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Iraq shootings

My friend and colleague Professor Imad Moosa has just heard terrible news from his home town Basra in Iraq. His brother-in-law has been shot dead and his sister critically wounded by Shia militia. She was shot in the chest and stomach.

These ordinary people’s lives have been threatened and damaged by the Iranian-supported militia that are turning Iraq into a fundamentalist madhouse. Today I saw a death threat letter received by Imad’s family with photos of automatic weapons in its header – grim stuff. Imad’s sister was threatened because she works for the ‘infidels’ – as a translator at the British Consulate. She is also a Sunni Muslim but married (for only 7 months) to a Shia! The sectarian hatred is not only evil, it is foolish and non-discriminating.

Imad’s sister had been waiting for 2 months for emergency evacuation to Australia. Imad is an Australian citizen so it should be possible for his family to be evacuated here as soon as possible. In the meantime, the British forces in Basra should obviously protect their employees. It is difficult to understand why the Coalition don’t do more to protect such civilians. There is a responsibility to protect such innocents.

You might think about trying to persuade Senator Vanstone to hurry up – she is a good Minister. You can (politely) email her regarding ‘Imad Moosa’s sister and family’ at minister@immi.gov.au. I sent Vanstone an email today.

Update: Imad’s sister is in Kuwait and will be allowed to settle in Britain or Australia. What a nightmare for her and for the unfortunate people of Iraq.

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