Former United States Attorney General, Ramsey Clark, describes in an interview, published by Russia Today 2 on Youtube on 17 Sep 2013, how sanctions imposed on Iraq by the United States and its allies, including Australia, since 1990 (when former dictator Saddam Hussein invaded neighbouring Kuwait to stop Iraqi oil fields from being 'slant drilled' into from Kuwait 1) have killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.
One estimate puts the death toll from the sanctions and two illegal wars against Iraq, the first in 1991 and the second beginning in 2003 at 3,300,000. As a result of these wars and sanctions, 1.3 million Iraqis fled to neighboring Syria, according to Wikipedia. As a result of fraudulent claims that Syrian government had massacred 108 of its own citizens at Houla on 25 May 2012, then Australian 'Labor' Foreign Minister Bob Carr increased existing sanctions against Syria and expelled Syria's ambassador. As of 12 January, these sanctions remain in force.
See, also, Australian sponsored genocide against Iraq 1990-2012 killed 3.3 million, including 750,000 children. That article was previously published on Global Research and, before that, on UK Progressive on 5 Dec 2012.
#fn1" id="fn1">1 #fn1txt">↑ As was confirmed by Wikileaks and Ron Paul's speech to Congress in 2012, the then United States ambassador to Kuwait, April Glaspie, led Saddam Hussein to believe that the US would not object to military action by Iraq against Kuwait.