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Blame: 1) Targeted infrastructure, 2) OFF revenue caps, 3) Contractual holds

It is today extremely rare for U.S./UK officials to argue against the
seriousness of Iraq's humanitarian situation.  Nowadays, the issue on the
table is blame.  Is this disaster a consequence of the sanctions, or of
Saddam's manipulation of same?

Dr. Peter Pellet sees a simple dichotomy.  "The main question of the
sanctions is: Are we actually aiming at the regime while suffering
unfortunate collateral damage in the form of civilian casualties?  Or are we
specifically aiming at the civilian population to put pressure on the
regime? The latter is not an acceptable policy."   Essayist James Carroll is
more blunt.  Targeting civilians to pressure Saddam's regime is, he writes,
the moral equivalent of No Gun Ri: "the strategy of shooting through the
innocent, as if babies were bits of foliage".  

Here's an initial list of the mechanisms by which the West specifically
pressured Iraqi civilians: 
1) Targeting of civilian infrastructure during the Gulf War;
2) Deliberate underfunding of oil-for-food (revenue caps lasted until 12/99)
; and 
3) Destructive manipulation of OFF logistics via Committee 661 bureaucracy
and contractual holds.

Any suggestions?/additions?

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