The US Government Punishes People For Helping Dying Children

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Jacob Hornberger via The Future of Freedom Foundation,

In my article “The Evil of Killing Children,” I pointed out how the U.S. government, in an attempt to achieve regime change in Iraq, knowingly and intentionally killed hundreds of thousands of innocent children in Iraq.

Unfortunately, killing those innocent Iraqi children was not the only evil action taken by U.S. officials regarding the Iraq sanctions. They also went after an American man for trying to help the children that U.S. officials were trying to kill with their sanctions.

The man’s name is Bert Sacks. They didn’t try to kill him but they did prosecute him both criminally and civilly for trying to help the Iraqi children who U.S. officials were killing.

What specifically did Sacks do that caused U.S. officials to put him in their sights? He took medicine to Iraq. That infuriated U.S. officials because the medicine that Sacks took into Iraq interfered with their ability to kill more Iraqi children, which in turn, impeded their ability to achieve regime change in Iraq.

In a 2003 article entitled “Sanctions in Iraq Hurt the Innocent in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Sacks explained the origins and consequences of the U.S. government’s system of sanctions against Iraq.

He began the article by focusing on the large number of Iraqi children that that the U.S. government killed with the sanctions. Quoting an article from the New York Times magazine, he wrote: “American officials may quarrel with the numbers but there is little doubt that at least several hundred thousand children who could reasonably have been expected to live, died before their fifth birthdays.” Sacks then cited Richard Garfield, a health specialist at Columbia University, who estimated the death toll among the Iraqi children to be 400,000.

We also should also note that when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright was asked in 1996 whether the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children were worth it, she didn’t deny the number and said that the deaths were, in fact, worth it. After she said that, no other U.S. official, to my knowledge, took her to task, either on the number of Iraqi children they had killed up to that year or the fact that the official U.S. spokesperson to the UN considered the deaths to be worth it. (The sanctions weren’t lifted until 2003, after the U.S. government had finally achieved regime change with its invasion of Iraq.)

While it’s true that several hundred thousand doesn’t rise to the number of people killed by Hitler’s Nazi regime or Stalin’s communist regime, nonetheless hundreds of thousands is not a small number of dead people. Moreover, while all innocent life is sacred, it seems, instinctively, that killing innocent children might be more evil than killing innocent adults.

Citing the New England Journal of Medicine, Sacks pointed out that during the Persian Gulf War, “The [U.S. government’s] destruction of the country’s power plants had brought [Iraq’s] entire system of water purification and distribution to a halt, leading to epidemics of cholera, typhoid fever, and gastroenteritis, particularly among children.”

One of the important things to note about the sanctions, which were continued after the war, is that they prevented Iraq from repairing the water and sewage treatments that the U.S. military had intentionally destroyed during the war. Naturally, that ensured that that the cholera, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, and other illnesses would continue, particularly among the Iraqi children, who were dying en masse.

A 1991 Washington Post article pointed out:

The worst civilian suffering, senior officers say, has resulted not from bombs that went astray but from precision-guided weapons that hit exactly where they were aimed — at electrical plants, oil refineries and transportation networks. Each of these targets was acknowledged during the war, but all the purposes and consequences of their destruction were not divulged. Among the justifications offered now, particularly by the Air Force in recent briefings, is that Iraqi civilians were not blameless for Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait.


“The definition of innocents gets to be a little bit unclear,” said a senior Air Force officer, noting that many Iraqis supported the invasion of Kuwait. “They do live there, and ultimately the people have some control over what goes on in their country.”

A 1991 New York Times article cited in Sacks’ article pointed out what U.S. officials were aiming for: “Ever since the trade embargo was imposed on Aug. 6, after the invasion of Kuwait, the United States has argued against any premature relaxation in the belief that by making life uncomfortable for the Iraqi people it will eventually encourage them to remove President Saddam Hussein from power.”

In a 2002 article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a U.S. official was quoted on U.S. policy: “We have made it clear that the world would be better off with a regime change in Iraq. Regime change has always been part of United States policy.”

The article also pointed out, “After 12 years of sanctions, Saddam is still in power but more than 70 percent of the population does not have clean drinking water.” As a 2011 article in the Seattle Times put it, “For 12 years, Iraqis had bacteria-infected water. The result was cholera, typhoid and gastroenteritis. Add malnutrition and a shortage of common medicines. The problem was known; in 1992, the New England Journal of Medicine raised the alarm about it. By the late 1990s, UNICEF estimated that an extra half a million Iraqi children had died because of war and sanctions.”

The U.S. government just didn’t care because that was their aim — to kill as many Iraqi children as necessary with their sanctions until the Iraqi people cried “Uncle” and ousted Saddam from power and replaced him with a pro-U.S. dictator.

Enter Bert Sacks. Struck by conscience by the massive number of deaths that his own government was inflicting on the children of Iraq, Sacks traveled to Iraq with $40,000 in medicines to help the victims of the sanctions.

Not surprisingly, Sacks attracted the attention of U.S. officials, who deemed him an anti-American criminal for helping America’s enemies by bringing them medicine that could save their lives.

To make it appear that they were not objecting to Sack’s bringing medicine into Iraq, the U.S. government filed criminal charges against him and also levied a civil fine of $10,000 on him $10,000 for spending money in Iraq. They said that spending money in Iraq violated their sanctions.

The criminal charges went nowhere but U.S. officials pursued the civil fine with an obsession that bordered on the pathological.

To the everlasting credit of Bert Sacks, who can only be described as a genuine real-life hero for standing up against manifest evil, he told the U.S. government to go take a hike. He told them that he would never pay their stupid and evil fine.

U.S. officials went after Sacks with the same vengeance they pursued against the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi children they were killing, harassing Sacks for years in an Ahab-like manner in their angry attempt to collect their $10,000 fine. While the money was no doubt important to them, what was much more important was sending a message to other Americans: Don’t even think of helping people in Iraq, including the innocent children we are killing, because doing so interferes with our foreign policy goal for Iraq, which is regime change.

Sacks stood his ground. Like Hans von Sponek, Dennis Halliday, and Jutta Purghart, the three UN officials who resigned their positions in a crisis of conscience over the U.S. government’s killing of Iraqi children, Sacks steadfastly followed the convictions of his conscience and refused to pay the fine.

In 2012, a U.S. federal court threw out the government’s claim against Sacks, which now totaled $16,000 with accumulated interest, based on a technicality. While the decision did not save the lives of any Iraqi children, at least in the case of the U.S. government versus Bert Sacks, good triumphed over evil.

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khnum's picture

As Madeleine Albright said the death of 500,000 children was worth it,you are dealing with people that dont have a soul to sell.

open calender's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

b-sugar's picture

The day you'll go full time we can only catch on you fortune500

lake's picture

How are your knees holding out?

Blanco Diablo's picture

Open Orifice, I can't help but to wonder what is your semenal flow rate ?? You have to be a negative vacuum BJ machine!

It is a shame you lost your position in the Obama Admin.

Xredsx's picture

Greed corrupts a man soul. Remember who you are if you manage to change your stars one day. Remember the things that  are truly important because Success isn't about how much you have, Success is about who you are. 

SoDamnMad's picture

Give that woman the Medal of Freedom.  Like the Nobel Prize and the Medal of Freedom are worth 2 cents.

Offthebeach's picture

Well, in defense of Madey ( not too ) Albright, she with her aqulin features, never, not once suspected she was Jewish.  Add the bitterness  that a basketball didn't change the North Korean regime of Kim il 2, well, she was crushed, browken,  a former shell of ther towering intellectual self.  

jaxville's picture

  I wish I would have never read this story.  How truly sad.  So what evil allegedly perpetrated by the Nazis has not been eclipsed by the US gov't?

gatorengineer's picture

And all that medicine made it to the children of Iraq right......

Xredsx's picture

You are enslaved by your government. They squander  you wealth and spy on you. They tell you what to do, what to think and how to feel. All politicians rise to power with lies and broken promises. They only make out that they care for you but they just use you as pawns in a game of chess.... You have absolutely no idea what Freedom is... Having your life dictated by thousands of laws... How many good decent people are currently locked up in jail with the murderers and rapists?

blanketof ash's picture

"Among the justifications offered now, particularly by the Air Force in recent briefings, is that Iraqi civilians were not blameless for Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait."

So, by extension, and according to those unnamed "senior officials", where does that leave the average American civilian when the chickens come home to roost?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


They do live there, and ultimately the people have some control over what goes on in their country.

...and Iraq wasn't even a Democracy®.

"Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever."
-- Thomas Jefferson

TheNuclearGenie's picture

Well, something has to be done to the horrible problem of overpopulation. Mankind is so fucking stupid not to realize this. Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller, and other intellectual giants knew this would happen already 60 years ago! They warned us and gave solutions but we just wont listen. Humanity will soon pay for its mistakes.

BennyBoy's picture


Both were greedy, stupid, murderous bitches who killed many, many people for money.

Batman11's picture

Kill yourself now and help solve the problem.



shutterbug's picture

Start solving the problem and jump from a skyscraper, but first ... throw your whole family from it ...

Humanity doesn't need genetics like that ....

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You spirochaetic cunt. You absolute fucking turd. You misguided shitty little worm. (You eight week old shit-stirring noob.)

There are ways to lower populations without needing to bring suffering to innocents, if lowering populations were even necessary (which it is not) you demented eugenicist ghoul. Populations regulate themselves, naturally; they always have, and they always will... you maniacal, demented, and idiotic waste of protein. Your mother should have swallowed and then shot herself in the uterus just to make sure, you degenerate sack of fermented bat shit.

Your end of the gene pool needs a chlorine treatment, pronto.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Thank you and well said. 

I know not all new posters are trash but there is definitely an influx of pure shit since ZH was put on the Fake Media list by the Fake Media. 

TheNuclearGenie's picture

I rest my case. I never said killing people was the solution.. Rather educating people about the dangers of overpopulation, just like many tried to do already half a century ago. Morons like you with an IQ of 80 is why the general public is so ignorant of this problem. Of course, nature does not care about you low life scum... good luck.

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You didn't say a thing about education you fucking maggot. Your tone was one of agreement (and your grammar sucks, btw.)

"Well, something has to be done to the horrible problem of overpopulation."

You quoted "Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller, and other intellectual giants", and if you think these men intellectual giants, that speaks loudly to the level of your own intellect. Frankly, I'm surprised you can even spell "IQ". They are killers both, documented and admittedly so. A good strategist does not an intellectual make.

Overpopulation never was a problem, it was an excuse, an excuse for eugenics, you sick twisted hump. If you don't know that much, I suggest you start reading up on the subject. Start with Malthus and keep going 'til you reach Holdren.

Growth is a legitimate problem, but it isn't the same; learn to distinguish.

Prince Philip and other sick individuals like him feel the herd needs to be culled. He is wrong. History proves it.



Bay of Pigs's picture

You absolutely demolished his argument. +1

This is Fight Club.

Sy Kloine Bee's picture

(((Sacks))) dindu nuffin.

shutterbug's picture

And people still think the USA is the land of "freedom" ???

It's the vilest country on earth supported by it's zombie population who doesn't think,

except about moronic subjects like safe spaces, next boob or butt job, ipad or car....

USA these days is disgusting.


saldulilem's picture

But she's all for the muslims, so it evens out.

lake's picture

ALL these murders are done in our name and WE say and do nothing about it. IT'S OUR FUCKING FAULT. The problem is that I don't know what to do about it. Best article, ever.

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"Among the justifications offered now, particularly by the Air Force in recent briefings, is that Iraqi civilians were not blameless for Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait.

 “The definition of innocents gets to be a little bit unclear,” said a senior Air Force officer, noting that many Iraqis supported the invasion of Kuwait. “They do live there, and ultimately the people have some control over what goes on in their country.”

A 1991 New York Times article cited in Sacks’ article pointed out what U.S. officials were aiming for: “Ever since the trade embargo was imposed on Aug. 6, after the invasion of Kuwait, the United States has argued against any premature relaxation in the belief that by making life uncomfortable for the Iraqi people it will eventually encourage them to remove President Saddam Hussein from power.”"


So following that logic, the American people apparently have some say as to what US foreign policy is, and can they themselves control it. Therefore, their children need to be starved to death so the US will leave other countries alone. Imagine the indignation such a comment would bring!

What of diplomacy?

To think anyone but Saddam Hussein had any power in Iraq to affect policy lies somewhere between mis-guided and idiotic.

To think that it is any different in Washington is equally so. Since when has a protest ever changed anything the USA does?


If 90% of the world's population were to disappear, nothing would change; if 0.01% of the world's population were to disappear, everything would. Which would be more humane?

Wahooo's picture

This should be made into a movie, I hope it is. Would love to see a box office hit and Oscar winning film called The Evil of Killing Children. What monsters we have running our nation!

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Don't shirk.

"What monsters we have running our nation!"

What monsters we allow to run our nation!

Wahooo's picture

We don't allow it. Our Constitution was designed to protect us from government but the Constitution has been destroyed, its rights largely ignored. Only a fool would throw himself alone against this evil. There is NOTHING to be done about it.

Miss Expectations's picture

You've no doubt heard of the bombing of Dresden.

Here are the other cities bombed into oblivion:


The Expulsion and Extermination of Eastern European Germans: An Overview

“Since the end of the war about 3,000,000 people, mostly women and children and overaged men, have been killed in eastern Germany and south-eastern Europe; about 15,000,000 people have been deported or had to flee from their homesteads and are on the road. About 25 per cent of these people, over 3,000,000 have died. About 4,000,000 men and women have been deported to eastern Europe and Russia as slaves. It seems that the elimination of the German population of eastern Europe – at least 15,000,000 people – was planned in accordance with decisions made at Yalta.” Senator Homer Capehart in a speech before U.S. Senate, Feb. 5, 1946.
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And Yalta was the beginning of the UN.

"I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes." -Winston Churchill

What a foundation to build upon.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

ZIO-Zombie USSA is indeed a Failed State - without even ONE shred of moral authority - with a Satanic "leadership" going all the back to Bush I

Miss Expectations's picture

"Governor, if I had foreseen the use those people
designed to make of their victory,
there would have been no surrender at
Appomattox Courthouse; no sir, not by me.
Had I foreseen these results of subjugation,
I would have preferred to die at Appomattox
with my brave men, my sword in my right hand."

Robert E. Lee

Miss Expectations's picture
War Crime: NATO Deliberately Destroyed Libya's Water Infrastructure

The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Yet this is precisely what NATO did in Libya, while blaming the damage on Gaddafi himself. Since then, the country's water infrastructure - and the suffering of its people - has only deteriorated further.

NATO bombs the Great Man-Made River

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Gaddafi built the largest water management project in the world in order to supply his population with clean water. Why would he then destroy it?

More propaganda against the socialist countries of the world.

anonymike's picture

This among many other crimes against humanity is why I don't simply refer to the us government as criminals. Instead, whenever mentioned, they are called "that mass murdering psychopathic criminal gang who call themselves us government". If large and accelerating numbers start doing the same, the increasingly obvious illegitimacy will help to expedite the collapse of us government in financial and moral bankruptcy, and make it less likely that their continuation of government plans will succeed.

lake's picture

What can we do? What can we do?

litemine's picture

It's the banks, the need profits on their books. Like Russia, the Cental Banks are not controled by the Fed thus an Enemy.

Saddam wanted to sell oil in Euro, Libia wanted gold for his Oil and others were destroyed for the flow of Oil.

America is defending the Petro Dollar and 76 countries that trade or allow the transport of fuels.

The American government is controled by the lobby groups, the Military defend this policy.

What can you do.....Wake up. Look around and see who votes for what ....Knowledge and Information passing

There will be a Revolt.......A French revolution style ........Those puppet masters and their Minnions do not deserve the Power they have used. Crimes Against Humanity. The Bankers skirt the Laws. Laws need to change.  Transparency.

Americans and Elitists in Europe well World Wide abused their Power and need to be removed.

Hey....It's for our Children........and Yes, a General Strike ......They will fight it ....remember Occupy Wall Street and how it got missdirected and was a Failure.......Be Prepared. They play Dirty.

lake's picture

Come to think of it, I do know what to do about it but I don't have the balls.

Joe Plane's picture

“The definition of innocents gets to be a little bit unclear,” said a senior Air Force officer, noting that many Iraqis supported the invasion of Kuwait. “They do live there, and ultimately the people have some control over what goes on in their country.”

Exactly like it is in the USA, isn't it?

DirtySanchez's picture

I've said it before and I will say it again....

HW Bush is the architect of the Evil Empire.

This piece of shit needed to find a new place to spend militarty industrial complex money.

HW chose the middle east and Saddam Hussein.

Every administration since has joined this war criminal and copied his abusive crimes against humanity.


Barney Fife's picture

I double dare anyone to attempt to disclaim the fact that our national policies are synthesized from the minds of Satanists. 

Only Lucifer could authorize shit like this to be cooked up AND executed. 

This is a residue from the minds of extraordinarily evil and wicked men. 

Not kidding folks, these people are Satanists. They worship Mammon, who is a diety of Satan. 

Ink Pusher's picture

If Sacks was a smarter animal he would have respected the sanctions and joined a registered aid agency or organization which was permitted under sanction to operate in the theater of operations.

I admire his goal of feeding and offering medical attention to  sick, wounded or hungry children, but his gross stupidity for overtly ignoring war sanctions cannot be overlooked.



madashellron's picture

There doing the same fucking thing in Syria today. The US Dept.of Treasury implemented sanctions on medical supplies and drugs that are are banned from being imported into Syria.  The US and coalition of the killing.  Are destroying water purification plants and bread factories. 

Falling Down's picture

Albright is a fat, disgusting warthog.