Monday, October 23, 2006

Illegal weapons for peace in the Middle East

After the use of "a million cluster bombs in Lebanon," which an IDF commander described as "insane and monstrous," it now it comes to light that Israeli forces used phosophorous shells in Lebanon as well.
The Israeli government confirmed on Sunday it had used controversial phosphorus shells during its monthlong war against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon this summer.
This also follows in light of reports of "unseen injuries from Israeli weapons" in the Gaza strip.
Doctors in Gaza have reported previously unseen injuries from Israeli weapons that cause severe burning and leave deep internal wounds, often resulting in amputations or death.

The injuries were first seen in July, when Israel launched operations in Gaza following the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants.

Doctors said that, unlike traditional combat injuries, there was no large shrapnel found in the bodies and there appeared to be a "dusting" on damaged internal organs.

"Bodies arrived severely fragmented, melted and disfigured," said Jumaa Saqa'a, a doctor at the Shifa hospital, in Gaza City. "We found internal burning of organs, while externally there were minute pieces of shrapnel. When we opened many of the injured people we found dusting on their internal organs."
It is speculated that these wounds could be the result of so-called DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive) weapons, something the IDF has refused to comfirm or deny. Of course, we already know that the Pentagon had plans to deploy and possibly use a "microwave gun" in Iraq, a weapon that would cause severe pain and burning of the skin. While trying to convince everyone two years ago that the weapon had no long term effects, this would be the same the genre of "non-lethal" weapon Air Force Sectretary Michael Wynn said should be tested first on America's unruly crowds. No doubt Israel would be happy to volunteer a few Palestinians, though they probably wouldn't be thrilled with the "non-lethal" feature.

But don't forget, while Israel dumps munitions that are banned or restricted by international law onto surrounding Arab populations, they just want to live in peace.


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