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For Amnesty members on this list

Hello. Glenn here.

This month's Amnesty magazine (March/April) has a letter concerning
sanctions that some of you may like to reply to. It follows an article a few
months ago reviewing Anthony Arnove's book and a follow up letter
highlighting the suffering caused by sanctions.

Replies to

They ask that you keep letters to under 150 words (!) and include an address
and telephone no. (the letter we're replying to is 200 words).

I have sent a reply, but due to lack of space neglected the bit on the end
about 30 years of South Africa sanctions.

Here's the text:


"It is good that AI is revieing its position on economic sanctions. However,
your article (AMNESTY November) and subsequent letter were both one-sided.
It is true that one consequence of sanctions is that food and medical
supplies are scarce. But remember, Iraq has denied its people the food and
medical supplies which may be purchased under the 'food for oil'
arrangements largely so it can be seen as a martyr.

"Opponents of sanctions have yet to voice a coherent argument for what
should replace them. The nations clamouring for the removal of sanctions
tend to have a vested interest. Russian and French weapons are both in the
Iraq arsenal and unquestionably will be in the future.

"Iraq has used chemical weapons against its own people and remains
belligerent and bellicose towrds its neighbours. Most of the bombing took
place in the north in support of  the Kurdish minority. Iraq is also
destroying the Marsh arabs in the south. How will it behave if it 'wins' the
sanctions issue?

"People do suffer through sanctions. But sustained sanctions can change
much. It took 30 years to pull the old South African regime around, but most
modern historians believe sanctions was primary [sic] engine of that


Another 20 years of Iraq sanctions anyone?



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