False arguments behind Iraq sanctions
The demand that the western powers lift the criminal sanctions imposed on Iraq since the Gulf war of 1990 is growing more and more insistent. That sanctions be lifted is supported by Russia, China and France who are permanent members of the Security Council and by many other countries. However, in the UN the US and Britain use their veto powers to prevent the UN making such a decision. They have used the false argument of weapons inspections to justify the continuation of sanctions. Millions of Iraqis have died as a result of the shortage of food and medicines brought on by the sanctions but the sufferings of the Iraqi people do not move the leaders of the US and Britain. At the meeting of the heads of State of Arab countries held in Amman (Jordan) a resolution was tabled calling for sanctions to be abandoned and requiring Iraq to agree to respect the independence and sovereignty of Kuwait and settle outstanding issues amicably. The resolution also called for an end to the American and British bombing in the so-called "no-fly zones". However, surprisingly the resolution was opposed by the delegation from Iraq and had to be abandoned. Colonel Gaddafi of Libya described the attitude of the Iraqi delegation as "perplexing". At the meeting of the Arab Heads of State the Iraqi delegation quarelled with the delegates of those countries that have been strongest in their demand that sanctions be lifted. The Iraqis also personally insulted King Abdullah of Jordan who hosted the meeting. An impression has been left that the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, does not want to have the sanctions lifted for his own domestic reasons. Abu Fady a member of the Iraqi Communist Party in Australia told the "The Guardian": "The fact is that the Iraqi dictator is playing a dangerous diplomatic game over UN sanctions and is trying to use them to his advantage. He is able to continue to control the Iraqi population by food rationing and uses the sanctions to excuse the regime's own shortcomings. It appears that Saddam does not want sanctions lifted. "Once again his policies are playing into the hands of the US and British Governments. They need Saddam and Saddam needs them!"