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***COPY OF LETTER SENT TO OBSERVER*** with thanks to Milan for drawing my attention to the article. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Diarmuid" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Sunday, June 23, 2002 1:32 PM Subject: In reply to John Sweeney > John Sweeney's article in today's Observer (How Saddam 'staged' fake baby > funerals', 23 June 2002) is another broadside against those who believe that > the United States and the United Kingdom should desist from persecuting the > Iraqi people for the crimes of their dictator. > > Sweeney was quick to highlight the shameful abuse of children by the Iraqi > regime, using them as an instrument of torture to force their parents to > confess and, most horrifically, stockpiling their corpses in order to stage > more effective political protests. It should be noted, however, that all of > Sweeney's sources in the article (and in a similar piece on the BBC website) > were all secondhand or third hand sources. > > However, what Sweeney surprisingly failed to address was the cause of so > many infant deaths in Iraq. He touched on the matter when he dismissed out > of hand the findings of UNICEF, implying that these were mere propaganda of > the Iraqi government. This neglects the rigid monitoring process that UNICEF > applied whilst researching its statistics; it ignores the resignation of two > UN Assistant High Commissioners in protest at the genocide being carried out > against the Iraqi people by our country and the US and it rubbishes the > independent conclusions reached by other independent sources such as Save > the Children, Human Rights Watch, Voices in the Wilderness. Sweeney's > decision to shrug off the evidence stacked up against the UK and the US > smacks of the same sort of denial employed by those who would have us > believe the Holocaust never took place. > > The fact remains that infant mortality has increased at a terrifying rate > since the start of the US/UK war against the Iraqi people. Despite Sweeney's > wrongful assertions that these deaths are blamed on the vast amount of > depleted uranium dumped on Iraq, it is a widely known fact that most of the > hundreds of thousands of infant dead were killed by water-borne diseases > such as diarrhoea and cholera. It is also a widely accepted fact that such > preventable diseases has almost disappeared from Iraq pre-war. They have > since been allowed to ravage the Iraqi population due to the Embargo game > played by the UK and the US. > > If Saddam Hussein is to be charged with the cynical manipulation of the > deaths of innocents for political purposes, then he should not be the only > person in the dock. Sweeney would do well to reflect on the old adage > regarding people who live in glass houses and the throwing of stones. > _______________________________________________ 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