In a recent article for Le Monde Diplomatique, Denis Halliday, who, until his resignation last September, was in charge of administering the UN's humanitarian programme in Iraq, described the embargo as a form of collective torture.
Mr Simmons' argument is that we bear no responsibility for our actions because we would cease our torture if a third party - Saddam Hussein - were to do our bidding. This is an argument which any good torturer will applaud.
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