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Many have argued that Saddam Hussein is holding aid in warehouses, not releasing it to the people and diverting it to his army and political allies. There is truth in this, certainly, but the UN's sanctions have never worked and have done nothing to weaken Hussein's hold on the country. Additionally, the United Nations, and particularly the United States, have worked tirelessly to keep Iraq from receiving the aid.

There is no denying the cruel and dictatorial leadership of Saddam Hussein. At the same time, there should be no denying the cruelty of the sanctions, and the United States' insistence on maintaining them.

(Source: Michael Moore, Bowling for Columbine)