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Re: [casi] Don't Lift the Sanctions Yet!

>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.

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