Independent News and Views September 18, 2000
Features The Trouble With Al - By David Moberg L.A. Confidential - By Bob Burnett From Seattle to South Central - By Juan Gonzalez A Field Day for the Heat - By Jeffrey St. Clair Throwing Away the Key - By Dave Lindorff Blinded with Science - By Karen Charman
News Prague Fall - By Nick Rosen The Highest Price - By Anthony Arnove - By Dave Lindorff Appall-o-Meter - By David Futrelle
Views Editorial - By Salim Muwakkil Dialogue: Candidate Nader - By Doug Ireland and Joel Bleifuss A Terry LaBan Cartoon - By Terry LaBan
Culture Dancing in the Suites - By J.W. Mason Things Fall Apart - By Hillary Frey Homage to Gorazde - By Daniel F. Raeburn
The Highest Price - By Anthony Arnove

  Ten years after the United Nations imposed an embargo on Iraq, a new U.N.-commissioned study has determined that the country has suffered "a humanitarian disaster comparable to the worst catastrophes of the past decades."

   The report, written by Belgian law professor Marc Bossuyt, argues that the sanctions on Iraq are "ineffective" and "unequivocally illegal."

An August 6 protest marking the 10-year anniversary of U.N. sanctions brought more than 3,000 people to Washington, including Ralph Nader and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).
Protesters against sanctions on Iraq.

   "The theory behind economic sanctions is that economic pressure on civilians will translate into pressure on the government for change," Bossuyt writes. "This theory is bankrupt both legally and practically."

   Bossuyt's report is another indication that the Clinton administration is increasingly isolated on the international stage in its insistence that the sanctions continue, despite the devastating toll they are taking on ordinary Iraqis. In the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vˇdrine called the sanctions "cruel, ineffective, and dangerous. They punish exclusively the Iraqi population and the weakest of them." Vˇdrine added that the sanctions "don't touch the regime" of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

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