cj#888> (fwd) Ramsey Clark letter to Security Council


Richard Moore

Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 22:23:57 -0800
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Subject: [NPC/IAC List] Ramsey Clark letter to Security Council
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 1999 19:26:08 -0500
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Ramsey Clark letter to Security Council

The following letter was sent from Ramsey Clark to the five new
members of the United Nations Security Council--The Netherlands (the
chair of the Sanctions Committee), Argentina, Canada, Malaysia, and
Namibia.  Along with the five permanent members who have the
veto--U.S., UK, China, France, and Russia--there are ten
non-permanent members who sit on the council for two years.

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January 5, 1999

Dear Ambassador,

You and your government take seats on the Security Council at a
critical time.  The next two years will determine whether tens of
thousands of people in Iraq live, or die, and millions sustain
painful, crippling permanent injuries from further malnutrition and
sickness which could have been avoided altogether, or quickly cured if
medicines and clean water had not been denied by Security Council
sanctions.  The independence and sovereignty of every nation and the
integrity and viability of the United Nations depends on Security
Council action now to end these sanctions, acknowledge their harm and
prohibit future imposition of sanctions designed to kill, injure and
degrade an entire population.  Your action in this moment of moral
crisis will be judged in history.

These facts are undeniable:

1.  Since August 6, 1990, the forty-fifth anniversary of the
incineration of Hiroshima by an atomic blast, Security Council
sanctions have killed more than a million and a half people in Iraq,
mostly infants, children, elderly and chronically ill and left
millions more stunted, with crippled bodies, shortened lives, and
minds scarred by the realization that rich nations forced this
devastating impoverishment and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment
on their entire people.

2.  The Security Council sanctions against Iraq are a genocidal act.
The sanctions were imposed with the "intent to destroy in whole or in
part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such."
They have caused "serious bodily and mental harm" and inflicted
"conditions of life calculated to bring about the physical
destruction" of the people of Iraq.  (Article II, Convention on the
Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, 78 U.N.T.S. 277.)

3.  No fear or hatred of Saddam Hussein, and no threat to peace or
life that the present government of Iraq might pose can justify the
imposition or continuation of these sanctions.  No failure to comply
with a Security Council resolution can justify the imposition of
genocidal sanctions against the people within a nation or criminal
military assaults against a defenseless population.  The Security
Council must find morally acceptable means for the prevention of war
and international violence.  It must meet the highest standards for
international conduct, not the most deadly and violent.  Other nations
have defied Security Council resolutions for decades, developing and
stockpiling weapons of mass destruction including nuclear bombs all
the while, without any Security Council penalty.

4.  The Security Council has been coerced, deceived, misled and
manipulated for eight years by the United States to cause it to
maintain economic sanctions against Iraq as a justification for the
United States military domination in the region through the presence
of the largest naval armada since World War II in order to control the
natural resources located there and the economies of the nations
worldwide who are dependent on them.

The poor and powerless of the world and the future viability of the
United Nations depend on you to act now to end the sanctions against
Iraq.  Dante found the hottest places in the Inferno were reserved for
those who in time of moral crisis did nothing.  History will long
celebrate courageous action by you to end these sanctions in this
moment of maximum peril.

I am enclosing a copy of Challenge To Genocide, the latest in a
series of six books by the International Action Center documenting
the criminal military assaults on Iraq by the United States with the
approval or acquiescence of the U.N. and the genocidal eight years of
sanctions.  Enclosed is an article by Stephen Kinzer in Sunday's New
York Times attesting again to the fact that informed people everywhere
know the U.N. sanctions are a crime against humanity.

With deep love for your people, hope for their government and a
passionate desire to see the United Nations fulfill its mandate, end
the scourge of war, prohibit economic sanctions which impoverish a
people and establish peace for all.

Ramsey Clark

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor
to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal
bread. -Anatole France

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