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Dear List, Anyone lowering the tone of debate by hurling insults & abuse, only appears like covering up his/her own lack of coherent argumentation. This site should not be misused by those who don't know the meaning of the word, 'manners'. Here is further information, which may strengthen the case that bombing of Iraq's water systems, during the Gulf War, was deliberate policy. U.S.'Sunday Herald', 17 Sept. 2000:"...During allied bombing campaigns on Iraq the country's eight multi-purpose dams had been repeatedly hit, simultaneously wrecking flood control, municipal and industrial water storage, irrigation and hydroelectric power. Four of seven major pumping stations were destroyed, as were 31 municipal water & sewerage facilities - 20 in Baghdad, resulting in sewerage pouring into the Tigris. Water purification plants were incapacitated throughout Iraq..." >From an article (20 Feb.,1991) by Ramsay Clark, known e.g. for his book, 'War Crimes. A Report of United States War Crimes Against Iraq'. "In the cities and towns we visited, there was no "collateral" military damage, only civilian sites were destroyed. City bridges, telephone exchanges, electric generator plants, water processing and pumping stations, even government office buildings are essentially civilian and entirely noncombatant. We saw no evidence of a military presence, withdrawal, or damage in any of the bombed areas we examined." >From a CNN Special Report, 'The Unfinished War: A Decade Since Desert Storm', 16 Jan., 2001. "...(Dennis)Halliday is a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations in Iraq. In 1997 he was appointed the humanitarian coordinator. In 1998 he resigned in protest...Halliday has also leveled another charge. According to international health experts, epidemics of cholera, dysentery and hepatitis have plagued Iraq. These diseases come from water-borne contamination. Halliday blames this contamination on the targeting of Iraq's infrastructure during the Gulf War. - He points to a recently declassified U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency document that was issued at the start of the conflict, laying out Iraq's vulnerable water situation. The document also acknowledges that a shortage of water could "lead to increased incidences, if not epidemics, of disease. - "I think there's no doubt whatsoever that the Americans had worked out the vulnerability of Iraq in terms of clean fresh water," Halliday says. "So they set about destroying electrical power capacity, which is essential, of course, for the treatment and distribution of water..." Greetings, Bert G. _________________________________________________________________ Use MSN Messenger to send music and pics to your friends http://messenger.msn.co.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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk