The following is an archived copy of a message sent to a Discussion List run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.

Views expressed in this archived message are those of the author, not of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq.

[Main archive index/search] [List information] [Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq Homepage]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Iraq

hi everyone,

> It is perfectly clear that there is a degree of hypocrisy about the US's
> stance (after all, there was no such enthusiasm for getting embroiled in
> Bosnia) but I would ask people what the alternative is to sanctions or
> military action.  If we do not want either, then how are we to force
> Saddam to comply with United Nations resolutions?
> Iraq may possess weapons of mass destruction capable of causing vast
> suffering to the people of Israel and other countries in the area.  

hypocrisy is indeed the issue here.
the problem many people, and especially arabs have with the concept of "we
have to take military action to make iraq comly to the un resolutions to
secure stability in the area" is that noone pays any attention to UN
reesolutions at all when israel is concerned. 
israel (possessing nuclear weapons "of mass destruction") has declared
openly that whatever stand the UN takes they will go on with eg their
settlement policy, ie they don't respect UN decisions.
the situation is of course completely different, but one wonders what
factors determine when the compliance to UN resolutions is deemed vital
for the future of the "free world" and when it isn't - ie noone would ever
dream of even introducing slight economic sanctions against israel. or
turkey for that matter who don't treat their kurds that much better than
saddam hussein does...

which brings me to a question which is slightly "off-topic": iraq got most
of its weapons from "us", many of the suppied during the iran iraq war.
now, does anyone know whether there were certain conditions attached to
receiving those weapons (eg only shoot iranians but not kurds)? this might
sound extreemly silly, but i know for a fact that germany exports tanks to
turkey, with turkey's promis that they wont use them against the kurds
(which is always a great source of embarassment when some stupid
journalist films german tanks in the process of shooting at kurds...)


[Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq Homepage]