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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] Dear Daniel and List, >My question to the list: is this a one-off atrocity, or is cutting off water supplies to civilians a standard part of US tactics?< I believe everyone knows that starvation and the cutting off water supplies to civilians has been a standard tactic of the US since 1991. Nothing has changed since. Even before the 1991 attacks, the US had planned to attack water installations and plants (and had plans for destroying dams), knowing their devastating effects on the civilians. In 1991, the US intentionally destroyed water purification plants and sewage treatment plants, knowing that it was hurting the civilian population. That in addition to the fact that these attacks were violations of the Geneva Conventions. Iraq was prevented from repairing these installations, and sale of Chlorine was prohibited, forcing Iraqis to drink polluted water, which resulted in serious diseases and deaths especially of the children. The same pattern was repeated in 2003, when vital installations were also targeted. In the siege of Fallujah last April, water was cut off as well as electricity (which wasn’t working well in the first place). For almost a month, civilians were subjected to this genocidal treatment. Medicine supplies were scarce and passage to Fallujah was prohibited. US soldiers attacked Abu Hanifa mosque and destroyed food and medicine supplies that were collected to be sent to Fallujah. Even burials were prohibited in the cemetery, and people had to bury their dead in the grounds of the small sports stadium. The same thing happened in Najaf and in al-Sadr city. This atrocity seems to have become the norm in punishing “disobedient” Iraqis.. HZ _______________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Declare Yourself - Register online to vote today! http://vote.yahoo.com _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk