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I don't agree for a variety of reasons. First of all, the sanctions were imposed because Saddam invaded Kuwait, not because Saddam's WMD arsenal was so threatening that the world had to take measures against them. After the Gulf war, to everyone's surprise, Saddam was still in power. This is the real reason why the sanctions remain in place. If, for whatever reason, the security council would impose sanctions against Cuba, you can bet that the US would resist lifting them until Castro goes. Castro would (and is) blamed for the hardship of the Cuban people. Secondly, imposing sanctions is a form of collective punishment. If one accepts this as reasonable, then one must accept that other countries could blockade their enemies to settle disputes. E.g. China regards Taiwan as rouge province. Most countries agree that Taiwan is part of China. If China would blockade Taiwan to get it back in line, wouldn't the whole world condemn China? Would you accept the Chinese view that the Taiwanese leadership is to blame for the suffering of the Taiwanese people? Saibal ----- Original Message ----- From: Abtehale Al-Hussaini <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: F.Dowker <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 1:11 PM Subject: Re: [casi] Article submitted to ``Eclipse'' the anti-war review > > Dear all > The sanctions that have led to the death of Iraqi people are because of > Saddam. Saddam brought the senctions on to the Iraqi people to further > oppress them . Hence once Saddam is gone there is no possibility of > sanctions because the source of destruction who is Saddam would have > gone. > abtehale > > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > 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 email@example.com > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ 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