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Dear List, In addition to the many comments on the article I would like to add mine. If we look at the original Sydney Herald article, we can trace the misinformation from the title. The article is titled "Doctors tell how children's deaths became propaganda", so we expect that "doctors" (in the plural) would expose the alleged propaganda.. We go into the article, and there is only "one doctor" whose remarks are quoted: chief resident, Dr Hussein Shihab.. Surely one doctor does not qualify for "doctors"?? Dr. Shihab tells the reporter "we had the ability to get all the drugs we needed. Instead of that, Saddam Hussein spent all the money on his military force and put all the fault on the USA. Yes, of course the sanctions hurt - but not too much, because we are a rich country and we have the ability to get everything we can by money. But instead, he spent it on his palaces." So Saddam "spent all the money on his military force" while at the same time spending it "on his palaces".. And that, according to the SMH (and to members of the IPO) is the absolute truth about the cause of the death of children in Iraq.. An allegation lacking in proof, coming from a doctor at one hospital in Baghdad, summarizes 13 years of sanctions and death.. Forget about the UN, its organizations and officials; forget about all those surveys and studies; forget about DU and its effects; forget about non-sterilized water, lack of chlorine, electricity shortages, lack of equipment; forget all of that and blame everything on Saddam Hussein, now that his regime is overthrown.. Justify the support for war with such excuses... That one doctor has all the truth, and all the others are liars. Why? Because the man can now speak freely.. I am of course assuming that Dr. Hussein Shihab is a real character and not a figment of the imagination of an Anglo-Saxon reporter. Please bear with me: we had before this the incubator babies; we had the oil-covered bird; we had the WMDs; we had the anthrax, etc. We had lots of lies and fabrications.. The last time we were told they were there to liberate Iraq, now they say they are staying as occupiers.. Can Dr. Hussein Shihab really speak freely in a country occupied by a foreign army, whose soldiers shoot women, children and anyone or anything that approaches them? Shoot at cars that don't give way to the US tanks? An occupation force that encourages looting, prohibits parties, dissolves the army and the judiciary, and demands employees to sign statements denouncing the Ba'th party? How do we know the man is not a Ba'thist, afraid to say anything that the Americans might consider to be supportive of Saddam's regime and he looses his job? The man admits he used to lie before for Saddam, so why wouldn't he lie now for the Americans?? After all, they are the ones with the guns.. How did Saddam spend all the money from the Oil-for-food on his military forces? Nobody has come up with an explanation... How would Iraq have bought all the drugs it needed without approval from the UN? Nobody has come up with an explanation... How can anyone in Iraq (or outside it) deny the fact that from 1991 until 1996, the GOI provided Iraqis with a food basket and with medicines almost free, even before the UN adopted the OFF program? Nobody denies that Saddam spent some of the money acquired from "sanctions busting" sales of oil through Syria and Turkey, but some was also used for food, medicines, spare parts etc.. I am again referring all to the article of Reuters which explains some of those issues: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=2777711 For the attention of Dr. Shihab and all those on this list who believe he was telling the truth, I would like to give one example of Iraqi efforts to buy medicines, which were rejected by the UK government: the same government that is now "helping" Iraq become democratic and denying sanctions killed people. This is the transcript of a telex message from Wellcome Foundation Ltd to the Iraqi medicines importing organization KIMADIA. I have a copy of the original telex in my possession: " MAR 16 1993 15:45 = 212672KIMAD IK 8951486 TBLOID G STE CPUAO14 930316124 /UCEXGO8 (1073) UKTLX016 9303161243 UCEXGO 8 AC162 ATTN – IMPORT MANAGER KIMADIA SUBJECT – YR TL & NO 1955 DD 15/3/93 ORDER REF 40/91/155 OUR REF : DAR/5296/93 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ABOVE TLX. I HAVE AGAIN DISCUSSED THIS MATTER WITH THE UK GOVERNMENT AND THEY WILL STILL NOT ISSUE THE EXPORT LICENCE FOR ANGISED TABS. I HAVE EXPLAINED TO THE UK GOVERNMENT THAT GLYCERYL TRINITRATES FOR ESSENTIAL MEDICAL PRODUITS IS NOT REFUSED BY THE UN SANCTIONS COMMITTEE. THE UK GOVERNMENT INFORMED ME THAT THEIR REJECTION OF MY APPLICATION FOR AN EXPORT LICENCE IS A UK GOVERNMENT DECISION AND NOT A UN SANCTIONS COMMITTEE DECISION. THE ONLY THING I CAN SUGGEST IS THAT YOU REQUEST THE IRAQI EMBASSY (INTEREST SECTION) IN LONDON TO CONTACT THE UK DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY REGARDING THE DECISION NOT TO ISSUE AN EXPORT LICENCE FOR ANGISED TABS. AGAIN I APOLIGISE FOR INCONVENIENCE THIS WILL CAUSE YOU BUT THE MATTER IS OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL. 0REGARDS D A ROBB MEA ZONE WELLCOME FOUNDATION LTD 16 MARCH 1993 12:44:53 NNNN 3954486TBLOID G. =212673KIMAD" I am sure that most would recognize that Angised is a medicine used for heart diseases. In private discussions with Wellcome, the Iraqi health officials were told that the real reason given to Wellcome by the British officials was the following: TNT can be extracted from those tabs to make explosives!!! Some would laugh, I am sure, but this goes to show the extent to which the US and UK went to destroy the Iraqis. Remember the pencils? They too could be used to extract Graphite for the core of nuclear reactors, and were therefore prohibited. When one knows that each Angised tablet has 0.5 milligram of GLYCERYL TRINITRATES, one can calculate how many tablets would be needed to extract some 500 grams of TNT (my calculations say one billion tabs to give 500 gm of GLYCERYL TRINITRATES, but I could be mistaken)... And that would require laboratories and equipment and time.. Wouldn't it be easy to just smuggle it from Iran, Turkey or Syria, like it probably did? Besides, Iraq was not prohibited from buying explosives or weapons: it was prohibited from developing WMDs and the missiles to deliver them, but it was still allowed its defensive abilities, and missiles with a range of 150 kilometers.. Angised was not the only medicinal item prohibited. Anesthesia was also prohibited by the UN Sanctions committee, because it was NOT considered medicine. And so, even though Iraq tried to buy anesthetics from different sources outside the UN, they were not enough, and numerous live-saving operations were performed for several years without anesthesia. I suppose those guys at IPO would say it is an acceptable price, just so that we get rid of Saddam... The ends justify the means. Would one be surprised anymore why Saddam thought he was great: his removal was worth the lives of over 1.5 million Iraqis.. I leave you with the following words of Bernard Shaw: "The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity." Hassan __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? The New Yahoo! Search - Faster. Easier. Bingo. http://search.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ 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