A Policy of Genocide: "They thought Iraq would be a cakewalk. After all, for years, its army was being depleted of fresh recruits in preparedness for an attack. Half a million Iraqi children were killed[i] during the 13 years of sanctions leading to the 2003 invasion - “Mission Accomplished”. The sanctions imposed on Iraq following the First Gulf War, under the watchful eyes of the Pentagon, monitored the degradation of Iraq's water supply. Reports itemized the likely outbreaks of 'acute diarrhea' brought on by bacteria such as E. coli, shigella, and salmonella, or by protozoa such as giardia, which would affect 'particularly children,' or by rotavirus, which would also affect 'particularly children,' a phrase it put in parentheses. Also cited were possibilities of typhoid and cholera outbreaks.” “Gastroenteritis was killing children. . . . In the south, 80 percent of the deaths were children (with the exception of Al Amarah, where 60 percent of deaths were children).'"