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Re: [casi] (Bert Gedin) targeting of water treatment facilities

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Dear Bert

I know that "Not everyone will accept the official Iraqi war
damage report, in the West". I know also that many people and some CASI members did not accept the 
UNICEF report about 500000 children died because of the sanctions, and that report was not a 
government report it was a UN report. I know that there are people who believe that "truth" comes 
only from their MOD and DOD. This "truth" will not come now, maybe in 20 years, because they do not 
want to say that they did it! Have you ever seen a crock voluntarily confessing his crime to the 
police not even on TV shows!

I have no faith in MOD or DOD to "learn from the "mistakes" of the past". I am sure they will bomb 
the same water, sewage, electricity, communication systems that they destroyed 12 years ago. I am 
sure that if I am still alive, 10 years from now, we will have a chance to discuss whether the 2003 
attacks on these targets were intentional and deliberate or was it collateral!

Best regards
Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar
Baghdad, Iraq

Dear Ghazwan,

Since this topic burst upon the scene, there has been a fantastic response.
Including some, very good communications from the scientific world (also,
I'm sorry to say, a few unpleasant postings, on the Site & privately -
freedom of expression at it's worst?). Until now, I don't think anyone from
Iraq has written, on this topic, certainly not provided information as fully
& informatively as yourself. Not everyone will accept the official Iraqi war
damage report, in the West. But few would argue with the fact that it was
Iraqi people who suffered the results  of bombings, sanctions & other
destruction, all this they have experienced first-hand. The very least we
can do is to set aside our own predjudices, and study this report, very
seriously. If we, at least,
do that, then perhaps it offers us the opportunity to learn from the
"mistakes" of the past.


Bert Gedin
(Birmingham, U.K.).

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