Iraq—Post 1991 Persian Gulf War/Sanctions
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While the US/UK-led military campaigns of the Gulf War in 1991, the bombings of 1998, and 2003 have ended, that is not the end of the story for the people of Iraq.
- Iraq was bombed regularly by the US and Britain as part of a no fly zone enforcement during the sanctions regime.
- An estimated one million people had died since the sanctions enforced by the UN Security Council after the Gulf War ended.
- Most nations wished to lift the sanctions, but the US and UK continued to oppose any such calls.
- As this paper shows, the sanctions themselves are illegal and have had gross consequences for the people of Iraq.
- The brutal Saddam Hussain, whom the US helped to bring in to power decacdes earlier, remained unaffected while the Iraqi people suffered.
- Iraq used to have one of the best measures in the world for standards of living. Now it is in the bottom twenty percent. In just 10 years of sanctions.
- Basic medicines were not available as children died from treatable diseases.
- Even chlorine had been blocked and that is needed for disinfection of water that has already been contaminated from the allied bombing.
- Cancer rates have shot up, believed to have resulted from the use of depleted Uranium by the allied bombing—which was cleaned up in Kuwait, but not Iraq.
- Iraq was bombed in 1998 partly because it complained about who was on the weapons inspections teams. No-one bombed the USA when they rejected weapons inspection team members who were from Cuba or Iran.
- Saddam’s regime was finally toppled in 2003, but admist a lot of controversy.
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