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Re: [casi-analysis] water

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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..


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