an open letter to patrick mercer mp

12 Aug

Dear Patrick Mercer,

An Open Letter.

I write to you today to request that you join the growing number of your fellow MPs ( http://snipurl.com/1phan ), who are writing to the government to protest against the Home Office’s decision not to grant automatic asylum to Iraqi interpreters. Brave allies who aided British forces after the initial removal of Saddam’s Baathist regime, and now face torture and death for their part in the “occupation”.

This is not a pro or anti-war cause. Those writers and commentators who are pushing for this change come from both sides of the debate. We simply want Britain to stand by those who now face death for helping our forces in the field.

On a personal note, I think it is morally unacceptable to abandon these people. It is deeply regrettable that the campaign to build a functioning democracy in Iraq has failed so miserably, but it is unconscionable to ignore the plight of people being killed simply because they worked for us. The least we can do is offer these few individuals the safety of asylum in our country.

I do hope you support this cause.

Yours sincerely,

Aaron Heath
tygerland.net

More info on the plight of the Iraqi interpreters can be found, here. You can write to your MP, here.

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6 Responses to “an open letter to patrick mercer mp”

  1. bowles_steve@hotmail.com August 13, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    “OUR FORCES”?I seem to remember that…..Oh never mind.

  2. bowles_steve@hotmail.com August 13, 2007 at 1:40 pm #

    “OUR FORCES”?I seem to remember that…..Oh never mind.

  3. none@ntlworld.com August 15, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    No need for your open letter to Patrick Mercer you already have his support. Patrick Mercer,told The Times: “These people who put their lives on the line for us should be treated with every consideration. They are going to face recrimination when we leave Iraq and they need to be protected. It would be a dereliction of duty if we didn’t help them.”Or is there something we don’t know? He also said there are: 250,000 failed asylum seekers in this country whose whereabouts we do not know.

  4. none@ntlworld.com August 15, 2007 at 9:17 am #

    No need for your open letter to Patrick Mercer you already have his support. Patrick Mercer,told The Times: “These people who put their lives on the line for us should be treated with every consideration. They are going to face recrimination when we leave Iraq and they need to be protected. It would be a dereliction of duty if we didn’t help them.”Or is there something we don’t know? He also said there are: 250,000 failed asylum seekers in this country whose whereabouts we do not know.

  5. aaronsheath@gmail.com August 15, 2007 at 9:20 am #

    Or is there something we don’t know?I hadn’t seen the article, John. I’m delighted Mr. Mercer is on board. Thanks for the update.

  6. aaronsheath@gmail.com August 15, 2007 at 9:20 am #

    Or is there something we don’t know?I hadn’t seen the article, John. I’m delighted Mr. Mercer is on board. Thanks for the update.

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