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Washington Post Editorial Question

Dear Friends:

In response to the Washington Post editorial of a couple of days ago, the
Iraqi Sanctions Monitor (also posted here) made the following reply:

ISM comment: "Iraqi competence" may be a factor but most commentators note
the power cuts, underdeveloped roads, lack of refrigeration facilities and
permeable northern border which also explain mortality rate differences. It
is interesting that the WP values the NY-based Sevan rather than von
Sponeck, Burghardt or Halliday. Similarly that the WP notes the trade vetoed
by the US is described as "some oil and electricity spares" but not the
hundreds of other goods, industrial and otherwise, that Washington blocks,
(see, for example, Mariam Appeal website, or Geoff Simons, The Scourging of
Iraq) including insulin, pencils, water-purification materials, shrouds,
childrens clothes. As for weapons of mass destruction, now that the Israeli
Knesset has discussed its 200-300 nuclear warheads, perhaps Washington will
embargo Israel until it finally allows international observers to Dimona,
Kfar Zechariah and Yodfat?

The site mentioned lists a number of those items (insulin, etc.) that were
vetoed. But the last such veto was taken more than six years ago. I just
want a third party to confirm that similar vetoing was still going on after
that time. Your answer (preferably referring to a document available on the
net) would be very useful if one were to write a letter-to-editor.

Thank you.


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