After all those are the same people who created the lies about the WMDs and supported the war. Why should we trust them now?? I am always angered by hypocrisy and double standards. Where was the AFHR and similar Human Rights groups when Iraqis were dying by the hundreds every day because of the sanctions and the US/UK bombs? Where were they when Iraqis were prevented from getting their basic needs? Now they care for the Iraqis and want to investigate only Saddam’s crimes.. How about crimes committed by others; by the US, UK, Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, etc... Who will investigate the huge mass grave holding the bodies of almost two million Iraqis murdered by the civilized world in 13 years of sanctions?? HZ __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Protect your identity with Yahoo! Mail AddressGuard http://antispam.yahoo.com/whatsnewfree _______________________________________________ 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