De Zwitserse sociologieprofessor Jean Ziegler beschrijft in zijn boek ‘De haat tegen het Westen’ hoe in grote delen van de wereld het Westen wordt gehaat en deze haat nog steeds groeiende is. Ik schreef er hier al eerder over.
De volgende lijst werd samengesteld door anti-sancties activist Elias Davidsson. Het somt de zaken op die werden verboden om te exporteren naar Irak, tijdens het ‘Oil-For-Food’ programme van de Verenigde Naties, eind jaren negentig van vorige eeuw.
Ik publiceer ze hier opdat ze niet van het internet zou verdwijnen.
A little list of prohibited items into Iraq
by Elias Davidsson
22nd December 1997
Anaesthetic for childbirth and caesarean section
Angina heart tablets
(Blocked on the grounds that they contain trace amounts of the explosive nitro-glycerine)
(Blocked on the grounds that “…it might be consumed by adults…” )
Balls (for children, for sport)
Books (all categories included)
(For cattle breeding – blocked on the grounds that accompanying
vaccines “…could be made into weapons of mass destruction…” )
Canvas (yes, there are also painters in Iraq, didn’t you know ?)
Chlorine (for water purification)
Cloth (for flour filtering)
Colours for painting
Compressors (for cooling equipment)
Computers and computer supplies
Heart and lung machines
Ink (read: The prohibition on writing)
Magazines (including all scientific and medical journals)
Musteen cancer drugs
Nitrous oxide cylinders (for women in labour)
Paper for printing
Paper for wrapping
Paper for writing
(A shipment of paper requested for Iraqi doctors’ exclusive use was once blocked)
PVC sheets for private hospitals
Radiators for cars
(to wrap the bodies of the dead according to Islamic custom)
Steel plates and joints
Toilet paper (not considered medicines)
Toys (read: UN punishment of children)
Vaccines (for Yellow Fever, Diphtheria, and animal diseases)
Originele link: www.abacusdx.com/~newdawn/Docs/iraq-sanc10.htm
The list includes mainly consumer products which are now available to the world’s population without any restriction. It must be added that in order to impoverish Iraq and make its population dependent upon foreign imports, raw materials, machines and tools for industry and agriculture are also prohibited by the United Nations, unless the Iraqi government can prove, on a case by case base, that a specific consignment is urgently required for ‘humanitarian’ needs. (These items are blocked by the UN Sanctions Committee on the grounds that they “…constitute an input to Iraqi industry…”. Thus the sanctions policy can be interpreted as specifically designed to prevent Iraq from carrying out any meaningful industrial production and regeneration of its’ economy.)
The UN Sanctions Committee has not issued any comprehensive list of prohibited products, as such a list would include millions of articles. Instead the Sanctions Committee evaluates applications for exporting goods to Iraq on the base of Security Council Resolutions which allow foodstuffs, medicines and products for essential civilian needs. Anything not deemed ‘essential’ by the members of the Sanctions Committee is denied to the Iraqi population.
I urge readers of this list to imagine themselves being denied all the following products for a period of more than 7 years. This should give a small idea of what we are doing to the Iraqis.
If there is any mistake in the list or any important consumer product category missing, please inform me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The UN Sanctions Committee has the sole discretion in determining what is essential for every Iraqi. Decisions by the Committee are made behind closed doors. Any one Committee member may veto a permission. Applications for the export of items to Iraq must be made by the potential exporter to the authorities of individual UN member states who then forward the application to the UN Sanctions Committee in New York. The Committee will then assess the qualification of the application, that is whether it is food, medicine or an ‘essential civilian need’, determine that the Iraqi government has also endorsed the transaction, check prices and delivery conditions, and if everything is OK, forward its approval to the authorities of the country where the application came from. The authorities then inform the applicant. Only then is it possible to ship the items. Before being sent, public officials must check that the items concur in quality and quantity to the document approved by the Sanctions Committee. Any discrepancy results in the delaying the shipment.
It must be added that the quantity of food and medicines “allowed” to Iraq is not more than about a third of what was imported to Iraq before the onset of the sanctions. In other words, the United Nations expect Iraqis to live with less than half the food and medicine intake they had at the time when Saddam Hussein ruled without UN intervention.
The lawyers of the Security Council members have studied carefully the requirements of international humanitarian law. By designing into the sanctions regime ‘humanitarian exceptions’ as provided by the ‘oil-for-food’ deal, the members of the Security Council attempt to pre-empt charges of causing the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis by starvation and health hazards. By providing the very minimum for physical subsistence to the Iraqi population, lives are not anymore expended by the thousands. This is a step forward away from sheer genocide. The Security Council’s conception of Iraqis is nevertheless that they are not human beings but a herd of 20 million sheep whose minimal needs are reduced to foodstuffs, medicines and some undefined ‘essential civilian needs’ to be determined at a closed committee meetings by well-groomed gentlemen in New York.