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For Mandy, why I lived in the UK

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Submitted by Sarah (Sweden), Apr 6, 2006 at 03:57

(Mandy said: i really could'nt be bothered to read most of what you wrote. But have just realised that you are based in the UK! Why?.. Well thats fine but don't stay in our countries or ask us for anything. ...)

Mandy, I did stay in UK for a certain period. Why? Because I was on a diplomactic assignment. My salary, house rent, foreign and entertainment allowances, medical treatment costs, utility charges, phone bill -everything was paid by my country. I did not go there to open a corner shop at Queensbury, or to stay in one of your Council flats. I represented my own country there, like the British diplomats do while representing their country in my capital. I do not have any prejudice against any country or people. But yes, I was in the UK when they launched the attack on Iraq. During the first Iraq war (90s), our country also sent soldiers to fight against Iraq. But in 2003 the position of my country was different. However, we could not take any clear stands on this issue, because, historically and culturally, our country always had very strong ties with the UK. And another thing, whatever I said on this board, (I admit, sometimes I was very angry because of the irresponsible comments made by the non-Muslims) is my personal views only, and that had nothing to do with my country.

I had many friends and colleagues in the UK with whom I still enjoy excellent relations. London is a city I'm in love with. During my four years stay in that country, I never heard any comments like I am hearing from you at this forum. Here, I am stunned to see the radical views of some, which seem so different from the views of 'real Britishers' in the UK ! Believe you me, I have never met such people on the soil of the UK. And I strongly believe that whatever you say here under cover of your nick names, you can't say these things in public in your own country. Thats a relief. Almost all the Muslim participants at these board have made their email addresses public, but none of the western participants has done so. That says a lot.

Take care and good luck.

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