U.S. Pressure Against Iraq:

Economic Sanctions and Plans for War

(May 20, 2002)

On May 14, the U.N. Security Council voted to extend the economic sanctions against Iraq for another six months.

Even though the U.S. government claims that these new sanctions are designed to ease the flow of civilian goods, thousands of essential items will continue to be banned or subject to arbitrary regulations. In particular, many items have been termed "dual use" (humanitarian goods which allegedly can be used for military purposes) and will be subject to review by the U.N.

In short, the U.S. is continuing to use the U.N. Security Council to impose its political dictate on Iraq and cripple it economically.

In addition, the U.S. government is keeping up its deafening propaganda about Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction. Even though U.N. inspectors have repeatedly verified that Iraq has no such weapons, the U.S. is using this as a pretext to prepare for renewed military attacks.

U.S. government officials have prepared plans a full scale invasion with as many as 250,000 troops for early next year.