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Dear CASI members, I have to agree with hoggard when he comments on human rights violations in Iraq saying: "we should do all in our power to stop violations of this kind". I would be interested to know what did he do trying to stop these violations when he was in Iraq "speaking to anyone he wanted to" over there. Or was he concentrating on "bad points" of the sanctions system, "terrible though they are"? I was in Iraq prior to the Coalition attacks of 1991 and I wasn't able to notice any "heavy investment in social programs"!! They needed to be much heavier for ordinary Iraqis to notice them, especially when they were "distracted" by arbitrary detentions and mass executions. I don't know what social programs hoggard was refering to! Was it the social program of Halabja? (4000 killed in hours) Or the social program of Dujeil (whole town literally wiped out in one day)? If he meant these ones, yeah.. there were "heavy social programs" prior to 1991. And the government is doing a "quite remarkable job" maintaining them. 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