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[casi] Letter to my MP

22 January 2003

Siobhan McDonagh, MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0LW

Dear Ms McDonagh

Possible war with Iraq

I am writing to you as my MP to express my opposition to, and deep
concerns over, the likely war with Iraq.  Here are my reasons:

This war would be immoral and dangerous.  If there is a war, Muslims
around the world will believe that the US and the UK are against Islam -
not only because a Muslim country is being attacked and innocent people
killed, but also because Israel both has weapons of mass destruction and
flouts UN resolutions, yet no action is taken.

The humanitarian cost would be enormous.  Save the Children, who have
long worked in Iraq, predict that a war there will lead to a
"humanitarian disaster". Many thousands of innocent Iraqis suffered and
died in the last Gulf War, and in the years of bombing and economic
sanctions since then.

I would become personally involved.  My husband is a Muslim from North
Africa, so if we go to war with Iraq, I effectively become an enemy of
my husband's people.  Can you guarantee that this will not happen?  He
is also a British citizen - where do you expect his loyalties to lie?

There is no justification for killing innocent civilians to protect our
own self-interests.  Since knowing my husband, I have come to realise
how selfish our Western life-style and many of our values look from the
perspective of ordinary Muslims around the world and I am ashamed of our
arrogance and greed.  It may be simplistic to believe that this war is
about oil, strategic power and the control of resources, but this is how
it looks and what is widely believed.

For the sake of the Iraqi people, and of my husband and his family, I
urge you to speak out against the war and to urge Tony Blair and Jack
Straw to pursue peaceful means of promoting peace in the Middle East.

I welcome your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Aitchison

85 Love Lane, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 3AW
Tel: 020 8685 9928

Cathy Aitchison

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