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  • Most of this news coverage has taken the form of Tony Blair speaking on behalf of Parliment, and Parliment speaking on behalf of the British people.

    Tony Blair is deliberately misrepresenting British public opinion. The opinion polls are mostly showing the majority of the British population don't support the war (at least, not without another UN resolution).

    On what grounds are the British people not supporting war in the gulf?

    It's not just in the UK. Much of Europe seems to have the same doubts. Ther

    • May I add my favourite reason ?
      • the continuous arrogance of US' foreign policy is going to fabricate more terrorists and Al Quaeda supporters.
        • the continuous arrogance of US' foreign policy is going to fabricate more terrorists and Al Quaeda supporters.

        I'm not sure what will create more terrorists, but I know what will create less.

        I believe that Al Qaeda is less secure today than before we went into Afghanistan. I like to think that this means less terrorism.

        I feel less secure with Al Qaeda access to a huge stockpile of VX, Anthrax and possibly smallpox from Iraq.

        I do believe that more Al Qaeda supporters are being created daily with Osam

        • I feel less secure with Al Qaeda access to a huge stockpile of VX, Anthrax and possibly smallpox from Iraq.
          Saddam Hussein is an atheist (or an autotheist, "someone who thinks he is God"). He's the leader of a socialist party (the Ba'as party). He's also a megalomaniac. I don't imagine him funding islamic terrorists, unless he has complete control over them (obviously not the case with Al Quaeda). Al Qaeda zealots are against democracy, against separation of churches and state, and as well against Saddam Hussein who guarantees religious freedom in Iraq as long as he's worshipped first. Moreover there is currently no evidence that Iraq actually owns smallpox and other biological weapons.

          I'd say it again : the main problem is the arrogance of the US' foreign policy. The message of Bush is clear : no negotation, we have evidences, we want a war now, we're right, God bless America. Argh. This is not a good thing for American diplomacy. With this attitude, the USA is loosing its credibility and its power. It's now easy for the current arab allies of the USA to depict themselves as the next target, in a few decades. They'll be less likely helping the USA then. Other countries, looking at the way USA manages this crisis, see that they completely fail to act on a diplomatic plan, and that's is nearly impossible to discuss with them, as Bush repeats that those that don't want war in Iraq are the USA's enemies.

          Gee, I don't even see why I complain about USA. Let them mess up their own diplomacy and alliances, that's a good thing for Europe by contrast.

            • Saddam Hussein is an atheist...

            That's funny, I could swear that I see, almost daily, videotape of Saddam Hussein on his prayer rug, bowing down in prayer in the manner of Moslems.

            I can't read Hussein's mind. I don't know if he's an atheist or not. I do note that Islam does not require belief, only obedience, which is how they went about "converting" so many to their religion. As long as Hussein is bowing down, he's Muslim.

            It is quite clear to me that Hussein wishes to curry favor with Moslem fandame

            • The Terrorist organisations have called saddam an atheist and an infidel. In the tape which supposedly links iraq and al qaida bin laden refers to the iraq rulers as solialist infidels.

              Although iraq is on the whole a muslim nation, with a muslim majority it has a wide range of races and religions - this is because it was created artificially, like isreal, but european empire builders as they carved up the lands the middle east.

              Calling Saddam a muslim is like calling hitler or david koresh a christian. M

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              @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
              print reverse @JAPH;
                • Calling Saddam a muslim is like calling hitler or david koresh a christian.

                I don't know if he's a muslim or not. Clearly, he appears at Mosques and prays to curry favor with Muslims. He clearly wants support of Muslims and their interests collide.

                • More importantly jews and christians in muslim countries are treated a lot better than in christian, jewish and hindu countries.

                Oh yes, like the Christians that are gunned down in Pakistan.

                • Bin laden said nothing about working with Saddam - he said all m