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>we need to be denouncing anyone who stands in the way of >lifting sanctions. This is not so clear to me. The problem with the sanctions in the past was that it deprived the Iraqi people, by limiting what they could buy and sell. Now there is an occupying force who is responsible for the welfare fo the people, and who -- I think -- can bring any needed goods into the nation. As far as buying and selling we might ask who is going to buy and sell? If the oil is sold will that let the US off the hook? Will the profit go to the people? What about other goods for sale? Are the Iraqis in any shape to produce and sell anything now? Will the people have control of the transactions or will it only give the US more power? If the Iraqis want things which could be bought if sanctions are lifted, do they have money to pay for them? The currency is being transferred over to dollars, which again gives the US control. The question in my mind is who are sanctions now imposed on in practical terms -- Iraqis or the US occupiers? How can the people of Iraq benefit from lifting sanctions now if they don't even have a government? It strikes that lifting them now would be something like giving free reign to the auctioneer after a family is declared bankrupt and everthing they own goes on the block, all for the benefit of the creditors and auctioneer. Yes? No? It seems a complex question which needs consideration more than an immediate answer. ________________________________________________________________ The best thing to hit the internet in years - Juno SpeedBand! Surf the web up to FIVE TIMES FASTER! Only $14.95/ month - visit www.juno.com to sign up today! _______________________________________________ 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