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Re: [iac-disc.] Encouragingarticle about Iraq Sanctions

> This may be more diplomatic flim-flam. The U.S. and U.K. know they are
> isolated and may be trying to diffuse the international anger by
> making some token changes which leave the blockade intact

My suspicion is that a shift towards more 'targeted' sanctions has been
coming for a long time. Probably delayed a bit by the bombing. I'm writing
an analysis and hope to circulate it tomorrow or the day after.

> Also notice the article atributes the 1 million figure to "Saddam"
> and not the U.N.

I'm not aware of any UN agency or official having estimated a cumulative
death toll due to sanctions.

UNICEF's estimate of 500,000 children under the age of five 1990-1998 was
clearly and explicitly NOT all attributed to economic sanctions. Sanctions
were 'a factor' but not the only factor identified.

The one million figure has been around for a long time, but apart from Iraqi
government estimates I don't know of any source.

When we have got a source, we should quote it, and we should treat the
source fairly (as in the case of UNICEF). Hence the wording of the
Constituency/National Petition - 'According to UNICEF, economic sanctions
have contributed to the death of 500,000 children in Iraq since 1990.'



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