Monday, June 20, 2005

looking backwards

A chronology..... of sorts....check it yourself and see...

1) 8/6/00
Whatever the policy, the United States has made it clear it cares little about the suffering of innocent Iraqis, who live -- and die -- with inadequate diets, unclean water that spreads disease and barely functioning medical facilities.
From the point of view of creating and maintaining real peace, U.S. policy is a failure.
Former U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter -- hardly an ally of the Iraqis -- has called for lifting the sanctions, saying that Iraq is qualitatively disarmed (meaning that the capability to produce or use weapons of mass destruction has been eliminated). But U.S. insistence on quantitative disarmament (accounting for every last weapon or related material) ensures there will be no constructive change.
The sanctions also have done nothing to advance democracy in Iraq. Living on the edge of survival, the Iraqi people have few resources for pressing political change. As Denis Halliday, the former U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, notes, ``Sanctions will not change governance to democracy. Sanctions encourage isolation, alienation and possibly fanaticism.''


3/4/00
Squeezed to death
Half a million children have died in Iraq since UN sanctions were imposed - most enthusiastically by Britain and the US. Three UN officials have resigned in despair. Meanwhile, bombing of Iraq continues almost daily. John Pilger investigates.

2001 — September 11
terrorist attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon. U.S. government declares perpetual “war on terrorism” and begins indefinite campaign to restrict rights and freedoms of the American people. NATO is reinvigorated, military spending soars, and military-industrial complex expands, all for the indefinite future.

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