Iraq: September 11, 1999


The Gulf Cooperation Council (representing most of the Gulf Arab states) called on Iraq to comply with all the UN resolutions passed against it. Iraq has been waging a lengthily and intense propaganda campaign in the Gulf to gain support from the other Gulf states to have the UN embargo lifted. Iraq has also been using Western humanitarian groups to pressure their governments to life the embargo, using the argument that the embargo is causing a shortage of medicine and food and thus causing the death of millions of Iraqi children and adults. There is some dispute regarding this assertion, for Iraq is now generating more money from oil sales than it did before the 1991 war. But the US refuses to allow imports of anything that might have military use. This includes much industrial and transportation equipment (certain types of trucks) that the Iraqis insist are needed to distribute food and medicine. 


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