ranxer, those people are not starving from our sanctions. Our sancations protect the kurds from extermination.
that's a common myth among others and the bush regime would like you to believe that its because of saddam, but the fact is that the sanctions have actually strengthened saddams control on the country by forcing people to rely on him for food and medicine.
why don't we let the people have common medical supplies?
why do we limit things like eggs and pencils? why are so many dieing of malnutrition? some say its being captured by saddam and the black market.. sure Some is but the fact remains that there never has been enough common aid to stop a tremendous devastation of the iraqi people. this kind of blockage can be considered a siege mentality where the entire country is treated as an enemy.. this is just one of the Crimes against humanity that Bush I, Clinton, and now Bush II has been perpetrating on the Iraqi's thus the flag is burned in many countries in response.. NOT BECAUSE of so many other reasons people spout.
the sanctions have failed in almost every respect that was intended, why? have our administrations just been incredibly stupid? many see it as down right evil, i'm still not positive what was intended :/
one of the more stripped down descriptions of the sanctions can be found at...www.globalpolicy.org
The UN Security Council imposed comprehensive economic sanctions against Iraq on August 6, 1990, just four days after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. When the coalition war had ousted Iraq from Kuwait the following year, the Council did not lift the sanctions, keeping them in place as leverage to press for Iraqi disarmament, return of prisoners of war and other goals. The sanctions have remained in place ever since. The US and UK governments made it clear early on that they would block any lifting of sanctions as long as Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein remains in power. Though the international community increasingly criticized the sanctions because of their harsh impact on innocent Iraqi civilians and their lack of pressure on Hussein, the US and the UK have blocked many proposed reforms. A UN “Oil-for-Food Program,” started in late 1997, has offered some relief to Iraqis, but the humanitarian crisis continues. Several UN Secretary Generals have criticized the sanctions as a "blunt instrument" and UN agencies such as UNICEF have documented the heavy human cost, especially for children. This section covers a wide range of sanction issues, including the humanitarian impact and the Oil-for-Food Programme
a description i find more revealing is at:
On Thursday, August 12, UNICEF released a report detailing a two-fold increase for infant and child mortality in Iraq over the past decade. This adds to a litany of reports that have been released during this period detailing the dire health situation in Iraq. It is with these reports that a growing international anti-sanctions movement has demonstrated that the U.S.-led UN sanctions have caused massive destruction throughout Iraq--that they are, in fact, a weapon of mass destruction.
In the past nine years, over 1.7 million people in Iraq have died as a direct result of the sanctions. 250 die each day. Every child in Iraq suffers from some degree of malnutrition. A simple cut can lead to death because of contaminated water and lack of even the most basic medicine.
For the past nine years, it is the U.S. that has led the effort to continue the UN-imposed sanctions. This is not headline news. But this UNICEF report has been. Why is that? ...
just one of the many reasons my flag is upside down