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Re: Observer: UK acts to boost oil-for-food relief to Iraq

> Britain is also proposing stimulating the Iraqi agricultural sector by
> allowing money generated from oil to be spent on local produce, rather
> than imported food.

If I remember rightly, one of the reasons given by the government for
continuing sanctions recently was that Iraq was actually exporting food,
suggesting that all of the country's problems were therefore the fault of
big bad Saddam.  This little snippet demonstrates the absurdity of these
claims; if Iraq isn't allowed to spend the revenue it gains from selling
oil, its only major source of funds, on domestic produce, it is no surprise
if some of it is being exported.  Ho-hum.

Joe Perkins              E-mail:
Balliol College,              Tel: (01865) 281971
Oxford OX1 3BJ

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