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Edwards 01 chap01 25 27/10/05 16:09:24 26 Guardians of Power There is it seems to me, (an 83 year old man and for many decades a reader of the Observer), a tendency on the part of so many journalists/analysts/ commentators to now go along with what they appear to assume is the line which will best ingratiate them with or not estrange them from ‘the establishment’, by accepting the arguments of those such as Hain, Bradshaw, Straw whose axes are continuously being ground with a view to being wielded to ensure ongoing political power.
But you are killing a rare and beautiful bird. In twenty years your ﬁne universities will be using the sanctions on Iraq as an example of how not to pursue foreign policy. html) The Daily Telegraph twisted the truth out of all recognition in another article: There was no more bitter argument in the run-up to the war than the allegation by Left-wing activists, Arab nationalists and Muslim extremists that United Nations sanctions were ‘murdering’ Iraqi children by denying them food and medicine. They blamed Britain and the United States, which had maintained the sanctions in the face of growing opposition from France and Russia.
We noted Nick Cohen’s comments from March 10, 2002: I look forward to seeing how Noam Chomsky and John Pilger manage to oppose a war which would end the sanctions they claim have slaughtered hundreds of thousands of children who otherwise would have had happy, healthy lives in a prison state (don’t fret, they’ll get there). (‘Blair’s Just a Bush Baby’, Observer, March 10, 2002) Media Lens then received this reply from Nick Cohen on March 13, 2002: The problem with the sanctions cause starvation theory is that: 1.