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[ Converted text/html to text/plain ] I was awaken this morning by a radio news report from the French CBC (Radio-Canada's Aline Gobeil) who happened to mention this: The UN is presently reworking its Oil-forFood program to deal with a "reconstructed post-war Iraq". The Oil-for-Food program WILL THUS STAY after the illegal U.S.-U.K. invasion. This will be a reinstatement of the infamous fiasco also called SMART SANCTIONS. It is to be remembered that the U.S. never agreed with the 667 UN Committee about the definition of what constituted double usage goods which, at the last count, made the Holds list of goods through the OFF program mushroom to 5,4$ billion. The only difference is that the U.S. will now be in control of the entire Iraqi Oil sector and will grease itself with the reconstruction contracts to post-orgasm heights. But since Exxon, Chevron, Sharon and cos. are also private companies, it is expected that they will not be returning much of their "private investment capital" returns to the iraqis. So what will the UN be able to syphon off from that mess, since they have had ZERO influence to stop this ILLEGAL ATTACK on Iraq. Iraqis, it seems, are to be damned for eternity. It is therefore of the utmost importance to get as much information NOW about those UN tractations on so-called "reconstruction" of post-war Iraq. A VERY PISSED, Marc Azar Colin Rowat a écrit: Dear Daniel, I think that your question is a good one, and a worrying one. At present, US plans for a post-war Iraq seem very sketchy: are Iraqis to have the costs of another war added to their already crippling levels of financial obligation; what are US intentions viz. the lifting of sanctions now that Saddam, to whom the US has always tied them, seems to be in his last weeks; is an unstable, future Iraq to be left to twist as Bush returns to his presidential election campaign, leaving Middle East policy to his hawks? The underlying legislation authorising the sanctions are the Security Council resolutions. Thus, a new SCR will be necessary to lift or otherwise modify the sanctions. When this is passed, national governments then pass implementing legislation, making a national version of the SCR part of their national law. I do think that learning and lobbying on this will be vital over the coming weeks, and would encourage list members to begin to think in this direction. Whether one has supported or opposed the war, all of our arguments have been presented in terms of concern for Iraqis. If the Iraqi regime is replaced, then we should all, I hope, be able to agree that we need to work to ensure that the next Iraqi government is just, and given a chance of survival. Lifting non-military sanctions, not adding further liabilities to Iraq's already high financial obligations, and reducing its existing one, will, I suspect, be central elements of this. Less economically, I suspect that attempts to restore ties between Iraqis in Iraq and those of us living outside Iraq will be important. For some years, the idea of twinning programmes has floated around our circles. The environment for this may become more favourable in the near future. If list members are members of churches, synagogues, mosques, trades unions, sports teams, schools, or the like, twinning with a similar Iraqi group may be a very practical step that can be taken to help bridge the gulf that I fear has been growing. My feelings have been very mixed for a long time now, and remain so. I do think, though, that we have a chance at winning the peace, and helping protect seeds of hope in Iraq. (A few days ago, I saw the 'Support Democracy in Iraq' image on dear_raed.blogspot.com and felt inspired: here is a new Iraq that I can feel excited about!) Best wishes, Colin Rowat work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | web.bham.ac.uk/c.rowat | (+44/0) 121 414 3754 | (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | email@example.com -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Daniel O'Huiginn Sent: 18 March 2003 7:03 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [casi] post-war lifting of sanctions We tend to assume that sanctions will be lifted after the US/UK invasion of Iraq, but has anyone looked into the mechanics of lifting sanctions, in terms of UN and national legislation? What new laws will need to be drafted? Since sanctions are probably quite low down Bush/Blair's list of priorities, and since I don't have much faith in their competence, I'm worried that it will take months after the end of war before sanctions are lifted. Where should I look for information? Do list members think we need to lobby on this, or will it happen by itself? Dan O'Huiginn _______________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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