(One UN) official said that he could not think of a single
success of the policy "except in killing children."
Pointing to the toleration of smuggling (oil) across Iraq's
borders into Turkey and Jordan, (the official) said that many
believed the real objective was to maintain a weak but stable
President Saddam Hussein in power (and to benefit the US)....
"Turkey is allowed to take in all the oil it can because it
provides the Incirlik base from which British and American planes
patrol the northern no-fly zone over Iraq."
"You have to ask...what it is about the status quo that the
Hans von Sponeck, one of the former "oil for food" coordinators
who quit his UN position in protest of sanctions, responded, "Many
have the perception that 'containment' rather than 'elimination' to
date has been the preferred option. In the meantime, Iraqi
civilians continue to pay the price."
New Hampshire Peace Action (NHPA) is asking that Congress
investigate these claims.
Patrick Carkin, NHPA co-director and former US Army intelligence
analyst, responded, "We've been stating this to Congress for over
a year now. The policy helps keep Hussein in power while also
keeping him contained. We're talking out of both sides of our
mouth. Meanwhile, innocent children continue to die due to our
actions. It's hard to believe that the US can justify preventing
diphtheria vaccines for the children from entering Iraq under the
guise of "dual usage," but can't stop a huge oil tanker that helps
Hussein. If it's true that US forces are using this oil in Turkey
then we're talking about a conspiracy on par with Iran/Contra-gate.
It's heartening to know that Powell is finally examining the
sanctions in more detail. But that's just the beginning. It's
morally and legally imperative that Congress investigate these
claims and that Iraqi citizens no longer suffer under this policy."
These House offices have been asked to investigate:
Allen (D-ME), Baldacci (D-ME), Frank (D-MA), Bass (R-NH)
Hall (D-OH), Paul (R-TX), Smith (R-NJ), Sununu (R-NH),
Collins (R-ME), Dodd (D-CT), Gregg (R-NH), Hagel (R-NE),
Kerry (D-MA), Smith (R-NH), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA),