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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Strange new weapons?

The current conflict in Gaza and Lebanon has given rise to a flurry of reports involving a strange new toxic weapon used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Israeli authorities officially deny these reports, which they have labeled an "incitement." Of course, that's what people said after the first reports came out that American soldiers had used "Whiskey Pete" indiscriminately in Fallujah.

Here's how Al Jazeera describes it:
Dr. Al Saqqa told Voice of Palestine Radio that the Israeli army is using new types of unconventional weapons against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the recent attacks. He said, "They are targeting the Palestinian body with unconventional weapons and with that comes a phenomena we have not seen before in any Israeli bombardment we have lived through for many years."

He continued, "The hospital is central and sees almost all cases of injuries and deaths as a result of Israeli bomb attacks against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip. These Israeli bombings are entering the body and fragmenting, causing internal combustion leading to up to fourth degree internal burns, exposing the bone, and affecting the tissue and skin."

The doctor added, "These tissues die, they do not survive, which obliges us to perform arm or leg amputations, and there are fragments which penetrate the body and do not show up on X-rays. When entering the body they spark like a combustion firearm, but not chemically. They seem radioactive."
Here is another report from the Baqa'a refugee camp. And we have this from a German news source:
MOH [the Palestinian Ministry of Health] called on the international community and human rights group s to send a medical team in order to examine the injured and ascertain the presence of toxic material left by Israeli shells.
If these reports are just an "incitement," as the Israelis claim, then why are the Palestinians pleading for outsiders to confirm?

This is hardly the first time we have heard reports of Israel making pioneering use of toxic weaponry. In 2004, they stood accused of using nerve agents on protestors.

Why does the rest of the world refuse to investigate these claims?
Oh God, Can we get a witness?

What in hell are they thinking? They must beleive they will never be held to account. Seems to me, surveying the savage history of Israel, they are not far wrong.
Is more behind the Iron curtain..with Isreal and Lebanon.
The Israeli leadership, military and secret services are ruthless and treacherous, so it wouldn't surprise me one bit. They employ vast propaganda, especially here in the U.S., in order to gain our empathy. They've been very effective with it, but the underlying story with Israel is 180 degrees from the propaganda they spew and the lobbying they do in D.C. They are the bullies of the Middle East, without question. And our billions of dollars in annual support allows them to continue.

Now, Israel is trying to bait Iran into a conflict that U.S. neo-cons are salivating over. All a part of the PNAC plan.
There's a lot of people who really need to snap out of it. On which occasion in the past have Muslims in the Middle East not leaped to the most hysterical conclusion over anything at all on any pretext whatsoever?

People in Western governments who actually deal with them in person may not be falling over themselves to investigate this because no matter how much they investigate, once a hysterical meme gets generated in the Muslim world it's absolutely true and no amount of conversation or fact finding will ever dislodge it. In fact the more it's debunked the more they think it's a western conspiracy.

The Islamic world is social conservatism run amok.
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and here which have pictures.
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