Iraq, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
I began my life in journalism, by begging my way, into an unpaid apprenticeship with Amy Goodman, the host of democracy now, and it was during the nineteen nineties and Bill Clinton was President Saddam Hussein was firmly entrenched in power as the dictator of Iraq. And that country was suffering. An unimaginable way the nine hundred ninety one Gulf war launched by President Bush had decimated Iraq civilian infrastructure. A modern Middle East nation had been bombed back decades water and sewage treatment facilities had been attacked. Systematically. Cancer rates were skyrocketing and hospitals could not import basic medicines analgesics cancer treatments. That's because Bush followed up his destruction of Iraq by imposing what would become the most sweeping economic sanctions in history. What that meant is that Iraq civilian infrastructure was obliterated. During the bombing and the war, and then it was prohibited from rebuilding the country or even offering the most basic medical care when Bill Clinton defeated George H W Bush and won the presidency in nineteen ninety two one of his first acts as president was to bomb Iraq, the justification for that bombing was an alleged plot by Saddam Hussein to assassinate Bush on a visit to Kuwait that turned out to be totally false. But Bill Clinton's bombing killed several Iraqi civilians, including the famed painter Layla, I'll tar throughout the Clinton years. Iraq was bombed on average once every three days under the guise of the so-called no-fly zones. And it was in this period that I began traveling to Iraq as a young reporter and many of the stories I did focused on the ongoing death toll and suffering caused by Bush's war and the economic weapon of sanctions one and a half year old Hamudi Abbass is going die. Maybe a week. Maybe. A month maybe in a year. But his doctor says he won't see third birthday. Moody was just diagnosed with them foam cancer of the lymph nodes his face is severely disfigured by a large softball tumor compresses against his left eye. He wears around his neck that says, I love my, mommy. The Bebe is covered in the blood that moody has been coughing up. His doctor Muhammed Kamo says that with adequate drugs moody, would have a solid chance of beating the cancer. But he says the because of shortages caused by the US led sanctions the necessary drugs are simply not available. Some of them some of even. Moody is one of the thousands of children in.