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Jun. 27th, 2004

Do you know enough to justify going to war with Iraq?

Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II?
A: 86 million

Military Budgets:

Q: How much is spent on military budgets per year worldwide?
A: Over $900 billion

Q: How much of this is spent by the U.S.?
A: 50%

Q: What percent of U.S. military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the the UN?
A: 10% (that’s about $40 billion, the amount initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan)

Q: How many years has the U.S. engaged in air strikes on Iraq?
A: 11 years

Q: Were the U.S and the UK at war with Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
A: No

Q: How many pounds of explosives were dropped on Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
A: 20 million

Chemical & Biological Weapons:

Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons?
A: Since the early 1980s

Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical & biological weapons on their own?
A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the U.S. government, along with Britain and private corporations

Q: Did the U.S. government condemn the Iraqi use of gas warfare against Iran?
A: No

Q: How many gallons of Agent Orange did America use in Vietnam?
A: 17 million

Q: How many tons of depleted uranium were left in Iraq and Kuwait after the Gulf War?
A: 40 tons

Q: What, according to the UN, was the increase in cancer rates in Iraq between 1991 and 1994?
A: 700%

Q: Are there any proven links between Iraq and the September 11th terrorist attacks?
A: No

Q: What is the estimated number of civilian casualties in the Gulf War?
A: 35,000

Q: How many retreating Iraqi soldiers were buried alive by U.S. tanks with plows mounted on the front?
A: 6,000

Q: How much of Iraq’s military capacity did America claim it had destroyed in 1991?
A: 80%

Nuclear Weapons:

Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons?
A: 8

Q:How many nuclear warheads does Iraq have?
A: 0

Q: How many nuclear warheads does the U.S. have?
A: Over 10,000

Q: Which is the only country to use nuclear weapons?
A: The U.S.

Civilian Deaths and UN Sanctions:

Q: How many years ago was UN Resolution 661 introduced, imposing strict sanctions on Iraq’s imports and exports?
A: 12 years

Q: What was the child death rate in Iraq in 1989 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 38

Q: What was the estimated child death rate in Iraq in 1999 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 131 (that’s an increase of 345%)

Q: How many Iraqis are estimated to have died by October 1999 as a result of UN sanctions?
A: 1.5 million

Q: How many Iraqi children are estimated to have died due to sanctions since 1997?
A: 750,000

Inspections:

Q: Who said that by December 1998, “Iraq had, in fact, been disarmed to a level unprecedented in modern history”?
A: Scott Ritter, UNSCOM chief

Q: How many inspections were there in November and December 1998?
A: 300

Q: How many of these inspections had problems?
A: 5

Q: Were the weapons inspectors allowed entry to the Ba’ath Party HQ?
A: Yes

Q: In 1998, how much of Iraq’s post-1991 capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction did the UN weapons inspectors claim to have discovered and dismantled?
A: 90%

Q: Is Iraq willing to allow the weapons inspectors back in?
A: Yes

Human Rights Violations:

Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988?
A: 5,000

Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time?
A: 0

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mysticknyght
Jun. 27th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
Human Rights Violations:

Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988?
A: 5,000

Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time?
A: 0


Hmmmm...that would have been that there Reagan guy...well, that explains it, for sure...

Well, said, m'lady, thanks for the list...
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