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>recognition. Instead, the sanctions that were levied at >U.S. insistence embargoed not only Iraq's oil sales but I question why the sanctions were put on to begin with, and kept up. Even without foresight it soon should have become obvious that they were not damaging Saddam, but the people. We should keep in mind that even immediately after Gulf War 1 there were those in the US who wanted to invade Iraq. The sanctions would weaken the Iraqi military in preparation for that, but they would also prevent other nations from doing business there, such as establishing oil exporting. In other words, the sanctions cut out the Russians and French, saving the oil for an eventual US takeover. We can perhaps only guess at the intentions of the US neo-cons then, but the reality speaks for itself. ________________________________________________________________ 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