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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

An open letter to George Galloway 

The war in Iraq is being used as a campaign issue by some in the British election. One example is George Galloway, who has previously visited Iraq and met with Saddam Hussein, and now dismisses Iraqis who are grateful for the overthrow of Hussein for "selling out".

One Iraqi Kurd (Kurdo) has responded with an open letter to George Galloway, which begins:

I know that you are campaigning hard to win the hearts and minds of the British public, and I wish you good luck in failing. I and many other people from Iraq, just like the father of the Iraqi blogs, Salam Pax, will never forget the scenes in which you were sitting and joking with Saddam Hussein on the screens of the Iraqi television.

We were wondering what you were laughing about. Were the jokes of the dictator who filled the lands and the rivers with mass graves, who terminated birds and rivers, who did not differentiate between a killing baby and a soldier, were his jokes too funny? Or were you laughing at the Iraqi people for having a leader like Saddam Hussein?!


Kurdo concludes:
We are thankful for the forces of United States and United Kingdom and the rest of the world for getting rid of a dictator like Saddam Hussein. Many of us died and didn't live to see their long dream of a world-without Saddam, but those who are living today in that dream-come-true world, are not appreciating your works.

Kurdo also has some words for British voters who might be considering voting against Blair on behalf of Iraqis:

The decision to topple Saddam Hussein was the most courageous and beneficial decision a British Prime Minister could have ever taken for the sake of the freedom of the Iraqi people.
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If you are voting against Tony Blair for the sake of the Iraqi people, then don't please, because the majority of Iraqis don't appreciate that.

When we see the anti-war protests around the world we think "Where were these people when we were entering our mass-graves alive, when our babies were being gassed, when our villages were being destroyed. Why you didn't protest against Saddam Hussein for our sake ?"


I hope some British voters will read Kurdo's messages and think twice before voting for candidates such as George Galloway.
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