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Dear List, The vigorous discussion on the destruction of the Iraqi infrastructure in 1991, specifically the water system, has prompted me to search the archives for previous discussions. The most recent one was in September 2000. Then, as now, "intent" was disputed by some, especially as a USAF contact was called upon to comment. (True, the memo on the "Iraq Water Treatment Vulnerabilities" is not in itself proof of guilt, but it is proof of detailed foreknowledge.) Pertinent (in 2000) was a contribution by Felicity Arbuthnot, who referred to the evidence of Dr. Levenson (of IPPN) at Ramsey Clark's International Tribunal. Still more pertinent was a contribution by Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar (Iraq), who described the situation in detail - as he has done now. Prof. Nagy has made several contributions to the list. He is the one who first located this document - and numerous others. He is the one who has done all the research and he will, no doubt, deal with the burden of proof. For us it may be a far more satisfying experience to actually help the Iraqi people get clean water. The water supply is still woefully inadequate: based on the "effectiveness" of 1991, the bombing exercise was repeated in 1998. And you all know how the sanctions' "holds" _kept_ the clean water supply inadequate. The best way of helping may be to get involved with the Iraq Water Project. This Project was started in October 2000 by Veterans for Peace and is still going. You can make a donation, raise funds, spread the word... or do physical work with the team in Iraq. The actual work is now not as intensive as earlier, but it is going. (And, as one participant says, your also get first-hand experience of the effects of the genocidal sanctions.) Helping the Iraqi people directly may also boost our own morale, especially now as the war drums are booming. When I wrote to the previous coordinator of the Project, he said "...the strategic formulation of this project is one of the things I'm most proud of in this lifetime". The Iraq Water Project - Results: "Clear, clean water coming straight from the tap!" "An amazing drink of water in Iraq." Clearly the volunteers are delighted and so are the Iraqi families: "On the way back to Basra, Edith asks to meet a family whose home is served by the newly functioning water treatment plant and is introduced to this father and sons." [picture] Compared to the huge amount of reconstruction that needs to be done, this volunteer effort may seem negligible. But the work must go on, writes Tom Sager, the current project coordinator on December 15, 2002: "We really need to keep this project going. I can't tell you what a wonderful reception I've had here. If nothing else, this project lets people know that are people in the US who care about them, and that's very important!" "Report from Iraq", by Tom Sager, December 15, 2002 http://www.iraqwaterproject.com/press/TomsReport1.htm And here is a description of the plants that have been repaired: -----------Fwd Message----------- http://www.iraqwaterproject.com/plants.htm The Water Plants Veterans for Peace managed to raise close to $200,000 to repair six water treatment facilities which serve a population of more than 85,000 people. Plus, in a public display exhibiting support for the civilian population of Iraq, three  teams of US service veterans traveled to Iraq on their own expenses and worked alongside the Iraqi laborers who are fixing the water facilities. The Labbani Plant A medium to large-sized facility serving 55,000 people. The water from this plant was only partially treated.  more Mansouria Al-Shatt in Hebheb village, Town of Baaqooba, Province of Diyalah The Mansouria plant is in a rural setting, outside the village of Hebheb. It is on the Tigris River and serves about 7,000 people.  more Hai Al-Risalah, Town of Falooja, Province of Al-Anbar The Hai Al-Risalah plant sits on the Euphrates River within the town of Falooja. It's small, about the size of Mansouria. The plant had a leak in the sedimentation tank and was completely inoperable. The plant serves 15,000 people, four schools and many general service buildings.  more Hamden Jissir A smaller facility serving a population of 3,000 people. Hamdan Jissir was completely inoperable, including its elevated storage tank. People in the area had to either buy drinking water or boil water out of a nearby canal.  more Hamden Balad The plant is next to a schoolyard. Hamdan Balad only partially treats its water and then pumps it directly to the people. 3,000 people in this area now have access to clean drinking water.  more Abu Floos Abu Floos is a 600 house town with 5,000 people. The water treatment plant had only one, small pump left operating, which pumped untreated river water directly to the people.  more -----------End----------- And here is the donation info: -----------Fwd Message----------- The Iraq Water Project http://www.iraqwaterproject.com/intro.htm ... Please  help and give a tax deductible donation online 6. https://www.donate.net/ccn/basket.asp?dept_id=590 or send a check made out to VFP-Iraq Water Project to: Veterans for Peace - Iraq Water Project - World Community Center 438 North Skinker St. Louis, MO 63130 Stop the Sanctions! - End the Bombing! -----------End----------- You can also contact Tom Sager, the project coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org "Tom's a truly good sort", says the previous coordinator. A retired university professor, Tom Sager "speaks little, hears more, and works even more", says a project participant. Separately, I will post background on the Iraq Water Project, in case someone is interested. Let's go? Elga Sutter P.S. Here are some other links: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ http://www.veteransforpeace.org/press/IraqWater051902.htm _______________________________________________ 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