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  1. pa28

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    Do you know enough to justify going to war with Iraq?

    Q: What percentage of the world's population does the U.S. have? A: 6%
    Q: What percentage of the world's wealth does the U.S. have? A: 50%
    Q: Which country has the largest oil reserves? A: Saudi Arabia
    Q: Which country has the second largest oil reserves? A: Iraq
    Q: How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide? A: $900+ billion
    Q: How much of this is spent by the U.S.? A: 50%
    Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the the UN? A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan).
    Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II? A: 86 million
    Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons? A: Since the early 1980's.
    Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical & biological weapons on their own? A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the US government, along with Britan and private corporations.
    Q: Did the US government condemn the Iraqi use of gas warfare against Iran? A: No
    Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988? A: 5,000
    Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time? A: 0
    Q: How many gallons of agent Orange did America use in Vietnam? A: 17 million.
    Q: Are there any proven links between Iraq and September 11th terrorist attack? A: No
    Q: What is the estimated number of civilian casualties in the Gulf War? A: 35,000
    Q: How many casualties did the Iraqi military inflict on the western forces during the Gulf War ? A: 0
    Q: How many retreating Iraqi soldiers were buried alive by U.S. tanks with ploughs mounted on the front? A: 6,000
    Q: How many tons of depleted uranium were left in Iraq and Kuwait after the Gulf War? A: 40 tons
    Q: What according to the UN was the increase in cancer rates in Iraq between 1991 and 1994? A: 700%
    Q: How much of Iraq's military capacity did America claim it had destroyed in 1991? A: 80%
    Q: Is there any proof that Iraq plans to use its weapons for anything other than deterrence and self defense? A: No
    Q: Does Iraq present more of a threat to world peace now than 10 years ago? A: No
    Q: How many civilian deaths has the Pentagon predicted in the event of an attack on Iraq in 2002/3? A: 10,000
    Q: What percentage of these will be children? A: Over 50%
    Q: How many years has the U.S. engaged in air strikes on Iraq? A: 11 years
    Q: Was the U.S and the UK at war with Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999? A: No
    Q: How many pounds of explosives were dropped on Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999? A: 20 million
    Q: How many years ago was UN Resolution 661 introduced, imposing strict sanctions on Iraq's imports and exports? A: 12 years
    Q: What was the child death rate in Iraq in 1989 (per 1,000 births)? A: 38
    Q: What was the estimated child death rate in Iraq in 1999 (per 1,000 births)? A: 131 (that's an increase of 345%)
    Q: How many Iraqis are estimated to have died by October 1999 as a result of UN sanctions? A: 1.5 million
    Q: How many Iraqi children are estimated to have died due to sanctions since 1997? A: 750,000
    Q: Did Saddam order the inspectors out of Iraq? A: No
    Q: How many inspections were there in November and December 1998? A: 300
    Q: How many of these inspections had problems? A: 5
    Q: Were the weapons inspectors allowed entry to the Ba'ath Party HQ? A: Yes
    Q: Who said that by December 1998, "Iraq had in fact, been disarmed to a level unprecedented in modern history." A: Scott Ritter, UNSCOM chief.
    Q: In 1998 how much of Iraq's post 1991 capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction did the UN weapons inspectors claim to have discovered and dismantled? A: 90%
    Q: Is Iraq willing to allow the weapons inspectors back in? A: Yes
    Q: How many UN resolutions did Israel violate by 1992? A: Over 65
    Q: How many UN resolutions on Israel did America veto between 1972 and 1990? A: 30+
    Q: How much does the U.S. fund Israel a year? A: $5 billion
    Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons? A: 8
    Q:How many nuclear warheads has Iraq got? A: 0
    Q: How many nuclear warheads has US got? A: over 10,000
    Q: Which is the only country to use nuclear weapons? A: the US
    Q: How many nuclear warheads does Israel have? A: Over 400
    Q: Has Israel every allowed UN weapons inspections? A: No
    Q: What percentage of the Palestinian territories are controlled by Israeli settlements? A: 42%
    Q: Is Israel illegally occupying Palestinian land? A: Yes
    Q: Which country do you think poses the greatest threat to global peace: Iraq or the U.S.? A: ????
    Q: Who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"? A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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