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The Years 1991-1995, the Refusal of Arab Aid, and Delays Ordering Protein Biscuits

> Does anyone have information which rebuts the following arguments for
> Saddam's complicity in the humanitarian disaster:
> (1) Saddam refused oil-for-food for five years
> (2) Saddam has recently refused Arab aid
> (3) Iraqi administrators have consistently delayed ordering protein
> biscuits permitted under oil-for-food
> Believe the issue with (1) had to do with Iraqi sovereignty and the
> relatively small amounts being tendered.  (A collection of communications
> between the UN and Iraq for the period 1990-1996 is available as a UN
> 'Blue Book'; perhaps this would be helpful?)
> Apparently, (2) stems chiefly from a Barbara Crossette article in the
> NYTimes, which contained the assertion but few details.
> In the overall scheme of things, (3) is a relatively minor issue.
> However, it remains a sore point among OIP administrators and receives
> coverage as a result.
> Any information would be sincerely appreciated.
> Regards,
> Drew Hamre
Minneapolis, MN USA

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