Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Patrick Buchanan Denounces Sanctions

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Patrick Buchanan Denounces Sanctions

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PATRICK BUCHANAN DENOUNCES SANCTIONS

Reform Party presidential candidate Patrick J. Buchanan spoke about foreign policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, on Dec. 16, 1999. He zeroed in on the failure of U.S. sanctions to weaken the grip of hostile regimes in Iraq, Iran, Cuba or Serbia while at the same time, he said, sanctions have spread resentment against America all over the world. "In Mr. Clinton's first term, the U.S. imposed 61 unilateral sanctions on 35 countries," Buchanan said. "Even his own secretary of commerce, William Daley, concedes that `we've become a sanctions-happy nation.'"

Buchanan said Denis Halliday, who resigned his position as U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Iraq to protest the human suffering resulting from the sanctions on Iraq, "holds America, the principal advocate and enforcer of U.N. Security Council sanctions, responsible for the deaths of 60,000 Iraqi children every year, and of 500,000 since 1991. If his figures are correct, more Iraqi children have been lost in nine years to U.S. sanctions than all the American soldiers killed in combat in all the wars of the 20th century.

"Woodrow Wilson called sanctions the `peaceful, silent, deadly remedy,'" Buchanan said. "Today, they may fairly be called America's silent weapon of mass destruction whose victims are almost always the weak, the sick, the women and the young. …

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