The Middle East : Lethal Legacy. Felicity Arbuthnot (13 September 2006) - Member of the BRussells Tribunal Advisory Committee http://www.brussels tribunal. org/Arbuthnot. htm 'You do not die because you are created or because you have a body, you die because you are the future.' Samih al-Qasim, Palestinian poet, from 'Victims of a Map', an anthology of Arab poetry. As the list of countries America is to 'liberate' grows, the dollar plummets and millions of them are pledged to the Iyad Allawis and Ahmed Chalabis (let's be blunt here, traitors) from Venezuela to Iran, Bolivia to Syria ('no country too small, too poor, too far away, not to be a threat, a threat to the American way of life' - William Blum : 'Rogue State') it has to be wondered (again) as all spins out of control into a madness that threatens the very planet, life on earth, how history (if we have one) will record the politics of the insane asylum, since 11th September 2001.
Consider this. An allied nation based on the displacement of people across the globe, their homes stolen, their Biblical and Mohammedan land, heritage, nurtured, tilled, revered, was donated (by western governments) to a people who had suffered an historic horror: the Holocaust, to which we now, rightly, have a memorial day. Yet in Israel's invasion of Lebanon, bombardment of Palestine the depleted uranium (DU) weapons used, are so lethal, that Israel, as well as the region, now has the soil in which they plant, the water they drink, the air they breathe, poisoned for a potential four and a half billion years. With the use and release of other lethal toxins, so is genetic damage to haunt future generations : 'until the sun goes out.' Israel's actions have set the region's yet to be conceived, on potential self destruct. It is only needed to view pictures of Iraq's congenital birth deformities after the use of depleted uranium (DU) weaponry there in the 1991 war - and those of the children conceived by returning US and UK soldiers, to look humanity's annihilation in the face. The bombs rushed to Israel (via the UK) were also DU, designated unanimously, a weapon of mass destruction by three UN sub-committees. 'Depleted' uranium is a misnoma. Uranium weapons are a product of the nuclear fuel cycle, thus contain all the lethal radioisotopes which should be stored in a high level nuclear waste facility, not disposed of over populations. 'Nuclear waste with fins on', is how one expert describes DU missiles. Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction which Prime Minister Blair assured Britain: 'could be launched in forty five minutes', but Britain, the US and Israel do - and did. Dr Doug Rokke was Pentagon Advisor on the clean up of the 1991 war in Kuwait and southern Iraq and principal author of the US Army manuals on disposal of DU and other myriad toxics (including chemical and biological weaponry residue) released by bombing and destruction. His time spent in the region with a team of one hundred was at huge cost. Their months there resulted in half dying of the radiation-related and toxicity-related diseases they were trying to prevent; those who survived are all chronically ill (including Dr Rokke) with the exception of the one operative who insisted on wearing full radiological protective clothing, in spite of the searing heat. The clean up was abandoned, the task impossible and the expense prohibitive. Cancers in Iraq have risen up to tenfold and birth deformities, some believed never before recorded, stalk Iraq's future generations. Kuwait and northern Saudi Arabia are known to be affected, but statistics from America's allies are hard to come by. Rokke has written a detailed paper ('Required Actions In Lebanon and Israel') advising on actions which should be taken by Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, to protect their people, though contamination will spread on the wind, he warns 'for hundreds of kilometres'. Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the region are all likely victims of the recent invasion, as they, with Kuwait doubtlessly were in the thirteen years of (and ongoing) bombing of Iraq. In context, the UK based Low Level Radiation Campaign (www.llrc.org. uk) measured a nine-fold rise in uranium in the air in London six days after the start of the 2003 bombing of Iraq. 'Hazardous materials have and will cause air, water and soil contamination and may be re-suspended and travel great distances ... throughout the region ..' states Rokke. Further, additional contaminants may include : phosphorous, mercury, napalm, nitro-glycerine, ammonium nitrate and a host of other life threatening and genetically altering poisons. With numerous reports also, of 'new chemical and biological weapons' having been used in Lebanon and Gaza and the additional lethal cocktail of toxic substances released by bombing of oil, industrial and chemical installations. Paola Manduca, Professor of Genetics at the University of Genoa, is so alarmed that she is covening a team of international experts of all relevant disciplines, to travel to the region at their own expense, to offer their scientific and analytical skills. 'Every destroyed building and destroyed equipment will be contaminated with uranium' says Rokke, adding: 'the operational risk of clearance is equivalent to that found in combat.' As UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expresses his 'concern' to Iran's leaders over their legitimate development of nuclear power, it would be interesting to know if bleated his 'concern' in Tel Aviv a few days ago about their illegitimate use. The 1977 Additional Protocol 1 to the Geneva Convention, Article 35, states that is prohibited to employ methods and means of warfare which are intended, or may be expected to cause widespread, long term and severe contamination to the environment. Article 55 states: 'Care should be taken in warfare to protect the natural environment against widespread, Long term and severe damage (prohibiting) means of warfare which are intended or may be expected, to cause such damage ... and thereby prejudice the health and survival of the population.. .. attacks against the natural environment by way of reprisals are prohibited.' Whilst Saddam (like it or not, still Iraq's legitimate President, say a raft of international law experts) stands trial in a kangaroo court, three rogue states have thrown international law books out of the window and committed crimes of historically unprecedented enormity. Given the extraordinary speed with which all factions of Lebanese society have mobilised to survey, then clear countless tons of rubble, Rokke's instructions have a tragic irony, as roads clog with hundreds of trucks, loaded with the debris of homes, businesses and the remains of all that was the industrial lifeblood of civil society. 'Cannibalisation of (damaged) equipment must be forbidden; soils, damaged building materials, asphalt should not be reused. Transported materials should follow procedure for radioactive waste ... should not be locally disposed of in burial sites, by submersion, incineration or destruction on site.' 'Exact location and nature of disposed materials should be noted.' Given that Lebanon and Palestine are blockaded, captive states, as Iraq was during the embargo years (now simply a vast US concentration camp) Lebanon and Palestine have little option but to do as Iraq did : to innovate, rebuild from the radioactive rubble, cannibalise every viable part from equipment and breathe in lethal air as they construct, drink contaminated water, eat contaminated food. Children and those with medical conditions 'are at great risk' concludes Rokke. In Israel too. A silent holocaust across the region. Read more from Felicity Arbuthnot on her website: http://arbuthnot4ir aq.blogspot. com/ or on her BRussells Tribunal webpage: http://www.brussels tribunal. org/bios/ Arbuthnot. htm --------------------------------- How low will we go? Check out Yahoo! Messengers low PC-to-Phone call rates. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] Sageata Albastra e cea mai mare tzeapa a transportului public! Yahoo! 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