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Re: [casi] Cordesman: "Iraq: Too Uncertain to Call"

On 7 Dec 2003 at 4:15, jennifer horan wrote:

> I'm grateful to Drew and to anyone else who sends us postings that we
> can learn from, and hope they feel free to continue to do so.  And
> seeing as how I'm breaking my habit of non-listserv posting, let me
> register the following query:  What has been the documentable impact
> of the US invasion and its aftermath on Iraqi civilian population?
> What was the effect of the summertime electricity shortages, and was
> it worse for Baghdad than for Basra?   Is there any kind of damage
> assesment in the works?  It's making me crazy that the only civilian
> casualties being counted by the think tankies are ones caused by
> bullets and bombs. I would have thought all the UN and NGO publicity
> to the effects of sanctions would have ensured a less myopic focus.

I couldn't agree more. Information is a key issue. One side effect of
the handover of 'oil for food' from the UN to the CPA is that there
may well be even less information in the public domain.

Mark Parkinson

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