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IRAQ: BAGHDAD: FARRAKHAN CONDEMNS UN SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAQ

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English/Nat Louis Farrakhan, the controversial American leader of the Nation of Islam, has compared U-N sanctions against Iraq to the horrors the Jews endured in concentration camps during the Second World War. Farrakhan blasted the sanctions at a press conference in Baghdad while on a visit to meet President Saddam Hussein. The U-S State Department has condemned Farrakhan's Middle East and African tour which includes meetings with radical leaders of Libya and Iran. An amicable beginning to a meeting between Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Louis Farrakhan, the American leader of the Nation of Islam movement. The religious leader is here as part of his Mideast and African tour which has included a visit to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He used this press conference in Baghdad as an opportunity to blast the six-year-old United Nations sanctions that have been crippling Iraq since the Gulf War. SOUNDBITE: (English) "We visited the Children's hospital... and I must say if I were made of stone, seeing what I saw today would bring tears from my eyes. Sanctions is a crime against humanity. Sanctions are a weapon of mass destruction regardless of the political differences that the United Nations or others may have against President Saddam Hussein and his government or policies. To impose sanctions of the magnitude that have been imposed on any nation is sentencing that nation to death. Visiting the hospital that we visited today would be or could be compared to visiting one of the death camps. Maybe Auschwitz or some of the other horrors of the Jewish people. There's no human being who could visit Auschwitz that would not be touched." SUPERCAPTION: Louis Farrakhan, Leader of the Islamic Nation Movement in the U-S- A Farrakhan went on to say he felt all Americans, regardless of race, would react to what he saw in the same way. The American government, however, is harshly condemning Farrakhan's tour. In particular, the state department cites his praise of a Muslim cleric convicted of conspiring to blow up New York City landmarks as "inexcusable." You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/803c4b7feaad8c295220f34829ff87ab Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork