McKinney Supports Protestors Against Iraqi
August 9, 2000
Washington - Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), a member
of the International Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the
International Operations and Human Rights Subcommittee, expressed
her admiration and support of the protestors who marched in front
of the White House against US sanctions against Iraq on Monday.
DC Police arrested more than 100 marchers, many of whom carried
signs saying, "Sanctions are Mass Murder" and "Sanctions Suck the
Life out of Countries."
The United Nations placed economic sanctions on Iraq after its
Aug. 2, 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Officials in Baghdad say that since
then, almost 1.5 million Iraqis, including 500,000 children may
have died as a result of the sanctions.
Those still alive and suffering are in desperate need of medical
supplies and attention. The International Red Cross called the conditions
in Iraq, "increasingly desperate."
Commenting on the protest, McKinney said, "The sanctions being
held against Iraq do not affect the leaders or the targets as intended
by the United Nations. The sanctions should target Hussein and his
elite service, rather than the innocent men, women, and children
of the country who are powerless to change the brutal dictatorship
that victimizes them."
"These US-led sanctions hit the weakest of Iraqi society and victimize
them yet again for being powerless and poor. This is certainly no
way to effect change in the regime, but rather to prolong its life--as
we have amply seen." McKinney concluded.