Friday, December 03, 2004

Rethinking sanctions

This is not intended as an attack on the UN, rather as an attempt to learn from past mistakes.

The UN sanctions on Iraq had mixed results. If we are to want to use sanctions (instead of military action) in the future, against Iran or North Korea, it is worth looking at what happened.

Norman Geras has a long look at this issue.

The BBC Companies in 'oil-for-food scam' -
The BBC has found evidence of corruption by companies around the world doing business with Iraq while it was under the sanctions regime.
In The Age -
The United Nations knew that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was stealing from the oil-for-food program - and, by extension, starving his own people - but did little to stop it, according to a special report by the BBC at the weekend.

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