Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Catskill Mtns., NY, USA
I don't like embargoes -- I oppose the embargo against Cuba and opposed the embargo against South Africa as well -- but I think we should all be honest that even if there were no embargo on Iraq, the average Iraqi citizen would still be living in misery brought about by the Iraqi government. (On a slightly related topic, people in Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, and Amman would still be living in misery even if there were no Jewish state in Israel.)
Most famines are caused not by a lack of food, but by the food not being distributed. Look at Ethiopia, where the Marxist government of the mid-80s decided to use Western food aid as a weapon in its war against Eritrean separatists by only giving food aid to people in the southern part of Ethiopia.
Only when we're honest about the fact that simply lifting the sanctions won't solve the problem of the misery of the Iraqi people can we begin to come up with a credible foreign policy.