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Dear Friends, My thanks to the Clements and to Bruderhof for their courage and for their gallant stand towards our beloved Iraq. Ibrahim Ebeid http://www.al-moharer.com.au/mohhtm/bruderhof1103.htm An Interview With Krista and Mark of Bruderhof: The Deadly Embargo Krista and Mark Clement of Bruderhof are working for peace and justice in the US and around the world. They are active in opposing racism and injustice, the death penalty, US sanctions in Iraq and Cuba, and all forms of capitalistic imperialism. They are very active in resisting the genocidal sanctions which imposed unjustly upon Iraq and its people. They participated with other members and other organizations in taking medicine to the children of Iraq thus challenging the US tyrannical rules and risking jail because they believe, the price is worth it, to save a child. Al-Moharer has the honour to introduce to its readers the following interview With Krista and Mark Clement. The Unjust Deadly Embargo Al-Moharer: Krista, as an American mother who is witnessing the results of the genocidal sanctions and its effect on the Iraqi children, What would you like to tell the American people and what would you like them to do ? Krista: I would tell them that the suffering and anguish of the Iraqi mothers cannot be described with words. They must go there themselves. And I would tell the American people that their government has deceived them and lied to them about Iraq. The oil for food program is a farce and does not provide the Iraqis with what they need to survive. We destroyed the infrastructure of Iraq with our criminal bombing in 1991 and now we refuse to allow the Iraqis to acquire what they need to rebuild their sanitation and electrical equipment by claiming that this equipment would have a dual purpose. At the same time we take a large portion of the oil for food money from Iraq and use it to pay reparations to Kuwait and other nations for damage sustained during the Gulf War. Prior to the sanctions Iraq had free medical care and education for all. This has never been the case in the US and our medical and educational systems are a shambles today. Yet we blame the Iraqi Government for the suffering of the Iraqi people when in reality it is our sanctions that prevent them from providing the people with what they had before the sanctions. I would urge Americans to go to Iraq and see for themselves what is happening. I would ask them to meet the Iraqi people as fellow human beings and look into their eyes and ask them for forgiveness for the suffering our government has inflicted upon them. I would ask them to go to the graves of Iraqi children with the parents of those children and grieve with them for their child that we killed with our brutal policies. Al-Moharer: Krista, can you tell us about the agony and feelings of the mothers of the Iraqi children that you met in the hospitals? Krista: It is not possible to convey the agony of the mothers of Iraqi children as they helplessly watch their children die. I have five children of my own and they have had their share of sickness and injuries. But each time we were able to get excellent medical care and my fear and anxiety for them was quickly laid to rest as the doctors dealt with their problems. I cannot truly imagine what agony it must be for a mother to watch her child die a slow and agonizing death with no medical help available. Even pain medication is in very short supply because of the sanctions. Imagine watching one's own child in agony day after day because of the policy of a foreign government. As one stands beside the bed of a dying Iraqi child one realizes that again a slaughter of the innocents is taking place. This pain and suffering is written on the faces of the mothers and I could only stand by them and try to comfort them. Their courage and spiritual strength impressed me deeply. Their faith sustains them in their anguish and they forgive me, an American, believing the American government, and not the people, is responsible for what our country has done to them. Al-Moharer: What would you, like to tell Hillary Clinton who is known for her concern about the state of children in the United States and abroad, but she ignores the Iraqi children? Krista: I would ask Hillary Clinton if she truly believes that an Iraqi child is of less value in the eyes of God than a child born in the United States. I would ask her if she believes that children should be slaughtered on the alter of her husband's foreign policy just because he does not want to admit that sanctions are a failed and bankrupt attempt by his government to control the oil in the Middle East. I would tell her that if she truly cares about children she would go to Iraq and see for herself what our policies are doing to the children and mothers of Iraq. If she truly does have a heart for children she would then come home and plead with her husband on behalf of these children. Al-Moharer: What would you like to tell the Secretary of State who said the "price is worth it" about the Iraqi children? Krista: I believe that these words from Madeline Albright are among the most shocking, cruel and heartless ever uttered in the history of the world. And they came from the mouth of a mother. I would ask Madeline Albright if she believes in God. I would also tell her that I stood beside a weeping young mother as she helplessly watched her child dying, the third child she has lost to the sanctions. I would ask Madeline Albright, who has three daughters of her own, if she would be willing to meet this mother, look into her eyes and tell her that her children were dispensable and worth the price. Mark Clement Al-Moharer: Can you inform our readers about the type of work that you and your Organization Bruderhof are doing in helping Iraq and its people to break the unjust embargo ? Mark: We have sent six delegations to Iraq with two of our sisters scheduled to go to Iraq on March 12 on board the jet that George Galloway has chartered to fly from London to Baghdad with a load of medicines. Our delegations have taken extensive video footage of the suffering of the children and mothers and have used this footage to produce a short and powerful documentary called "Worth the Price?". We have distributed this across the United States and around the world in the hope that it will change people's hearts and turn them against the sanctions. Our delegation in February, 1999 cleaned the Leukemia ward of the Saddam Hussein Pediatric Hospital and afterwards produced a small booklet, Tears of the Heart, that depicts the suffering of some of the children who lay dying in the wards while we were cleaning. These items are available for use in working against the sanctions. Al-Moharer: Also can you provide our readers with the addresses of the organization in the United States and in Europe ? Mak: I would suggest contacting us through my e-mail: mclement@Bruderhof.com Al-Moharer: Did you notice any worsening in the state of health and medical services between your visits ? Mark: It is not possible to quantify the change in conditions, but I had the strong impression that conditions had worsened during the eight months between my visits. Al-Moharer: As a father, did you feel the agony of the Iraqi fathers who lost their children to the sanctions, or of those who cannot provide their children with necessary nourishment to help them grow healthy and toys to keep them happy ? Mark: Yes, I felt the agony of the fathers. I have met many fathers in Iraq who have lost their children to the sanctions. It is heartbreaking. Krista and I have five sons and they have each been sick or injured in accidents. Had they contracted their illnesses or sustained their injuries in Iraq during the period of the sanctions they would almost certainly no longer be alive. This would be a very hard thing for me and my wife to carry. Our children have been able to get a good education and have had what is needed for proper physical, emotional and educational growth. This is being denied millions of children in Iraq because of the sanctions. For the parents this is a great need. This is a crime against humanity and will have results that last for generations. Al-Moharer: Did the resignation of the Humanitarian Workers in Iraq tell a message? Mark: The resignation of the Humanitarian workers underlines what was already known - Security Council Resolution 1284 is a smoke screen behind which the United States wants to continue the sanctions. It is a grossly unfair and deceitful resolution. Hans von Sponeck and Jutta Burghardt have recognized the fact that with this resolution the United States has made it virtually impossible for the sanctions to be lifted. Iraq has every right to refuse the resolution. Al-Moharer: .... and what would you like the presidential candidates to know ? Mark: I would tell the presidential candidates that the sanctions have already created a legacy of justified hatred and mistrust in the Arab world towards the United States government that will last for generations. If they are truly concerned about the wellbeing of the United States and the world their first act as US President would be to call on the UN Security Council to revoke the sanctions. Their second act would be to call on Congress to appropriate however many billions of dollars would be required to help Iraq rebuild its infrastructure and to make reparations for the damage we have done to their country, including the Depleted Uranium pollution. __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Talk to your friends online with Yahoo! Messenger. http://im.yahoo.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi