As NATO enters its second month of air attacks against Yugoslavia, bombs also continue to rain on Iraq, in the ongoing bombing air campaign by the U.S. and Britain. And although U.S. and British warplanes drop bombs on southern and northern Iraq an average of once every other day, these attacks receive scant attention from the media.
While NATO continues to call its air campaign against Yugoslavia a "humanitarian mission," no one is talking about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq caused by U.S. policy. According to United Nations figures, an average of 4,500 children under the age of five die in Iraq every month because of US-UN imposed economic sanctions. Well, this week, more than 1,300 individuals and organizations signed an appeal to end the sanctions against Iraq, which is set to appear as a full-page ad in the New York Times.
And students at over 100 campuses around the country this week will be holding marches, vigils, teach-ins and other activities, in an event known as the "National Days of Student Action Against the U.S. Sanctions and Bombing War on Iraq."
- Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and renowned political dissident. He has written dozens of books, including ??Profit Over People and ??Manufacturing Consent.
- Rania Masri, Coordinator of the Iraq Action Coalition and 4th year doctoral student in Forestry at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She is one of the organizers of the "National Days of Student Action Against the U.S. Sanctions and Bombing War on Iraq."