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Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by the Guardian (UK)
Let Them Eat Bombs
The doubling of child malnutrition in Iraq is baffling
by Terry Jones


A report to the UN human rights commission in Geneva has concluded that Iraqi children were actually better off under Saddam Hussein than they are now.

This, of course, comes as a bitter blow for all those of us who, like George Bush and Tony Blair, honestly believe that children thrive best when we drop bombs on them from a great height, destroy their cities and blow up hospitals, schools and power stations.

It now appears that, far from improving the quality of life for Iraqi youngsters, the US-led military assault on Iraq has inexplicably doubled the number of children under five suffering from malnutrition. Under Saddam, about 4% of children under five were going hungry, whereas by the end of last year almost 8% were suffering.

These results are even more disheartening for those of us in the Department of Making Things Better for Children in the Middle East By Military Force, since the previous attempts by Britain and America to improve the lot of Iraqi children also proved disappointing. For example, the policy of applying the most draconian sanctions in living memory totally failed to improve conditions. After they were imposed in 1990, the number of children under five who died increased by a factor of six. By 1995 something like half a million Iraqi children were dead as a result of our efforts to help them.

A year later, Madeleine Albright, then the US ambassador to the United Nations, tried to put a brave face on it. When a TV interviewer remarked that more children had died in Iraq through sanctions than were killed in Hiroshima, Mrs Albright famously replied: "We think the price is worth it."

But clearly George Bush didn't. So he hit on the idea of bombing them instead. And not just bombing, but capturing and torturing their fathers, humiliating their mothers, shooting at them from road blocks - but none of it seems to do any good. Iraqi children simply refuse to be better nourished, healthier and less inclined to die. It is truly baffling.

And this is why we at the department are appealing to you - the general public - for ideas. If you can think of any other military techniques that we have so far failed to apply to the children of Iraq, please let us know as a matter of urgency. We assure you that, under our present leadership, there is no limit to the amount of money we are prepared to invest in a military solution to the problems of Iraqi children.

In the UK there may now be 3.6 million children living below the poverty line, and 12.9 million in the US, with no prospect of either government finding any cash to change that. But surely this is a price worth paying, if it means that George Bush and Tony Blair can make any amount of money available for bombs, shells and bullets to improve the lives of Iraqi kids. You know it makes sense.

Terry Jones is a film director, actor and Python. He is the author of Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror. Check out www.terry-jones.net

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You should be tried as a subversive traitor to the U.S. and when found guilty, publicly executed on pay per view.
Funny. That is what I was thinkng of you as you try to walk all over this American's right to free speech. You are the traitor MRTIKKET! People like you should be expelled to a third world country for at least a year to live like the majority of humans do on this planet. Maybe then something might sink past your brainwashed, media obese, numb mind.
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Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 by the Guardian (UK)
Let Them Eat Bombs
The doubling of child malnutrition in Iraq is baffling
by Terry Jones
After they were imposed in 1990, the number of children under five who died increased by a factor of six. By 1995 something like half a million Iraqi children were dead as a result of our efforts to help them.

Terry Jones is a film director, actor and Python. He is the author of Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror. Check out www.terry-jones.net

© 2005 Guardian Newspapers, Ltd.

I really like your post, thanks, don't get me wrong.

The one point here I think deserves some exploration because while this was going on Saddam was raking in profits through violations of UN sanctions and abuse of the Oil for food program. He had billions to spend on building lavish palaces but none to feed the children. There is plenty of blame to go around on this point.
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I don't think anyone disputes that Saddam was a bad man who misspent funds intended for humanitarian efforts. Many folks believe the sanctions were counterproductive precisely because Saddam could starve his people and then blame the US directly for their plight. Not unlike Castro's use of the equally insane US embargo of Cuba to great political effect domestically.
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I love your sense of humor, Z. Please feel free to not fart in my general direction....or I may taunt you some more.[:D]

As to the UN report, considering the recent abject failures of the UN to police itself, I have to say that I am not surprised that they would like to deflect attention away from thier rapes etc. of children in africa, to some manufactured opinion of the condition of children in Iraq. Which children, were being robbed necessties by thier govt. while the the watchful eyes of the UN glazed over by disinterest.

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I'm ashamed of you. You underestimate the thoughtfulness and careful planning that have gone into the Bush administrations policies. They fully anticipated the increase in death rates and planned in advance for this contingency. If the death rates of children double, the solution is simple: Increase the birth rates. This is very easily achieved by denying condoms and information on birth control and abortion previously given to women. The Bush administration put this policy into effect long before the Iraq war and should be commended for their foresight.
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Z:
I'm ashamed of you. You underestimate the thoughtfulness and careful planning that have gone into the Bush administrations policies. They fully anticipated the increase in death rates and planned in advance for this contingency. If the death rates of children double, the solution is simple: Increase the birth rates. This is very easily achieved by denying condoms and information on birth control and abortion previously given to women. The Bush administration put this policy into effect long before the Iraq war and should be commended for their foresight.
Careful KE, He might fart in your general direction too. I understand he ate egg salad sandwiches for dinner last night![:0]

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Who makes up the UN Human rights commission (what people from where) that sits in judgement of affairs around the world, - and just how credible are their pronouncements, - as in, - are they credibly worth quoting?
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