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Dear all Have just sent this response to the Guardian about Martin Woolacott's article. All the best Mark Dear Sir I should like to address directly several innaccuracies and "sins of omission" made in Martin Woolacott's article. 1. If as was claimed, the initiative for air strikes on Baghdad does not lie with Washington, where does it lie: it cannot lie with the UN after the widespread international condemnation of the latest round of attacks, and even the staunchest Briish patriot cannot believe it lies with London! 2. The claim that sanctions have been run down but Iraqis still suffer is made without an offer of evidence. It also does not follow that noraml Iraqi's living standards would instantly return to normal, and that they haven't is entirely Saddam's fault: the author dangerously underestimates the effect of sanctions that block not only short-term assets such as food and medical supplies, but items desperately needed by Iraq to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed in the Gulf War; so called "dual use" items that have been blocked include medical text books, and vital parts for electricity, telecommunications and water and sanitation systems. 3. The claim that no-fly zones exist to protect Kurds and Kuwaitis is highly debatable. Take, for example, US Abmassador to Iraq April Glaspie's virtual green light to Saddam Hussein, one week before the invasion of Kuwait: "We have no opinion on Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait." Also, as Sarah Graham-Brown has noted, the US has failed to chllenge Turkey's incursions into northern Iraq in its war with the Kurds, which often lead to civilian deaths. Are we really to believe US intentions in maintaining no-fly zones are benign? 4. If we believe Saddam Hussein to not care for his population, is it right to place the responsibility for aid reaching Iraqi civilians solely in his hands, which is what sanctions have effectively achieved? Yours faithfully Mark Sinjakli Almeria, Spain The views above are my own and do not necessarily concur with other members of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq (CASI). ===== Mark Al-Sinjakli email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com ____________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free @yahoo.co.uk address at http://mail.yahoo.co.uk or your free @yahoo.ie address at http://mail.yahoo.ie -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk