Monday, November 19, 2012

Killing Iranian Children - informationliberation

Killing Iranian Children - informationliberation:
By Jacob G. Hornberger

It was inevitable. Today the Guardian reported the first death of an Iranian child from the U.S. Empire’s sanctions on Iran. The death of 15-year-old Iranian Manoucherhr Esmaili-Liousi brings to mind the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children from the 11 years of sanctions that the Empire enforced against Iraq during the 1990s.

According to the article, the boy suffered from haemophilia, and he died as a result of a shortage of medicine brought on by the sanctions. He died in the hospital after his parents were unable to find the medicine needed to save him.

The number of Iranian deaths is almost certain to rise. The article cited a detailed report recently published by the New York Times on how sanctions were suppressing medical imports, including such things as the tetanus vaccine and baby milk.

A spokesman for the British government, which supports the sanctions and which once practiced its own brutal imperial policies against Iran, the fault lies with Iranian officials who, the spokesman said, could make other choices.

That was, of course, the same verbiage that U.S. officials used about Iraqi officials as those Iraqi children were dying year after year.

On one level, they proclaimed that Saddam was building nuclear bombs and other WMDs and that if he would just stop, the sanctions would be lifted.

But on another level, U.S. officials were much more honest—they made it clear that the sanctions were about regime change. If Saddam would leave office and be replaced by a pro-U.S. stooge, then the sanctions could be lifted. As long as Saddam stayed in power, however, the sanctions would remain in place, no matter how many children had to die. 

Madeleine Albright, the official spokesman for the Empire to the United Nations, expressed the imperial mindset perfectly when she said that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children were, in fact, “worth it.” It is undoubtedly the same mindset that now drives the sanctions on Iran...