What are some statements and opinions made in Chapter 2, "Paying the Price," in The New Rulers of the World, that John Pilgers makes? http://johnpilger.com/videos/the-new-rulers-of-the-world

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"Paying the Price" discusses port blockades imposed against Ira by the US and the UK under the auspices of the United Nations. One of the epigrams heading the chapter quotes Madeleine Albright, former Ambassador to the UN: 

We think it is worth it ...
US Ambassador Madeleine Albright, when asked if the deaths if half a million Iraqi children were a price worth paying for sanctions [against Iraq].

She is, as the postscript shows, responding to the statistic that Pilger specifies in the Introduction enumerating 6000 children daily as victims of ocean blockades that sanctions allow for. This is one of the implied opinions Pilgers expresses in chapter 2: the price of thousands of children's deaths is a price too high to pay for "Medieval" actions against Iraq in hopes of attaining an end.

One statement Pilgers makes through the voice of medical Dr. Jawad Al-Ali is that the depleted uranium used by Us and British forces in the Iraq war have created a Chernobyl-like environment where the carcinogenic rate has risen to 48 percent of the population being afflicted; where mutations are seen in plant life, like enormous mushrooms and now inedible grapes, and in fish in the rivers, which are also now inedible. This is something that is not reported in US micro-bite news bulletins.

Through sculptor Mahammed Ghani, Pilgers makes the statement of the suffering families of civilians endure because there is not food for their children nor any medicine for them. Ghani is working on a line of figurines of all the waiting women "in a long line at the end of [his] road." The figurines show the waiting and the bowed heads of the women, their children "gripping" their legs, "pleading for food" before "a dispensary door that is permanently closed." The opinion Pilgers exposes here is that the suffering of the children and the corollary suffering of their mothers and that of their fathers is too high a price to pay for keeping chemicals--in the form of medical treatment drugs--that might conceivably be used to build weapons of mass destruction out of Iraq.