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[casi] Iraq sanctions retained per EO

One of the more recent justifications for the Iraq war coming from the Bush
administration and its defenders is that the war allowed the US to lift the
ruinous sanctions against Iraq. The following document, taken from the State
Department's own website, makes clear that the war itself was so
destabilizing that the sanctions must be resumed.

Essentially, this means no fundamental progress has been made towards
bettering the lot of the Iraqi people. - wrp

     Thursday 31 July 2003

     Bush Continues National Emergency With Respect to Iraq

     Continuation notice cites continued instability in Iraq

Following is the text of the Federal Register notice:


     Office of the Press Secretary
     July 31, 2003


     On August 2, 1990, by Executive Order 12722, President Bush declared a
national emergency with respect to Iraq pursuant to the International
Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual
and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the
United States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of
Iraq -- the Saddam Hussein regime. By Executive Orders 12722 of August 2,
1990, and 12724 of August 9, 1990, the President imposed trade sanctions on
Iraq and blocked Iraqi government assets. Additional measures were taken
with respect to this national emergency by Executive Order 13290 of March
20, 2003. Because of the continued instability in Iraq, the United States
and Coalition partners' role as the temporary authority in Iraq, and the
need to ensure the establishment of a process leading to representative
Iraqi self-rule, the national emergency declared on August 2, 1990, and the
measures adopted on August 2 and August 9, 1990, and March 20, 2003, to deal
with that emergency must continue in effect beyond August 2, 2003.
Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act
(50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency with
respect to Iraq.

     This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted
to the Congress.

     THE WHITE HOUSE, July 31, 2003.

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