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Re: Research

If she hasn't already done so, Ruth might also like to take a look at Human
Rights Watch's 1991 report 'Needless Deaths in the Gulf War' along with
Norman Finkelstein's critique 'Watching Rights, Wrongly' (reprinted in his
book 'The Rise and Fall of Palestine').

Best wishes,

voices in the wilderness uk

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From: Colin Rowat <>
To: <>
Date: 17 August 2001 21:25
Subject: RE: Research

>Hi Ruth,
>There are a couple of sources that I could recommend.  First, the Sadruddin
>Aga Khan report (also available on CASI's website) is a more detailed
>than the Ahtisaari report.  It also dates to 1991.  There are also a
>of early UN agencies reports, principally (I think) from the Food and
>Agriculture Organisation.  In general, though, the UN has not attempted to
>assess the impact of its more powerful member states' bombing of Iraq.
>In 1991 an independent group of researchers went to Iraq to assess the
>immediate post-war environment.  The medical team published their results
>the New England Journal of Medicine (I think: I'm not online - this should
>be listed on the CASI website).  This did attempt to document the effects
>the bombing on public health facilities.
>The US government will also have performed bombing assessments.  I have not
>seen any of these, so don't know to what extent they are in the public
>domain.  Freedman and Karsh's book on the Gulf War (The Gulf Conflict,
>1990-1991, Princeton University Press) refers to a US casualty assessment
>towards its end.  I don't know whether that assessment was part of a larger
>Jorden and Traynor's (I may be misspelling these) The General's War goes
>into some detail on the strategy of the air war.  The initial planners had
>view that wars are about forcing one's opponent to comply with one's
>One does that by exerting pressure on one's opponent.  Thus, the targets
>that one attacks are selected on the basis of their ability to exert this
>pressure.  The planners, then, believed that by attacking, for example,
>infrastructure, they demonstrated to the Iraqi people that their government
>could no longer protect them.  This, they thought, would threaten the
>government's legitimacy, exerting pressure on it.  There are also remarks
>the effect that these planners knew that destroying infrastructure would
>give "the international community" leverage over a post-war Iraqi
>I hope that this helps somewhat.
>Best wishes, and do let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
>Colin Rowat
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>> I am a Masters student at the University of Bristol reading International
>> Relations.  I am currently researching the allied bombing campaign of
>> during the Gulf War (operation Desert Storm), and assessing its impact
>> upon the economic infrastructure of Iraq.
>> From the UN OIP website I have managed to get hold of the reports of the
>> UN Secretary General that discuss the humanitarian situation in Iraq,
>> 1997 onwards.  However, I would like to have a look at any other UN
>> assessments of the humanitarian situation between 1991 and 1997.  If
>> anyone can tell me how to locate these, I would be very grateful.  (I do
>> have the Ahtisaari report from 1991).
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