TONY BLAIR based an impassioned defence of military action on a personal e-mail written by an exiled 19-year-old Iraqi student at Cambridge. . . .
In her e-mail, Ms Kashi, from northwest London, described the anti-war movement as â€œmisjudged and misplacedâ€.
She wrote: â€œYou may feel that America is trying to blind you from seeing the truth about its real reasons for an invasion. I must argue that, in fact, it is you who are still blind to the bigger truths in Iraq.
â€œSaddam has murdered more than a million Iraqis over the past 30 years; are you willing to allow him to kill another million?â€ Ms Kashi was born in Kuwait after her parents sought refuge from Saddamâ€™s persecution. The family had to flee to Britain when Saddam had the Kuwaitis deport Iraqi men to Baghdad. On the border he had those returning killed. She stated: â€œWe were lucky. We made it safely to Britain. My father was lucky â€” his brother was caught trying to escape, and tortured. So here I am, 19 years later, never having set foot in the country of my parents.â€
She attacked the West for its role in arming Saddam in the past, but she also called into question the motives of the peace movement. â€œWhy is it now â€” at the very time that the Iraqi people are being given real hope, however slight and however precarious, that they can live in an Iraq that is free of the horrors partly described in this e-mail â€” that you deem it appropriate to voice your disillusions with Americaâ€™s policy in Iraq?
â€œDo not use the Iraqi people as a pawn in your game for moral superiority â€” when you allow a monster like Saddam to rule for 30 years without so much as protesting against his rule.â€ She added: â€œOf course, it would be ideal if an invasion could be undertaken, not by, the Americans, but by, say, the Nelson Mandela International Peace Force. Thatâ€™s not on offer. The Iraqi people cannot wait until such a force materialises.â€