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To refute Blair's assertion that it is Saddam Hussein's 'manipulation' of sanctions that is causing suffering, a quote from the AIUK Groups Iraq Action Pack, Feb 2003: "It is widely agreed, including by the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation, that the sanctions have crippled Iraq's economic infrastructure and have severely impacted on the civilian population. These sanctions have put the rights to food, health and education of the Iraqi population at risk, and have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom children. "Though there have been claims that the Iraqi regime has manipulated the impact of the sanctions for propaganda purposes, Amnesty International considers that the UN Security Council cannot avoid its share of the responsibility for the severe impact of the sanctions on the Iraqi population." Good for sending to MPs, press etc. A version of this quote, as well as other good stuff, is available on the Amnesty website: http://web.amnesty.org/web/web.nsf/pages/iraq_faq#7 Cheers Glenn. _______________________________________________ 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