Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Voices in the Wilderness Fights Fine

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Voices in the Wilderness Fights Fine

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On the eve of a U.S. Federal District Court hearing,Voices in the Wilderness held a July 5 press conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, DC. The U.S. government continues to pursue a $20,000 fine against the organization, which is accused of violating economic sanctions law against Iraq when it delivered medical supplies to Iraqis in 1998.

Voices member Rev. Simon Harak pointed out the "moral bankruptcy of U.S. policy in Iraq." Imagine sending planes to continuously bomb Iraq for 13 years, he said, and imposing sanctions which killed 500,000 children under the age of 5. Imagine fining Americans who bring medicine to heal people, he continued, then imagine our government "actually thought we'd be welcomed with open arms after killing so many Iraqis. That was delusional."

Until 2003, Harak said, there had never been a suicide bombing in the 7,000 years of civilized Iraq's existence. "Our U.S. policy is not the solution," he concluded. "It's the problem."

Bert Sacks, a Voices delegate who also has been fined by the U. …

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