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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] 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. Lila _______________________________________________ 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