"So ask yourself this when you see people in Basra running around begging the Brits for food, where did all the money go to feed those people? Now watch the Americans in the "New" Presidential Palace. See the marble floors, and the gold faucets, and the crytsal chandeliers. Then ask your self again, why are the people of Basra asking for food from the British?
Because these people have suffered 12 years of US/UK maintained sanctions. Many countries, like France and Russia, wanted these sanctions either to be lifted completely or to be changed, but the US and the UK always opposed. And since the US had a veto, the UNSC
could not change the sanctions.
These sanctions were put in place to have Saddam comply with several UNSC
resolutions. They were therefore aimed at the regime, not at the people. Yet the sanctions ONLY hit the Iraqi people. The US/UK also led the UN committee to decide what were considerred 'prohibited goods for Iraq' under the sanctions, and they did a thorough job on preventing such basic items like medicines to be imported by Iraq, yet could not prevent Saddam building 19 new palaces. If that wasn't an indication at that time that the sanctions were not working and should therefore have been changed, as France and Russia insisted upon many times, the US/UK opposed and maintained the sanctions as they were.
So one can state that it was the US and the UK that, by opposing the sanctions to be changed, permitted Saddam living in 1st Class Palaces while his people were dying because of lack of basic medicines.
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