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This article is based on a visit and interviews with Iraqi exiles in the United States, who talk in detail about the misery Hussein has inflicted upon his people. Gives us a good idea of who we are fighting for. Meanwhile, anti-war people haven't managed to produce a single Iraqi, or American of Iraqi descent, to state the case for us not to go to war. Posted below is the opening of the article. Click on the link for the rest.
The Horrors of "Peace"
From the March 10, 2003 issue: Saddam's victims tell their stories.
by Stephen F. Hayes
03/10/2003, Volume 008, Issue 25




Dearborn, Michigan

"Do you know when?" It is the question on all minds these days--those of stockbrokers, journalists, financiers, world leaders, soldiers and their families. When will the United States lead a coalition to end Saddam Hussein's tyranny over Iraq?

The answer matters most to the tyrant's subjects--like the man who asked the question of his friend in an early-morning phone conversation on Monday, February 24. The call came from Nasiriyah, in southern Iraq, to the home of an Iraqi exile in suburban Detroit.

It used to be that Iraqis trapped inside their country would speak to each other and to friends outside in veiled language. For years, Saddam's regime has tapped the phone lines of all those suspected of disloyalty, so an inquiry about the timing of a possible attack would be concealed behind seemingly unrelated questions. On what date will you sell your business? When does school end? When are you expecting your next child?

But few Iraqis speak in puzzles anymore. They ask direct questions. Here is the rest of that Monday morning conversation:

"Do you know when?"

"I'm not sure."

"Are you coming?"

"Yes. I am coming. We will . . . "

The second speaker, an Iraqi in Michigan, began to provide details but quickly reconsidered, ending his thought in mid-sentence. He says he was shocked by the candor coming from Iraq. "Never in the history of Iraq do people talk like this," he said later.

"Why are you silent?"

"I'm afraid that you'll be in danger."

"Don't be afraid. We are not afraid. This time is serious."

"I am coming with the American Army."

"Is there a way that we can register our names with the American forces to work with them when they arrive? Will you call my house at the first moment you arrive? I will help."

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Bravo! 01.Mar.2003 21:11

sf

the silent majority awakes..

An Iraqi argues against US Imperialist War 01.Mar.2003 21:17

douglas lain

Kamil Mahdi

It is not in the interest of the Iraqi people to simply go back to the position before this crisis. War, comprehensive sanctions and containment are all damaging to Iraqi society and detrimental to people's ability to challenge tyranny. Here we are, possibly within days of a cataclysm and certain military defeat, yet the regime's structures are intact.

The alternative to war is not the threat of war, which is implicit and understood. The alternative is to start a political process that empowers the people of Iraq and shifts the domestic balance in their favour. War and sanctions both write off the people and target them. The way to empower the people is by both shifting the agenda and establishing the credibility and authenticity of international concern. Propaganda and spin in the service of war will not convince Iraqis that this is not an imperialist project. The way out of the present impasse is:

1 Maintain weapons inspections to allay western concerns.

2 Introduce human-rights monitors.

3 Lift the economic blockade and demand professionalism and transparency in economic affairs under UN monitoring.

4 Implement Resolution 688, including an end to repression.

5 Genuinely support Iraqis, not by imposing an agenda and stooges on the opposition.

6 Start a process of truth and reconciliation.

7 Relieve debt and remove reparation to enhance moves toward democracy.

8 Move towards UN-supervised elections after a time.

9 Curb Ariel Sharon and move immediately towards a just Middle East peace under resolution 242, with recognition of Palestinian rights.

The Saddam regime is now in retreat and its project is doomed. This is an opportunity to undercut its domestic power base and also to curb extremism. The alternative to a political process is a devastating imperialist war, followed by a bloody liberation struggle.

Kamil Mahdi is an Iraqi political exile and lecturer in Middle East economics at the University of Exeter.

hard to do without UN support huh? 01.Mar.2003 22:34

s

all of these demands seem reasonable, but since the UN has it the chicken switch, it will be up to the United States to decide policy now...

Why we must Massacre Iraqis 02.Mar.2003 00:37

Rumsfeld Perle Wolfowitz

Any trolls posting lies abvout "regime change", "Weapons of mass destruction" and "liberation" will be met with the text of PNAC.

Here it is for y'all...






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1. "The United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification,

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American
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regime
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from the Zionist Project for the New American Century - page 14

[Bu$h already fought for] IraqGate 1980-1994 02.Mar.2003 13:02

nsarchive

On August 2, 1990, Iraqi troops rolled across the border into neighboring Kuwait. The invasion prompted outrage and action from the White House where Iraq's President Saddam Hussein was reviled as a modern day Hitler, potentially more dangerous by virtue of his nuclear weapons ambitions.

But Washington's view had not always been so negative....

[Bu$h already fought for] IraqGate 1980-1994
[Bu$h already fought for] IraqGate 1980-1994