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A shortened version of this rant appears in today's Daily Expres(18th June) under heading: "UN is stressed? Try living in Iraq', best felicity a. The Editor, The Express. Dear Sir, So the UN fiddles whilst Iraq burns ('British diplomats face the music at UN talks', 14th June.) To relieve stress and bring harmony¹ prior to discussing sanctions against Iraq, British diplomat Carne Ross suggested songs from delegates country¹s to lighten the atmosphere¹ prior to meetings. British antics re Iraq and a morally bancrupt U.N. have truly reached an all time low. As one who has been involved in two documentaries on the embargo and who has written hundreds of articles on the effects, I am in a position to tell Mr Ross a little about stress. Stress is being one of the estimated average of six thousand Iraqi parents a month who stand helplessly by the bedside of a sick child and watch him or her die, for want of often the simplest medication due to the direct impact of the embargo. Stress is the toweringly dedicated and professional paediatrician, who greeted me at the entrance to her formerly flagship hospital in November 99 and said with tears in her eyes: You remember those children you wrote about in June? Well I am sorry, all of them have died.¹ They included seventeen babies in the premature baby unit without even oxygen. Stress is the midwife who delivers a baby with no eyes, or no head, no arms, no legs - no brain - an ongoing occurance linked to the depleted uranium weapons used in the Gulf war by the US and UK. Stress is telling the mother. Stress is being operated on without anaesthetic because the UN Sanctions Committee (in the guise of the UK or US) has blocked its delivery having decided it is not purely medicinal, but dual use¹: ie might be used for another purpose. Stress is taking your children to the orphanage because you can no longer afford to feed them - and your pets to the zoo for the same reason and swearing to collect them when the embargo is over.¹ Prior to the embargo Iraq¹s population had access to 93% high quality health care, the same to clean water and an exemplory educational system (UN figures.) The state of Iraq¹s child population now rates lower than Eritrea. Former Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday, who resigned in disgust as UN Co-ordinator in Iraq is correct when he says: History will slaughter those responsible.¹ That includes the appalling Mr Ross. The sooner he is consigned to diplomatic oblivion the better - he could use his new found spare time in going to Iraq and experiencing real stress first hand. Yours faithfully, Felicity Arbuthnot (Ms.) -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk