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50 QUESTIONS ON IRAQ & THE UNITED STATES

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

1. Q: What percentage of the world's population does the US have? Answer: 6%

2. Q: What percentage of the world's wealth does the US 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 US? A: 50%

7. Q: What percentage 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
1980s.

10. 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 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 Sadism 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: None

14. Q: How many gallons of Agent Orange did America use in Vietnam? A:
17million.

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

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forces during the Gulf War? A: None

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: 11years

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

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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+

44. Q: How many countries are known to have nuclear weapons? A: 8

45. Q: How many nuclear warheads has Iraq got? A: 0

46. Q: How many nuclear warheads has US got? 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

50. Q: Who said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about
things that matter"? A: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charles Sheketoff, Executive Director


Oregon Center for Public Policy
P.O. Box 7, Silverton, OR 97381/USA