Caught Between The Iraq Embargo...And A Kurdish Quagmire

Like many businessmen in southeastern Turkey, Sadik Yigit can't wait for the U.N. to lift its ban on trade with Iraq--even if renewed commerce helps bolster the cash-strapped regime of Saddam Hussein. "Saddam is a maniac and everyone would like to see him gone, but the sanctions are hurting us more than him," says Yigit, owner of a roadside restaurant in Midyat, about 80 kilometers northwest of the Iraqi border. Before the embargo, imposed in 1990 after Saddam invaded Kuwait, Yigit's restaurant was full of hungry truck drivers. "Now, there's hardly any traffic through here," and the place hardly earns enough to stay open, he says. Other businesses have succumbed: Boarded-up storefronts are a common sight along Midyat's main road.

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