[Hermit 8] The Geneva Convention is absolutely clear. In a 1979 protocol relating to the "protection of victims of international armed conflicts," Article 54, it states: "It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies, and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive."
[Hermit 8] Did the US do this? Joe Dees says yes.
[Joe Dees 4] We did degrade their water supplies, but we didn't actively infect the people (as the analogy to passing out smallpox blankets would have indicated), although we did, and had good reason to, suspect that nature would do that for us, in the absence of the good sense by the Iraqi population to boil their drinking water prior to consuming it. I wonder if Saddam Hussein even tried to tell his people to boil their drinking water, and if not, if he refused to do so because he was all too willing to have some of them die in order to exploit a propaganda point.
[Hermit 8] Was my original contention incorrect, here it is again.
[Hermit 1] In contravention of the Convention to Prevent Genocide, the United States took and is taking deliberate action designed to cause and disseminate lethal pathologies in Iraq in the anticipation that this would eventually lead to revolution. Instead about 1 million of the children of Iraq have died of these diseases.
[Hermit 8] The DIA said that bombing the water infrastructure would lead to epidemics. WHat was the cause of the epidemics, US bombing of civilian infrastructure.
[Hermit 8] Are these epidemics disseminating? The UN says that they are now endemic.
[Hermit 8] The UN says that 2 million Iraqis are dead because of this action combined with the sanctions, over half of them children.
[Hermit 8] What does Joe Dees say? The genocide is all the Iraqis' own fault.
[Hermit 8] Where have we heard this Bull Shit before?
[Hermit 8] Ah yes, Nuremburg. There it was all the Jews' fault.
[Hermit 8] In Iraq , the genocide is all the Palestinians' fault.
[Hermit 8] In the Palestine, the genocide is all the Palestinians' fault.
[Hermit 8] Or is it?
[Hermit 8] "Surely the extermination of Jews in gas chambers is not comparable to the slow death inflicted in Iraqi children by deprivation. But from another angle the latter is even more despicable. The genocide against Jews was perpetrated in the greatest secret and without the blessing of the "civilized world". The crimes against Iraqi civilians are committed in full day-light, with the blessing of the ruling "civilized nations" and with the tacit support of the educated classes in these nations. Those who keep silent and are legally able to speak up, are morally accomplices to this crime." -- Elias Davidsson, Musician and a Palestinian Jew, 4/16/1999 posted in the open forum of www.arabamerican.com
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