With regard to the UN sanctions against Iraq mentioned in 'The Alternative Dossier' (October SR), under Resolution 661 imports such as food and medicine were specifically exempt from the embargo.
But Britain and the US who dominate the Sanctions Committee have banned or delayed such items as baby food, X-ray machines, heart and cancer drugs, chlorine, and a wide range of contracts related to food, water, health, sanitation, education and agriculture.
Which leads me to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Article 8, 2b (xxv) defines a war crime as 'intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare by depriving them of objects indispensable to their survival, including wilfully impeding relief supplies as provided for under the Geneva Conventions'.
Article 7, 2b defines a crime against humanity and states that ' "extermination" includes the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population'.
In article 6 genocide is defined as: (a) killing members of a group; (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.
Saddam Hussein is a vicious dictator, but in their obsessive efforts to defeat him Britain and the US have inflicted massive harm on the innocent Iraqi population. It is understandable why Muslim peoples hate Britain and the west. The hypocrisy and double standards practised by Blair and his imperialist crew are vile and vicious.