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[casi] Blairspeak

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I heard a bit of PMQ this afternoon. Mr Blair said that because of the
way Saddam has implemented sanctions, which has cost the Iraqi people
dear, it was necessary to go to war (my interpretation).  Ie we must
bomb Iraq out of humanitarian concern...a quick death or a lingering
death...but the death option.

I have been well informed by CASI over the years about sanctions on
Iraq. The last conference I attended in 2001 was about dealing with
sanctions as a foreign policy.

The public however are not aware of the facts regarding sanctions. That
the 'Oil for Food' programme is not enough, about war debts demanded by
Kuwait, that for the civilians life is about survival rather than
rebuilding their ruined lives.

So Bush/ Blair axis will spend billions bombing Iraq's infrastructure,
which will cause lots of deaths, because sanctions haven't succeeded in
bringing about a regime change.

I have had a reply from Clare Short's dept. that aid to Iraq was about
6million last year.

I didn't know, nor was it mentioned that bombing Iraq is costing us that
much each month (or is it week).

We all have to be vigilant like Glen in spotting these 'spins'. If you
are not in the know, it is very sophisticated and plausible.


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