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[casi] effects of turning off the oil tap

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
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

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