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Senator Joseph Biden, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has said that the war on Iraq could cost $100 billion. Others have pointed out that it could cost up to one trillion dollars. According to a report issued by the National Priorities Project, $100 billion is enough to provide health care for every uninsured child in the United States of America for five years, it is more than three times the total international affairs budget of the US, and it is three times what the federal government spends on K-12 education.

Medact has released a comprehensive estimate of the total humanitarian, economic, global, and environmental cost of a war against Iraq. To view the report, please click here.

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So we had to take out Iraq, under the pretense of defending Kuwait. First we bombed Iraq brutally: 110,000 aerial sorties in forty-two days, an average of one every thirty seconds, which dropped 88,500 tons of bombs. (These are Pentagon figures.) We destroyed the infrastructure - to use a cruel euphemism for life-support systems. Take water, for example: We hit reservoirs, dams, pumping stations, pipelines, and purification plants. Some associates and I drove into Iraq at the end of the second week of the war, and there was no running water anywhere. People were drinking water out of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

--Ramsey Clark in a Sun Magazine interview

The sanctions regime imposed on the people of Iraq for over a decade is one of the great injustices of our time. UNICEF has shown that economic sanctions have contributed to the death of half a million children.

This is not simply a crime against the children of Iraq and millions of Iraqi families. It is a violation of internationally recognised human rights and humanitarian standards.

Plunged into mass poverty, Iraqis need jobs and living wages. The UN Security Counci Security Council's own 'Humanitarian Panel' concluded in 1999 that the humanitarian crisis in Iraq will continue until there is a 'sustained revival of the Iraqi economy'.

Yet the sanctions are designed to damage the Iraqi economy and prevent such a revival.

--Archbishop Desmond Tutu, quoted in Church Times

Post-Saddam occupation scenario

With a so-called "Shock and Awe" combat philosophy, the US plans to launch 800 cruise missiles at Baghdad in two days -- more than twice what was launched in the entire Gulf War -- in order to create "this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes." The Pentagon is also planning for the possible use of nuclear weapons against Iraq.

January 28, 2003

"'There will not be a safe place in Baghdad,' said one Pentagon official who has been briefed on the plan."

"'We want them to quit. We want them not to fight,' says Harlan Ullman, one of the authors of the Shock and Awe concept which relies on large numbers of precision guided weapons.

"'So that you have this simultaneous effect, rather like the nuclear weapons at Hiroshima, not taking days or weeks but in minutes,' says Ullman.

"'You're sitting in Baghdad and all of a sudden you're the general and 30 of your division headquarters have been wiped out. You also take the city down. By that I mean you get rid of their power, water. In 2,3,4,5 days they are physically, emotionally and psychologically exhausted,' Ullman tells Martin."

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