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Labour party policy unit briefing on air strikes

This is some propaganda that was passed on to me (I don't believe a word of 

Air strikes on Iraqi military installations by British and
American pilots on Friday 16 February 2001

Briefing from the Labour party policy unit

Labour is committed to containing the threat posed by Saddam Hussein to 
regional security.  The recent military action conducted by British and 
American pilots was a limited operation with the sole purpose of defending 
pilots and aircrew who patrol the No-Fly Zones.  It is the Government's 
duty to ensure that our pilots can protect themselves while protecting 
others, and came in response to Iraq's escalating provocation, which has 
seen Saddam launch more attacks on allied aircraft this January 2001 than 
in the whole of last year.

No-Fly Zones were established in April 1991 (north Iraq) and August 1992 
(south), in support of UN Security Resolution 688, which demanded an end to 
Saddam Hussein's repression of his own people.  The no-fly zones have 
served a vital humanitarian purpose in limiting Saddam's ability to repress 
the Shia people in the south and the Iraqi Kurds in the north against whom 
Saddam Hussein used ehcmical weapons killing 5,000 people in Halabja in 1988.

Without the no-fly zones Saddam would be free to use aircraft and 
helicopter gunships to carry out further human rights abuses against his 
own people.  The patrols are justified in international law as a legitimate 
response to prevent a grave humanitarian crisis.

Iraq's people are suffering because Saddam Hussein will not co-operative 
with the United Nations.  The UN arms control body UNSCOM has stated that 
serious questions remain about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction 
arsenal.  These weapons have potentially horrific capabilities which 
threaten the security of the entire region.

To lift sanctions without Iraqi compliance would undermine the UN's 
authority, the implications of which would be a profound blow to the United 
Nations.  Nor would it offer any assurance that Saddam Hussein's regime 
would improve the condition of the Iraqi people.  Instead it would leave 
the Iraqi regime free to replenish its stock of chemical and biological 
weapons and redevelop its nuclear capability.  It would leave Iraq's 
neighbours, and the Kurds and the Shia, open to renewed attack.

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