AS a routine procedure, the Security Council met,
decided and announced, “Recalling its previous relevant resolutions… as
they relate to the improvement of the humanitarian program for Iraq…” As
if mentioning the magic word (humanitarian) is enough to solve the
humanitarian problems created by the same Security Council
As usual, the Security Council (revises) its
previous resolutions, but continues to intentionally ignore the real
results of the said resolutions.
The double standard, rhetoric and ambiguous
language of the Security Council has been used for more than eleven years
to kill more and more Iraqis. Here in Iraq, they are not mere words or
political maneuvers, but real facts of death, suffering and recession.
Another Security Council resolution was passed
against Iraq. Another political deal was struck among the permanent
members of the Security Council while Iraqi lives are the real price paid
for this deal. And still the Security Council speaks of (humanitarian
needs of Iraqi people). The SC humanitarian words would not bring back the
beloved who died as direct result of UNSC Sanctions, nor ease the
suffering caused by these sanctions.
Among the permanent five at the Security Council,
hidden deals are struck, interests exchanged and the tragedy in Iraq
continues to claim thousands of lives every month.
The preamble of this new resolution says,
“Convinced of the need as a temporary measure to continue to provide for
the civilian needs of the Iraqi people….”. This temporary measure has been
going on for years. The real reason for imposing sanctions is long
forgotten, new demands, new conditions are being created by one or the
other of the five permanent members so as to perpetuate the sanctions
imposed eleven years ago against Iraq, and more than ten years the reasons
If the oil for food deal has created new interests
for some parties, that they are pressuring to prolong this deal
indefinitely, they should reconsider their positions. Participating in the
crime of perpetuating the mass murder of Iraqis in the name of the world
community, they have to think again. The ‘price’ that Mad Albright thinks,
is worth it, is Iraqi lives, mostly children.
Those who participate, directly or indirectly, in
the genocide perpetrated against Iraqis will be sorry for the position
taken. If Iraq has accorded contracts to some, these same contracts could
be withdrawn for the same reasons they were granted. Iraqi lives are not
counted with US dollars of gain but their worth is much higher.