Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Innocents of Iraq

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Innocents of Iraq

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The Innocents of Iraq

The story of the life-destroying sanctions on Iraq should be on the front pages, but it is not. Nevertheless, according to the New York-based International Action Center led by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, "economic sanctions have killed more than 1.5 million Iraqis." (www.jacenter.org). The World Health Organization reports that 5,000 to 6,000 human babies die every month because of sanctions-related effects. To protest the suffering, Denis Halliday, the head of the United Nations oil-for-food program in kaq, resigned, terming the sanctions as the U.N.'s "weapon of mass destruction." Link that also to the nonstop Anglo-American bombing of Iraq and it all adds up to a humanitarian calamity.

Japan and Germany perpetrated horrific atrocities during WWII, but after their defeat both nations were put back on their feet through massive U.S. economic aid. Emperor Hirohito, despite his wartime complicity, was left intact.

Arab affluence provided a brief window of opportunity to influence events after Iraq's defeat, but that opportunity was not seized. Equally useless has been the U.N. under the timid Kofi Annan, making it increasingly clear why his selection was so aggressively promoted by Madeleine Albright.

Even the ex-U.N. chief arms inspector in Iraq, Richard Butler, in an interview with Arms Control Today (June 1999), was constrained to remark: "Sanctions seem to hurt the wrong people and don't necessarily bring about compliance. …

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