Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Japan, next month, will vote on a measure to send SDF troops to Iraq for peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.

To send SDF personnel to Iraq, the government must create a law separate from the U.N. Peacekeeping Activities Cooperation Law, which requires the government to win consent from a nation before an SDF contingent is sent to that country, the sources said.

Humanitarian aid to be given by the SDF under the envisaged law would include:

--Transport and distribution of food, medical supplies and other daily necessities to Iraqis.

--Medical treatment of wounded Iraqis.

--Reconstruction of facilities destroyed in the war.

However, the list of SDF activities in Iraq would not include logistic support for U.S. and British forces stationed in that country, including communications and supplies, according to the sources.

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