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>I think the proposed plan that Iraq and possibly Iran, could "turn off the oil tap" to the US (which now receives 15% of its oil from Iraq)as a form of protest against Israel, should be discussed by this email list. Given that Japan is 75% dependent on Gulf oil, Japan could step in as a major recipient of Iraqi oil, Philippa Winkler ===== Original Message From nermin <email@example.com> ===== >Hi Lisa, >Thinking that Colin made it very clear to you, I want to say that Israel >could not continue as a (state) without USA aids: which increase year after >year. Billions of USA money to refresh Zionist economic and billions as >different kinds of weapons to kill Palestinians. We are sure that Zionist >entity is a terrorist state, so, why USA gives it self the right to help >the terrorists while accuses Iraq that helps people who struggle to liberate >their occupied country? It is time to know who is the terrorist. It is time >to say enough to (Israel) and USA. Let us think in the way helping >Palestinians who are under siege since a week and Zionists are slaughtering >them. This is the issue now. >Nermin Al-Mufti, Baghdad > >----- Original Message ----- >From: "Colin Rowat" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: <email@example.com> >Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 10:11 PM >Subject: RE: [casi] accusation that Iraq gives remuneration to suicide >bombers' families > > >> > A few days ago I saw Wesley Clark, former high ranking >> > military officer, now correspondent for either CNN, >> > MSNBC, or Fox (I think the former) make the comment >> > that Palestinian suicide bombers' families are given >> > monetary compensation from Iraq. This was an >> > accusation I'd never heard before. >> > >> > With NO interest in being a Saddam apologist, I do >> > want to keep my facts correct. Can anyone comment on >> > this? >> >> Hi Lisa, >> >> The claim is generally correct, but is presented in what is likely a >> deliberately misleading fashion. In fact, the Iraqi government claims to >> pay the families of all Palestinians killed in the intifada, the vast >> majority of whom are not suicide bombers. Lesser sums are paid to >> Palestinians wounded and to those who've had their houses demolished by >the >> Israeli army. >> >> US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who has also made this claim >recently, >> cited various figures on April 1, in separate statements. At a press >> briefing (http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Apr2002/t04012002_t0401sd.html), >> he explained: >> >> "Well, as I'm sure you've read, the Iraqis, Saddam Hussein, have announced >> that they're offering stipends to families of people -- of suicide >bombers. >> They've decided that that's a good thing to do, so they're running around >> encouraging people to be suicide bombers and offering -- I think I saw >> something like $10,000 per family." >> >> An American Forces Press Service story that same day >> (http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Apr2002/n04012002_200204011.html) gave a >> slightly different figure: >> >> " 'I think the world ought to know that Saddam Hussein's idea of having a >> nice day is offering $10-, $20- or $30,000 ... to families who talk their >> children into going out and blowing up a restaurant in Tel Aviv or >> Jerusalem,' he said." >> >> Rumsfeld's confusion over the figures may stem from the Iraqi government's >> decision to increase the payments from $10,000 to $25,000 last month. >I've >> attached below the Reuters story reporting this. It explains that the >Iraqi >> government has been involved in payments like this since the start of the >> second intifada. This has probably increased its standing in parts of the >> Arab world: while other Arab leaders are perceived as talking, Saddam is >> seen to be taking action. >> >> One of the ironies of this policy is that both the Iraqi and the US >> governments are publicising it. A lesser one is that the Iraqi government >> is making payments in US dollars, and not in euros. (It protested loudly >to >> gain the right to sell its oil in euros instead of in the currency of the >> oppressor.) >> >> Colin Rowat >> >> work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | >> Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | web.bham.ac.uk/c.rowat | (+44/0) 121 414 3754 | >> (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org >> >> personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | >> (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | email@example.com >> >> Iraq raises aid to Palestinian uprising victims. >> >> BAGHDAD, March 11 (Reuters) - Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said >> Iraq would grant $25,000 in cash to the family of each Palestinian killed >in >> clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank and Gaza. >> >> "President Saddam Hussein has recently told head of the Palestinian >> political office Farouq al-Kaddoumi his decision to raise the sum granted >to >> each family of the martyrs of the Palestinian uprising to $25,000 instead >of >> $10,000," Aziz said. >> >> "It is a very simple contribution, which we consider as a modest one due >to >> the circumstances of the sanctions," Aziz told Arab politicians and >> representatives of non-governmental organisations late on Sunday. >> >> Iraq also grants $1,000 to each Palestinian wounded in the uprising and >> $5,000 to Palestinians whose homes were demolished by Israeli forces, he >> added. >> >> In December 2000, Iraq pledged to allocate one billion euros ($930 >million) >> of its oil-for-food deal with the United Nations to buy food and medicine >> for the Palestinians and help the families of people killed or wounded in >> the uprising, but the United Nations did not approve the pledge. >> >> Sanctions were imposed on Iraq in August 1990 as punishment for its 1990 >> invasion of Kuwait, which ended when a U.S.-led international alliance >> ejected Iraqi troops in 1991. >> >> Iraq fired 39 scud missiles against Israel in the Gulf War and rejects >peace >> talks as a sell-out of the Palestinian cause. >> >> Baghdad has always taken a hard line towards Israel. Saddam said at the >> start of the Palestinian uprising that Iraq was ready "to put an end to >> Zionism" if Arab rulers did not defend the Palestinians against Israel. >> >> At least 1,022 Palestinians and 333 Israelis have been killed since the >> uprising began in September 2000 after peace talks deadlocked. >> >> >> _________________________________________________________ >> Do You Yahoo!? >> Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >> To unsubscribe, visit >http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >> To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org >> All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk >> > > > >_______________________________________________ >Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. >To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss >To contact the list manager, email email@example.com >All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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