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Posted on 02/21/2003 5:17:34 AM PST by sparkomatic

53 questions and answers about Iraq and the US, you can't find them on CNN

Al-Jazeerah, 2/19/03*

- Here's some information worth knowing that you'll ever get on CNN. Do you know enough to justify going to war with Iraq ? Take the War on Iraq IQ Test:

1. Q: What percentage of the world's population does the U.S. have?
A: 6%
2. Q: What percentage of the world's wealth does the U.S. have?
A: 50%
3. Q: Which country has the largest oil reserves?
A: Saudi Arabia
4. Q: Which country has the second largest oil reserves?
A: Iraq
5. Q: How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide?
A: $900+ billion
6. Q: How much of this is spent by the U.S. ?
A:50%
7. Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN?
A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan ).
8. Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II?
A: 86 million
9. Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons?
A: Since the early 1980's.
10. Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical and biological weapons on their own?
A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the US government, along with Britain and private corporations.
11. Q: Did the US government condemn the Iraqi use of gas warfare against Iran ?
A: No
12. Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988?
A: 5,000
13. Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time?
A:0
14. Q: How many gallons of Agent Orange did America use in Vietnam ?
A: 17 million.
15. Q: Are there any proven links between Iraq and September 11th terrorist attack?
A: No
16. Q: What is the estimated number of civilian casualties in the Gulf War?
A: 35,000
17. Q: How many casualties did the Iraqi military inflict on the western forces during the Gulf War ?
A: 0
18. Q: How many retreating Iraqi soldiers were buried alive by U.S. tanks with ploughs mounted on the front?
A: 6,000
19. Q: How many tons of depleted uranium were left in Iraq and Kuwait after the Gulf War?
A: 40 tons
20. Q: What according to the UN was the increase in cancer rates in Iraq between 1991 and 1994?
A: 700%
21. Q: How much of Iraq 's military capacity did America claim it had destroyed in 1991?
A: 80%
22. Q: Is there any proof that Iraq plans to use its weapons for anything other than deterrence and self defense?
A: No
23. Q: Does Iraq present more of a threat to world peace now than 10 years ago?
A: No
24. Q: How many civilian deaths has the Pentagon predicted in the event of an attack on Iraq in 2002/3?
A: 10,000
25. Q: What percentage of these will be children?
A:Over 50%
26. Q: How many years has the U.S. engaged in air strikes on Iraq ?
A: 11 years
27. Q: Was the U.S and the UK at war with Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
A: No
28. Q: How many pounds of explosives were dropped on Iraq between December 1998 and September 1999?
A: 20 million
29. Q: How many years ago was UN Resolution 661 introduced, imposing strict sanctions on Iraq 's imports and exports?
A: 12 years
30. Q: What was the child death rate in Iraq in 1989 (per 1,000 births)?

A: 38 31. Q: What was the estimated child death rate in Iraq in 1999 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 131 (that's an increase of 345%)
32. Q: How many Iraqis are estimated to have died by October 1999 as a result of UN sanctions?
A: 1.5 million
33. Q: How many Iraqi children are estimated to have died due to sanctions since 1997?
A: 750,000
34. Q: Did Saddam order the inspectors out of Iraq ?
A: No
35. Q: How many inspections were there in November and December 1998?

A:300 36. Q: How many of these inspections had problems?
A:5
37. Q: Were the weapons inspectors allowed entry to the Ba'ath Party HQ?
A: Yes
38. 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.
39. 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%
40. Q: Is Iraq willing to allow the weapons inspectors back in?
A: Yes
41. Q: How many UN resolutions did Israel violate by 1992?
A: Over 65
42. Q: How many UN resolutions on Israel did America veto between 1972 and 1990?
A: 30+
43. Q: How much does the U.S. fund Israel a year?
A: $5 billion
44. Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons?
A: 8
45. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Iraq have?
A: 0
46. Q: How many nuclear warheads does US have?
A: over 10,000
47. Q: Which is the only country to use nuclear weapons?
A: the US
48. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Israel have?
A:Over 400
49. Q: Has Israel ever allowed UN weapons inspections?
A: No
50. Q: What percentage of the Palestinian territories are controlled by Israeli settlements?
A: 42%
51. Q: Is Israel illegally occupying Palestinian land?
A: Yes
52. Q: Which country do you think poses the greatest threat to global peace: Iraq or the U.S. ?
A: ?
53. Q: Who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"?
A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

* Al-Jazeerah received it by email without an author's name mentioned.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 53; aljazeera; facts; interestingfacts; lies
I searched for this and couldn't find it in FR so forgive me if it's already been posted.

My mom sent me this. She probably believed every word in it.
I'd like to see you guys pick it apart.

1 posted on 02/21/2003 5:17:35 AM PST by sparkomatic
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To: sparkomatic
7. Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN?
A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan ).

Who cares ... most of the rest of the world can go hang as far as I'm concerned. After all they all seem to hate America.

8. Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II?
A: 86 million

Most of these people were killed by communists (liberal democrats) ... see China, Cambodia and the Soviet Union

2 posted on 02/21/2003 5:24:50 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Take charge of your destiny, or someone else will)
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To: sparkomatic
Al-Jazeerah, 2/19/03*
Does your mom have any idea who she is quoting here?
4 posted on 02/21/2003 5:26:16 AM PST by William McKinley (You're so vain, you probably think this tagline's about you)
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5 posted on 02/21/2003 5:28:37 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Freeper Caribbean Cruise May 31-June 6, Staterooms As Low As $610 Per Person For Entire Week!)
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To: sparkomatic
My mom sent me this. She probably believed every word in it.

I am so sorry. Really.

6 posted on 02/21/2003 5:29:55 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: sparkomatic
45. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Iraq have?
A: 0
46. Q: How many nuclear warheads does US have?
A: over 10,000

Then I think we should share, and give at least a few of them to Iraq, and save them the trouble of dealing with finicky detonators and detonate them as they arrive...

7 posted on 02/21/2003 5:33:04 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is a war room".)
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To: sparkomatic
This is a brilliant example of rhetorical technique, without much in the way of substance.
Its hard to refute only because it doesn't say anything, its all innuendo.
They never come out and say that the US shouldn't invade Iraq because we should feel guilt over capitalism and freedom working to the tune of 50% of the wealth and 6% of the population, so you can't refute it. In the softer liberal head, an emotion is evoked and they don't know why.
It builds to a crescendo with each factoid, some of which aren't factoids but obvious fabrications--like Israel was never ordered to have weapons inspections--the West universally condemned Sodom for gassing his own people when it was de-classified and made known, of course no one decryed it when they didn't know about it...
8 posted on 02/21/2003 5:39:43 AM PST by Scarlet_Pimpernil
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To: sparkomatic
7. Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN? A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan ).

Anyone know what the US spends in foreign aid each year? I'm sure it's not 40 billion, but I think it's over $10 billion. And I'm sure Germany and France also make heavy contributions to provide the world with "essentials".

9 posted on 02/21/2003 5:41:15 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: sparkomatic
1. Q: What percentage of the world's population does the U.S. have?
A: 6%
2. Q: What percentage of the world's wealth does the U.S. have?
A: 50%
Liberty and capitalism work.
3. Q: Which country has the largest oil reserves?
A: Saudi Arabia
4. Q: Which country has the second largest oil reserves?
A: Iraq
Kinda shoots the whole war-for-oil argument to pieces. Because we don't appear to be going to war with Saudi Arabia, do we?
5. Q: How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide?
A: $900+ billion
6. Q: How much of this is spent by the U.S. ?
A:50%
Which does put us in a position to be able to do things when our national interests are threatened. Good.
7. Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN?
A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan ).
How much does the UN collect in dues from various nations?

And another question- how much do we spend, per year, on foreign aid? And how long have we been doing so?

So why have the essentials not been provided for these people?

The answers to those questions are the reasons why those two questions from the propagandists are gibberish.

8. Q: How many people have died in wars since World War II?
A: 86 million
How many wars have broken out between two democracies?

Wouldn't that be a good reason to get rid of dictators and foster the growth of Democracy?

9. Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons?
A: Since the early 1980's.
10. Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical and biological weapons on their own?
A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the US government, along with Britain and private corporations.
Better let them keep it then, damn the consequences!
11. Q: Did the US government condemn the Iraqi use of gas warfare against Iran ?
A: No
The author apparently never heard of the "Prevention of Genocide Act of 1988".
12. Q: How many people did Saddam Hussein kill using gas in the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988?
A: 5,000
13. Q: How many western countries condemned this action at the time?
A:0
The author apparently never heard of the "Prevention of Genocide Act of 1988".

Etc etc etc. By the way, by answering these questions as I chose to I am in no way stating I think there is any validity to any of the numbers or assertions being made by the author.

10 posted on 02/21/2003 5:41:31 AM PST by William McKinley (You're so vain, you probably think this tagline's about you)
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To: ClearCase_guy
In 1995 it was up to just over 12.5 billion per year.

Hey, with that huge oil reserve, how much does Iraq contribute to providing the necessities of life for those the UN says could have it with a mere 40 billion?

11 posted on 02/21/2003 5:43:30 AM PST by William McKinley (You're so vain, you probably think this tagline's about you)
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To: William McKinley
You guys are doing great. Thanks.
12 posted on 02/21/2003 5:48:35 AM PST by sparkomatic
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To: sparkomatic
5. Q: How much is spent on military budgets a year worldwide?
A: $900+ billion
6. Q: How much of this is spent by the U.S. ?
A: 50% [that would be 450 billion] - Wrong: FY 2000 = 304 billion, FY2001 = 329 billion, FY2002 = 350 billion, FY 2003 (requested) = 397 billion]
7. Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN?
A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan )
Wrong 10% for 2002 would be 35 billion, actual figure [total foreign affairs] 21 billion - which means the US is already funding 60% of what the UN claims is needed to ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world!!!
13 posted on 02/21/2003 5:54:02 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate
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To: sparkomatic
Q: Is Israel illegally occupying Palestinian land?

NO ! ! !
14 posted on 02/21/2003 5:54:38 AM PST by bsaunders
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To: sparkomatic
9. Q: How long has Iraq had chemical and biological weapons?
A: Since the early 1980's.
10. Q: Did Iraq develop these chemical and biological weapons on their own?
A: No, the materials and technology were supplied by the US government, along with Britain and private corporations.

Send your Mom this PDF file, with my compliments:

WHO ARMED IRAQ, 1982-2001 SIPRI(liberal vermin, here's the truth)acrobat file

It's a ridiculous argument anyway. If we indeed gave Saddam weapons, and he misused them, why isn't it incumbent on US to take them away? Why aren't the peaceniks in support of that? Why aren't they CLAMORING for us to do that? Hmmm?

49. Q: Has Israel ever allowed UN weapons inspections? A: No

Israel has never agreed to inspections as part of the terms of surrender after LOSING A WAR OF AGGRESSION that they started. That is the only reason Iraq agreed to inspections, and they've been violating their agreements since they signed on the dotted line. We were stupid to even let them keep helicopters.

45. Q: How many nuclear warheads does Iraq have? A: 0

I wouldn't be so sure about that. Depleted uranium wouldn't cause a 700% increase in cancer (assuming one believes the "estimated" UN stats, which I do not). REAL radioactive material might do that, though.

41. Q: How many UN resolutions did Israel violate by 1992? A: Over 65

How many were binding resolutions and not just the usual non-binding harumphing blather from the same group of communists and Israel-hating Arab countries that wanted to turn the Durban racism conference into an anti-Israel forum?

Why so many questions about Israel, anyway? They're totally beside the point.

23. Q: Does Iraq present more of a threat to world peace now than 10 years ago? A: No

This is eerily correct. Iraq has presented a threat to world peace since the Baath party, a bastard child of the Nazi party, came to power. Iraq was also one of the first countries to attack Israel, and I don't mean in the UN.

Saddam wants a pan-Arab socialist state with himself as absolute ruler. He's been a threat to world peace for decades, not just 10 years. And getting rid of him won't end the problem. The Baath party must be destroyed as well.

15 posted on 02/21/2003 6:00:27 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: sparkomatic
What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world, according the UN?

A: 10% (that's about $40 billion, the amount of funding initially requested to fund our retaliatory attack on Afghanistan ).

That's preposterous. There are over 5 billion people in the world. Do they mean to tell me that 8 bucks will provide me the essentials of life?

16 posted on 02/21/2003 6:04:18 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: William McKinley
How much does the UN collect in dues from various nations?

UN Claims it needed for 2001 - 2002: 2.5 Billion (Source UN Web Site)

US Contribution 2002: 300 Million = ~23-24% (Source US State Department Budget)

For Peacekeeping the UN needed 2 Billion (UN), US Contribution 844 Million = 42% (State)

And another question- how much do we spend, per year, on foreign aid? And how long have we been doing so?

Since 1962, the US has spent (in constant 1996 dollars [I dont have conversion rates to any other year!!]) $733,380,895,773 (any average of almost 2% of total revenues [$42,496,709,383,530] and approximately 16% of the total debt [4,438,262,616,470] this country has incurred since 1962) (Source State & Treasury)

So why have the essentials not been provided for these people? Maybe because the UN and all of the regimes it supports are corrupt??

The answers to those questions are the reasons why those two questions from the propagandists are gibberish.

Dittos

17 posted on 02/21/2003 6:09:03 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate
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To: sparkomatic
can i sell your mom some swamp land ?
18 posted on 02/21/2003 6:16:08 AM PST by gdc61
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To: ClearCase_guy
The following figures are in constant 1996 US Dollars:

Total Foreign Aid per from 1996 through 2002 (all figures in Millions):

1962 29,398
1963 11,547
1964 24,406
1965 22,561
1966 22,573
1967 22,488
1968 22,493
1969 18,970
1970 16,855
1971 15,202
1972 16,406
1973 13,497
1974 17,188
1975 19,418
1976 16,403
1977 14,977
1978 16,538
1979 15,213
1980 23,505
1981 21,967
1982 19,261
1983 17,731
1984 22,638
1985 22,304
1986 19,039
1987 15,253
1988 13,289
1989 11,214
1990 16,295
1991 17,972
1992 17,663
1993 18,450
1994 17,901
1995 16,821
1996 13,496
1997 14,978
1998 12,681
1999 14,500
2000 15,971
2001 15,784
2002 18,535
Total 733,381

Source: US Treasury Department & US State Department
19 posted on 02/21/2003 6:18:47 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate
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To: sparkomatic
Q: What percent of US military spending would ensure the essentials of life to everyone in the world

The only way US military spending could have that effect is if we used it to throw out Third World kleptocrats and install functional political systems based on the principles that enabled the West to succeed. That's too big a job to do everywhere, even for the US, and in any case military intervention is only justified in the case of a clear and present threat.

20 posted on 02/21/2003 6:22:07 AM PST by steve-b
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To: Mr. Bird; sparkomatic
There are over 5 billion people in the world. Do they mean to tell me that 8 bucks will provide me the essentials of life?

Socialist math.

Check this out. Apparently the Iraqis get a wheelbarrow full of food rations for "only twelve cents a month". Oy, the markup we capitalists must endure!

And yet there's so much food in free countries...

Remember Somalia? We threw food and money at that hellhole with both hands, and the gangs took control of the distibution. Thugs, communists, and all liberal sociaL engineers have an vested interest in making sure people literally cannot LIVE without them.

You could take ALL of America's wealth away and people would still be starving in the same numbers. That's they way these people work.

21 posted on 02/21/2003 6:30:18 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Mr. Bird
Forgot to include the link:

Iraq's Celebrated Ration System to Be Tested in Event of War

22 posted on 02/21/2003 6:41:37 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: ClearCase_guy
Anyone know what the US spends in foreign aid each year? I'm sure it's not 40 billion, but I think it's over $10 billion

Not even close! We're offering Turkey $26 billion for the use of it's bases for our troops. That's almost two years of NASA's budget.

23 posted on 02/21/2003 6:45:27 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Plus de fromage, s'il vous plait...)
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To: buccaneer81
Not even close! We're offering Turkey $26 billion for the use of it's bases for our troops

First of all, that's not foreign aid, it's bribery, but I digress. The total U.S. foreign aid appropriation for '02 was approximately $15 billion. That's not nearly enough to validate the people who think all of their tax money is going to foreign countries, but that doesn't stop them from chicken-littling the issue to death.

24 posted on 02/21/2003 6:54:44 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Dark Nerd
Here's the process: first start with a premise you want to "prove." Next make up a bunch of sh*t that "proves" your point. Finally, sit back smugly and gloat.
25 posted on 02/21/2003 6:57:29 AM PST by ncpastor
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To: hellinahandcart
If Socialists controlled the Atlantic Ocean, there would be a shortage of salt water.
26 posted on 02/21/2003 7:06:34 AM PST by wjcsux
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To: sparkomatic
Q: How many casualties did the Iraqi military inflict on the western forces during the Gulf War ? A: 0

Bullshite.

These service members are not actually buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but are memorialized there. Memorials are erected when there are no identifiable remains for an individual whose death has been substantiated. Should remains be recovered at a later date, the deceased will be buried in a new location and the memorial stone will be interred with the coffin.

Air Force Capt. Jorge Artega Memorial Headstone #512
Navy AMSAN Allen Scott Carter Memorial Headstone #534
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Barry Thomas Cooke Memorial Headstone #515
Air Force AMS3 James Edward Crockford Jr. Memorial Headstone #516
Marine Capt. William David Cronin Jr. Memorial Headstone #518
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher Memorial Headstone #517
Navy Lt.jg. David Albert Warne Memorial Headstone #519
Navy Lt. Robert Dwyer Memorial Headstone #513
Navy Lt. James H. Love Memorial Headstone #514

 

The following Gulf War dead have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery:

NAME BURIAL DATE BURIAL SITE
Air Force Capt. Thomas Clifford Bland Jr. May 20, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7713
Army Lt. Col. David Allen Douthit May 10, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7714
Air Force Capt. Dixon L. Walters April 18, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7715
Navy AKC Richard P. Swanson April 12, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7716
Navy Lt. Patrick K. Connor April 11, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7717
Marine Lance Cpl. Kip A. Poremba March 28, 1991 Section 1, Grave 440-F
Army Capt. Joseph. G. Kime III March 26, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7718
Army Spec. Tommy Don Butler March 19, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7719
Marine Lance Cpl. James Reyes Lang March 12, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7720
Sgt. 1st Class William Thomas Butts March 12, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7721
Army Maj. Marie Therese Rossi March 11, 1991 Section 8, Grave 9872
Army Pfc. Robert L. Daugherty March 8, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7722
Army Pfc. Timothy A. Shaw March 7, 1991 Section 8, Grave 9871 
Marine Lance Cpl. Troy L. Gregory March 4, 1991 Section 60, Grave 7723
Army Sgt. Maj. Patrick R. Hurley Feb. 28, 1991 Section 32, Grave 513
Capt. Jonathan R. Edwards Feb. 15, 1991 Section 69, Grave 1239

27 posted on 02/21/2003 7:16:26 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: Mr. Bird
First of all, that's not foreign aid, it's bribery

IMHO all foreign aid is bribery, whether the recipient be a dictator or the general population. "Hearts and Minds" all that bulls**t, you know.

28 posted on 02/21/2003 7:29:33 AM PST by buccaneer81 (Plus de fromage, s'il vous plait...)
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To: Maigrey
self ping for tonight
29 posted on 02/21/2003 8:21:27 AM PST by Maigrey (Part of the Gonzo News Service)
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To: sparkomatic
Written by a jealous UN commie. They act as though North America has riches and we are just hogging them all. They never think that the American people create their wealth, their food, and their products. To them, wheat just grows on every street corner, and clothes grow on bushes.
30 posted on 02/21/2003 8:24:22 AM PST by PatrioticAmerican (Arm Up! They Have!)
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To: PatrioticAmerican
bttt
31 posted on 02/21/2003 8:34:23 AM PST by tang-soo
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To: sparkomatic
22. Q: Is there any proof that Iraq plans to use its weapons for anything other than deterrence and self defense?

A: No

Yeah, aside from that whole invading Kuwait thing, and firing Scud missiles on non-combatant Israelis during the Gulf War.

38. 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: Which former UNSCOM chief uses the Internet to lure underage girls for sexual liasons? A: Scott Ritter

32 posted on 02/21/2003 8:45:58 AM PST by Sloth (I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!)
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To: sparkomatic
I'll try a few:

20. Q: What according to the UN was the increase in cancer rates in Iraq between 1991 and 1994?
A: 700%

Probably because there were more doctors there immediately after the war to make proper diagnoses.


30. Q: What was the child death rate in Iraq in 1989 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 38
31. Q: What was the estimated child death rate in Iraq in 1999 (per 1,000 births)?
A: 131 (that's an increase of 345%)

Whoops, selective use of statistics here. It had been on a steady increase ever since Saddam took over in 1978, when Iraq's economy compared favorably with Portugal's. He also conveniently ignores the fact that this is a result of Saddam putting all of his oil-for-food money into WMD and palaces instead of civilian basics.


A couple of the rest (U.S. is only country to go nuclear) are too simple to bother with.
33 posted on 02/21/2003 1:16:46 PM PST by jiggyboy
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