We write out of recent first- hand experience of Iraq, whose ordinary people - Shia, Sunni and Christian, Arab and Kurd - suffer the malnutrition and preventable disease to which sanctions directly contribute.
These were not the objectives of sanctions. Yet many ordinary Iraqis ask what current UN policy is attempting to achieve. While motives and strategic aims remain unclear, the issue of sanctions will be used to provoke tension in the Gulf.
The debate must begin now.
Bishop of Leicester
Co-ordinating Secretary for
International Affairs, Council of
Churches for Britain and Ireland
Senior Programme Officer
(Gulf), Christian Aid
The Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland
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