Speaking in Australia in 2005, Rauf said these things and more:THINK ABOUT IT: How could 500,000 children die as a result of sanctions - but not their parents!? They took care of themselves but not their own kids!? Ascribing the toll to infant mortality rates is insane on its face: before sanctions the infant mortality rate in Iraq was SUPPOSEDLY (according to Saddam) about 50/1000, and under sanctions: 100/1000.
"We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims. You may remember that the US-led sanctions against Iraq led to the death of over half a million Iraqi children. ...
To accommodate the 500,000 EXTRA/SANCTION CAUSED infant mortality deaths, then Iraqis had to have been having 1,000,000 births per year during sanctions. NOT LIKELY FOR A POPULATION OF ONLY 20,000,000 - whose population GROWTH rate since 1960 was a pretty steady 2% EXCEPT WHEN IT WENT UP DURING SANCTIONS.
IRAQ'S POPULATION WENT UP STEADILY. THAT'S RIGHT FOLKS: exactly when folks like Imam Rauf and Bin Laden argue children were dying all over Iraq, the population was actually growing at a HIGHER rate than normal for Iraq for the decades before or since.
And, how could Saddam fail to get what THESE CHILDREN needed, but not fail to get banned weapons for his killing machine and terror regime?
All Saddam had to do to get sanctions dropped was allow UNFETTERED inspections - a requirement of the Armistice of the Gulf War.
Here's what WIKI says:
Estimates of civilian deaths resulting from the sanctions range from 170,000 to over 1.5 million, most of them children, to claims that these deaths resulted from Iraqi government policy (rather than the sactions), to claims that this number is unknown..Blaming the USA for one single drop of Iraqi blood makes no sense. It's nonsense. It's immoral.
[...] In The Nation, 2001, David Cortright argued that Iraqi government policy, rather than the UN Sanctions, should be held responsible. He wrote:
The differential between child mortality rates in northern Iraq, where the UN manages the relief program, and in the south-center, where Saddam Hussein is in charge, says a great deal about relative responsibility for the continued crisis. As noted, child mortality rates have declined in the north but have more than doubled in the south-center. ... The tens of thousands of excess deaths in the south-center, compared to the similarly sanctioned but UN-administered north, are also the result of Baghdad's failure to accept and properly manage the UN humanitarian relief effort.
It's as immoral as blaming FDR for ANY deaths in WW2. Hitler and Hirohito were to blame for ALL the death and ALL the destruction. Ditto Saddam for any and all damage as a result of sanctions or the wars.
Pam Geller - in the link above - also reiterates the genocidal nature and history of Islam: the bloodiest of any ideology in all of human history: nearly 300 MILLION killed. More than Stalin and Hitler and Mao and ALL the internecine Christian religious wars COMBINED!
Islam is history's most genocidal ideology, the most inimical to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Imam Rauf is a skilled diplomat for that genocidal ideology.
And he should be treated accordingly: with contempt.