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In message <email@example.com>, Hassan Zeini <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes <snip> > >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 >money)?? > Would the fact that governments and the military *knew* that looting would take place be grounds for citing negligence? What precedents are there from other wars? Is it accepted in military circles that any country going to war will produce not just death, injury and destruction from the fighting and use of weapons, but also a destabilisation of the population in the aftermath, resulting in pillage, anarchy and disorder? If governments and the military knew that chaos is normal, ie. to be expected, after a conflict, then surely they are collaborating with it and therefore responsible? I think it was very revealing that Downing Street was so angry about the BBC reporting on the looting (esp. Andrew Gilligan's reports for the Today programme) - I suggest that they were angry not at any alleged over-reporting, but at the fact that this (expected) chaos is being shown so graphically and publicly to a wider audience than ever before, including many who hadn't experienced war so didn't know that this was the norm. Is there any way that some Iraqi families affected by the chaos could take the USUK to court? Cathy -- Cathy Aitchison _______________________________________________ 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