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Indeed, Canada should be working to ease Iraq's anguish and genocidal policies that have befelt the country by will of the world's last super rogue state, the U.S.. It was mainly the U.S., in 1980, that forced the Iraqi leadership, then its good old pal, to enter into a catastrophic war with its Iranian neighbour, in order to defend the frightened Gulf sheiks of possible repercussion from the Shiite revolution. During this conflict, the U.S. did not hesitate to then change sides and arm the opposite country, Iran, in order to create a stalemate which would leave the two coutries (Iran-Iraq) with more than 1 million dead. It was also the U.S. that would promptly defend, at the UN with its veto power, Iraq 's use of never gas against the Kurdish uprising at Halabja, in 1988. And of course, lets not forget the April Glaspie trap setup which mentioned in 1990 the the U.S. did not see fit to interfere with what it considered at the time «other countries internal problems», concerning threats made by Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait. After the U.S. caused so much devastation and death in the region, it is amazing that Canadian editorial writers would still be cheering for the wrong guys on this matter. Especially when all facts point to continued lies and deception on the Iraqi matter by the sole world super rogue state. The IAEC, Scott Ritter, and several specialist have all been on record as saying that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have been eliminated. We cannot say the same of the U.S.' possession of such weapons. The U.S. is, after all, the sole world super rogue state to have used an atomic device on a civilian population in the history of man kind. And it is the U.S. ' Madeleine Allbright who was quoted has saying that the death of 500 000 thousand Iraqi children under the age of 5 was worth the price, as a result of imposed sanctions on the Iraqi population. Wow! Incredible how there is so much love and concern here for human life on the part of the U.S. administration. In light of this, why is Canada acting as U.S.' lap dog and trying to prolong genocidal sanctions against the innocent Iraqi people? Contrary to what the Toronto Star's editorial writers propose, Canada should ask for the end of bombings, the end of sanctions and the end of fraudulent spy filled inspections on Iraq that have gone on for the last ten years and at the human cost of more then 1,2 million Iraqi lives. The UN humanitarian program «oil for food» is simply insufficient to respond to Iraq's most basic and urgent needs. The UN has admitted so itself in its last humanitarian panel report on sanctions. And with present catastrophic economic conditions prevailing in Iraq, due to almost ten years of harsh and sustained genocidal sanctions, the country cannot produce more than 3, 2 billion barils of oil per six months. The Stars solution to allow Iraq to sell about $10 billion worth of oil a year is simply hogwash and science-fiction. If the UNSC is serious about so called threats to world peace of weapons of mass destruction, it should impose the same rigid inspection it has befelt on Iraq for the last ten years to the entire Middle East. But then, where would our sole world super rogue state export its own weapons of mass destruction to? Marc Azar Montréal Québec Canada -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Please do not send emails with attached files to the list *** Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html ***