The United States continued this week to bomb the U.S.-British imposed no-fly zones in the north and south of Iraq, and Iraq said that at least three civilians were killed and a number injured in the latest attacks. As ordinary Iraqis continue to suffer from the effects of the air strikes, the American Friends Service Committee has just initiated a tour of the United States to speak out against economic sanctions, another U.S. policy in Iraq with deadly consequences. The United Nations has acknowledged that at least 1,000 Iraqi children die monthly from the effects of sanctions, while Iraqi health officials put the total deaths at over one million since the sanctions were first imposed in 1991 after the Gulf War.
- Dennis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq.
- Phyllis Bennis, Fellow from the Institute for Policy Studies, and author of Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s U.N. and Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader.