The boundless attempts to conceal and justify the brutal Sanctions Regime against Iraq. If Iraq had killed 4% of Americans, it would be 12 million people dead.
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To reiterate a statement made by Ambassador Agam Hasmy of Malaysia at the UN Security Council in 2000: “How ironic is it that the same policy that is supposed to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction has itself become a weapon of mass destruction!”
The continued attempts to legitimize the UN sanctions and the subsequent policies that led to the invasion and occupation of Iraq leave a sinister echo amidst the walls of destruction, suffering, and death that followed and continue to decimate the lives of innocent Iraqis until this day.
A Look at the Facts: Death, Destruction and Suffering under the Sanctions Regime on Iraq
The sanctions against Iraq were a total financial and trade embargo imposed by the UN Security Council through Resolution 661, which was adopted on August 6, 1990, four days after Iraq had invaded Kuwait.
Pursuant to the end of the 1991 First Gulf War, the rigorous economic sanctions were intensified through Resolution 687, which included provisions for the removal of weapons of mass destruction.
They remained firmly in force until May 2003 (UNSC Resolution 1483), with some parts persisting until today.
.@SecPompeo: Iran has been fomenting terror in the region for 40 years since the revolution. President @realDonaldTrump has said we’re going to deny them the resources. We’re not going to send crates of cash. We’re not going to allow them to do business in the world. pic.twitter.com/oWFNt97GqL
— Department of State (@StateDept) September 25, 2020
While the officially stated aim of the sanctions was to effect Iraq’s withdrawal from Kuwait, payment of reparations, and eliminate suspected weapons of mass destruction, the underlying purpose was to force a regime change.
Based on fraudulent claims and exaggeration, a few Western nations, particularly the US and UK, fervently supported the sanctions against Iraq in order to achieve their agenda and topple Iraq’s ruling authorities – at the cost of countless innocent lives.
That the removal of Saddam Hussein would proceed at the cost of uncountable innocent civilians and the destruction of an entire society was of little interest.
“One of the greatest acts of aggression: the medieval siege of Iraq” – as author and journalist John Pilger has referred to the sanctions – savagely catapulted the population of a formerly flourishing civilization into the abysses of human suffering, indignity, and death.
It was the ordinary people of this havocked and mutilated country that had to bear the brunt of the sanctions.
In his book “A Different Kind of War”5, Hans von Sponeck poignantly illustrates the suffering of the Iraqi people under the policies of a sanction regime steered from Washington and London and implemented by the UN in New York: Callous policies that were considered “worth it” by then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Hans C. von Sponeck denounces the consequences, especially on children, of the UN sanctions against Iraq.