... And why I will not
Dr. B. Khalaf
Friday February 14, 2003
I write this to protest against all those people who oppose the war
against Saddam Hussein, or as they call it, the "war against Iraq". I
am an Iraqi doctor, I worked in the Iraqi army for six years during
Iraq-Iran war and four months during Gulf war. All my family still
live in Iraq. I am an Arab Sunni, not Kurdish or Shia. I am an
ordinary Iraqi not involved with the Iraqi opposition outside Iraq.
I am so frustrated by the appalling views of most of the British
people, media and politicians. I want to say to all these people who
are against the possible war, that if you think by doing so you are
serving the interests of Iraqi people or saving them, you are not. You
are effectively saving Saddam. You are depriving the Iraqi people of
probably their last real chance get rid of him and to get out of this
dark era in their history.
My family and almost all Iraqi families will feel hurt and anger when
Saddam's media shows on the TV, with great happiness, parts of
Saturday's demonstration in London. But where were you when thousands
of Iraqi people were killed by Saddam's forces at the end of the Gulf
war to crush the uprising? Only now when the war is to reach Saddam
has everybody become so concerned about the human life in Iraq.
Where were you while Saddam has been killing thousands of Iraqis since
the early 70s? And where are you are now, given that every week he
executes people through the "court of revolution", a summary secret
court run by the secret security office. Most of its sentences are
executions which Saddam himself signs.
I could argue one by one against your reasons for opposing this war.
But just ask yourselves why, out of about 500,000 Iraqis in Britain,
you will not find even 1,000 of them participating tomorrow? Your
anti-war campaign has become mass hysteria and you are no longer able
to see things properly.
Locum consultant neurologist, London