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This letter was published in New Zealand DominionPost Dec. 28, 2002. under the heading, "US Guilty of Terrible Crimes". Consider - the 1991 US destruction of Iraq's infrastructure, coupled with the sanctions has accounted for the loss of over a million and a half, mostly young, Iraqi lives (UNESCO figures). Consider - as of late last year the US had blocked the supply of $25 million worth of Iraq's contracts for hospital essentials - sterilisers, oxygen plants and spare parts for essential equipment that UNMOVIC had declared to be of no risk. Consider also - in June of last year, when negotiating for sanctions changes, the US announced it would lift holds on $800 million of contracts, of which $200 million involved business with key Security Council members. They lifted $80 million of Chinese contracts they'd previously put on hold and China agreed to the US proposals. Russia vetoed them, and immediately the US put on hold nearly every contract that Iraq had with Russian companies. There are children lying in Iraqi cancer wards with no cure available, mainly because the sanctions are continuously being manipulated by the US for political gain. Forget about the "weapons of mass destruction" jingoism, let the inspectors take care of that. Remember that the US has committed terrible crimes against humanity in Iraq, and that the stated goal is control of Middle East oil. Sincerely, Tony Maturin, 4 Hoggard St., Wellington 6002. NZ Ph. 389-4715. _______________________________________________ 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