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The Scourging of Iraq: Sanctions, Law and Natural Justice

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The Scourging of Iraq describes the impact of the 1991 Gulf War and subsequent economic sanctions on the Iraqi people. Evidence is presented to show that food and medicine are being denied to the civilian population, and that this involves a gross violation of the 1977 Protocol 1 addition to the 1949 Geneva Convention, which includes the words: "Starvation of civilians as ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published June 15th 1998 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published October 1st 1996)
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Naeem
May 08, 2012 Naeem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book makes the case that the US actions in the first war on Iraq were a form of genocide. The documentation is thorough, extensive, and exhaustive.

Simons makes little effort, however, to assess why the US is engaged in such genocide.

I read the first 40 pages and skimmed the concluding chapter. I would consider using this book in a course as way to enter the discussion of US involvement in Iraq and other 3rd world spaces.

Miriam Day
Mar 01, 2015 Miriam Day rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A history that the UK and US would rather we forgot

Geoff Simon's book 'Iraq from Sumer to Saddam', a useful history of 'Mesopotamia' and modern Iraq, demonstrates that he is no apologist for the Ba'ath Party or Saddam Hussein.

In 'The scourging of Iraq' he details the workings of the UN Security Council (led by Britain and North America) vis a vis sanctions against the Iraq, from 1990 to 1997. Subsequent to the 2003 invasion Iraq's poverty, the terrible state of its health service, infrastructure
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Martin
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I must write a full review of this book. For now, it is a devastating indictment of U.S.-supported UN sanctions against Iraq.
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Geoffrey Leslie Simons was a British freelance writer. In the 1980s, he was chief editor at the National Computing Centre in Manchester. A prolific author of non-fiction, he wrote books about sex, computers and politics, particularly the history of the Middle East. [wikipedia]
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