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Sanctions against Iraq: are they justified?

By Heidi Kingstone   March 2001

Dear Patrick

30th January 2001

The western public is, rightly, moved by the sight of sick and dying children. It is thanks to the manipulation of such images of suffering that Saddam Hussein is winning the propaganda war in the west. But if people make no effort to understand the hard realities behind such disturbing images they simply become the playthings of cynical tyrants. The sanctions policy against Saddam is not perfect, but lifting sanctions would only strengthen his position and there is nothing to demonstrate that it would alleviate the terrible conditions that prevail in parts of Iraq.

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