Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Iraqi Sanctions: Were They Worth It?

One reason I support Operation Iraqi Freedom is my opposition to the toxic alternative, namely the pre-OIF ceasefire enforcement status quo with Saddam of the dangerous, costly, vilified, and eroding ad hoc 'containment'. Among its drawbacks, the 'containment' was exploited as a cornerstone of al Qaeda propaganda.
Iraqi Sanctions: Were They Worth It?
by Sheldon Richman, January 2004 [POSTED FEBRUARY 9, 2004]

In May 1996 Madeleine Albright, who was then the U.S. ambassador to the UN, was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq,

We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

To which Ambassador Albright responded,

I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.

Read the rest.

OIF is a controversial decision by President Bush. But the alternatives aren't better. At least we're trying our best to help Iraq now rather than be effectively complicit with Saddam in purposely, indefinitely, and uselessly causing the suffering of the Iraqi people.

Add: See, for example, An appeal to indict the Saddam regime for genocide (1997).

- Eric



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