US BLOCKADE OF IRAQ KILLED APPROXIMATELY 1 MILLION PEOPLE ANDTHE MAJORITY WERE CHILDREN!
US BLOCKADE OF SYRIA, LIKE IRAQ, HAS CAUSED MASSIVE HARM TO PEOPLE – SYRIANS!
“We Americans have NO COMMlSSlON from GOD to poIice the worId.”
— President Benjamin Harrison (R)
“I DESTROY my ENEMlES when I make them my friends.”
— President Abraham Lincoln (R)
SANCTION IN IRAQ = Near-total financial and trade embargo 1990 to 2003 to disclose and eliminate any weapons of mass destruction. WE FOUND NONE!
The sanctions banned all import and export trade and financial resources except for medicine and “in humanitarian circumstances” foodstuffs.
United Nations inter-agency mission assessed that “the Iraqi people may soon face a further imminent catastrophe, which could include epidemic and famine, if massive life-supporting needs are not rapidly met.”
There is a general consensus that the sanctions achieved the express goals of limiting Iraqi arms.
High rates of malnutrition, lack of medical supplies, and diseases from lack of clean water were reported during sanctions. In 2001, the chairman of the Iraqi Medical Association’s scientific committee sent a plea to Germany for help it raise awareness of the disastrous effects the sanctions were having on the Iraqi healthcare system.
In May 2000 a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) survey noted that 50% of the children under 5 years suffered from diarrhea – 45% of population was under age 14.
Overall literacy rate of 78% in 1977 declined rapidly as 20% of Iraqi children stopped enrolling in school and a dramatic increase in child labor.
Per capita income in Iraq dropped from $3510 in 1989 to $450 in 1996 = rapid devaluation of the Iraqi dinar.
Researcher Richard Garfield estimated that “likely estimate of 227,000 excess deaths among young children from August 1991 through March 1998” from sanctions.
If the substantial reduction in child mortality throughout Iraq during the 1980s had continued through the 1990s, there would have been half a million fewer deaths of children under-five in the country.
“Even if not all suffering in Iraq can be imputed to external factors, especially sanctions, the Iraqi people would not be undergoing such deprivations in the absence of the prolonged measures imposed by the Security Council and the effects of war.
— UNICEF DIRECTOR
Chlorine to purify water was BLOCKED throughout Iraq causing high rates of diseases.
Estimates of deaths from sanctions range from 230,000 to 500,000 to 1 million in under-5 age group deaths.