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[casi] Compensations!


During the 1990 Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, and
especially on the first days, chaos prevailed with a
complete collapse of law and order. Very much like
what happens now in Iraq.
At that time, offices, shops and houses were looted.
Quite a lot of the looting was done by Kuwaitis, Arabs
working in Kuwait, Asian workers and Iraqi soldiers.
Borders were open without supervisions, and stolen
goods (including cars) passed through Iraq, the
Jordanian border and to the world... Baghdad was
filled with parked cars, with people knocking on doors
selling VCRs, TVs and house appliances..

After the end of Iraq's destruction, Iraq was ordered
to pay compenastions for losses, including those done
by looters. The legal stand was that Iraq was
obligated, under the Geneva Conventions as the
occupying power to keep law and order and prevent

The US/Uk armies, the forces of occupation in Iraq
now, have the same responsibilities. Regardless of
whether or not the US was behind the looting or
encouraged it or stood watching it happen, the
occupation forces are legally responsible for
compensations to be paid to people and enterprises
suffering losses because of those actions.

How can the US/UK be held responsible for those acts
of pillaging, and how can they be forced to pay
compensations (from their money, not from Iraq's oil


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