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Re: [casi] Baathists in a twist

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In a message dated 05/31/2002 5:20:47 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> it's quite amusing to see that the baathists on the list are running around

As of yet, I have seen nothing on this topic, Sanctions, that is amusing.  I
find this constant bickering less than amusing.  I do think it is clear that
personal agendas have recently ruled the day.

Yasser, it is clear that you favor a regime change, that you don't care for
Saddam.  I don't care for his behavior either.  I don't however believe that
any of us are in a position to do anything about this.  I do believe that
bombing Iraq is criminal and those that call for violence to end violence are
thinking in a wrongheaded fashion.

I have no doubt that things occur within the borders of Iraq, as well as
EVERY other country that are offensive to most of us.  I don't believe your
interpretations of others perspectives are nearly complex enough, and find
them to be forwarded at the expense of intellect and in favor of your own
passion.  (Which is certainly understandable)

The alleged Baathists you speak of were probably not suggesting that the
abuse is fair, warranted, OK, or anything remotely resembling that sort of
assessment.  They were probably speaking to the larger issue that there are
many countries leaders who behave badly, not just Iraq's.  They are possibly
fed up with the rhetoric that singles out and vilifies Iraq and is not
productive for removing the suffering that is caused by sanctions.

If there is any chance that you can keep your eye on the ball, and remember
that this web sight is CASI, Campaign Against Sanctions in Iraq, rather than
Campaign against Saddam in Iraq, I would certainly appreciate it.  Some of
these posts just suck the air our of the room.

Having said that, you are entitled to post anything you like up to but not
including the time that someone in authority deems your postings, or mine for
that matter, to be of
no value and removes the privilege.

Peacefully yours,
Roger Stroope
Peace is a Human Right
Austin College

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