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The UN's Secret Genocide

Observers have likened sanctions to two or three Hiroshimas. The people of Iraq are being systematically decimated.

The UN's Secret Genocide
The UN's Secret Genocide
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Parliament has adjourned. However, there is a task its members might usefully undertake, even informally, and report to the two Houses, the country and the world before the next UN General Assembly session. This is to send a parliamentary mission to Iraq, suitably assisted by some experts, to study what sanctions have done to that country and its quality of life. Iraq is in India's sensitive West Asian neighbourhood. So developments there concern India. More so when events are ostensibly taking place under the auspices of the UN.

Clinton's national security advisor, Samuel (Sandy) Berger, wrote an article in the Financial Times of London on May 4. The headings said it all - "Saddam is the root of all Iraq's problems: A change of government, not the ending of sanctions, is the only way to alleviate the sufferings of the nation". There was an unrelated response in bbc's Hard Talk on May 17 from Hans von Sponeck (former undp Delhi chief) who last February resigned in shame and disgust as head of the UN humanitarian programme in Iraq. Berger argues that Saddam is deliberately under-utilising and misusing the UN's oil-for-dollars deal for humanitarian assistance. Saddam imports food, medicines and other essential supplies "grudgingly", and prefers to siphon his dollar allowance to refurbish his military machine and build luxury palaces and lakeside resorts. Berger places the US on the side of the angels working "to ease Iraqi suffering without strengthening its leader". According to Sponeck, those sponsoring the continuance of sanctions after nine years, notably the US and Britain, should change tack in view of objective evidence of the dreadful damage they have inflicted on innocent Iraqis, especially women and children. Speaking from personal knowledge, he asserts the sanctions have failed. They've left the regime intact but subverted the UN's mandate.

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