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Hi all, This is the first time I send something to this list. I apologize because my English is not as good as yours. This is due to the fact that I only left Iraq a couple of years ago. Turning off the oil tap has been used by Iraq for many times when a discussion about Iraq in UN is about to take place. The oil market seems to have got used to it and oil prices started to go down from yesterday. It has nothing to do with the issue of Palestine .Saddam said that he is going to stop exporting oil for one month, the UN will start discussions about Iraq in May, is this a coincidence? You might think that such tactics would be used wisely and in a way that shocks the market, not almost periodically every six months ending with a silent return to normal production. It is only people who understand Saddam and his Bedouin values wouldn't be surprised by such useless moves. I have no problem with Bedouins and their life style, but applying their values to international relations would produce disasters, and Iraq is the best example. One might say, what has this got to do with sanctions? Well, it has got a lot to do with the suffering of Iraqis. The only effect of Saddam's decision to stop oil production is that their will be no money to buy food and medicine for Iraqis during the next month. After all, oil smuggling continues through Turkey, Syria, and Iran. The life style of Saddam and his aids will not be affected. They will still buy the best food and clothes, have the latest car models, and nowadays, it seems that they are getting good computers and Internet connection. Any one that goes to Iraq knows very well that the sanctions seem to be very selective in its effects. Sent by Mail at easy.com, an easyGroup company. _______________________________________________ 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