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Helen Liddell (a Government Minister) was allowed to rattle off the following list as helping to justify a war against Iraq: they want to help the Iraqi people 4 million Iraqi's in exile 60% of Iraqi's rely on food aid infant mortality is worse than the Congo The presenter Kirsty Wark let this barefaced cheek pass without comment! I cannot believe that Helen would have dared to be so dishonest unless she knew that she wouldn't be challenged on this. I have a full time job which has nothing to do with current affairs. I find it hard to believe that your journalists are not adequately informed on such major issues. It seems like the BBC suffers from institutional blindness on Iraq especially with respect to sanctions. OUR government (and the US) has been the cause of the above suffering through the deliberate destruction of civilian infrastructure in the Gulf War and the genocidal sanctions. There is almost nothing by the BBC of course so you could try watching the John Pilger Channel 4 documentary on sanctions, interviewing Denis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck who resigned (unreported by the BBC of course) in protest at our sanctions policy because of the effects on the Iraqi people, the UNICEF report on the sanctions etc. Another approach would be to compare the living standards of Iraqis before we attacked them and now. Incidentally later in the same programme a guest on the show effectively confirmed what I've said by saying that this time the US/UK would be careful about the infrastructure because of the pain and suffering to the Iraqi people. Mark Parkinson Bodmin Cornwall _______________________________________________ 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