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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Israelis using chemical weapons?

It doesn't matter if you are pro or anti Israel - surely all of us must be disgusted with claims the Israelis are using chemical weapons on Lebanese civilians.....

Lebanon is investigating reports from doctors that Israel has used weapons in its 15-day-old bombardment of southern Lebanon that have caused wounds they have never seen before.
"We are sending off samples tomorrow, but we have no confirmation yet that illegal weapons have been used," Health Minister Mohammed Khalife told Reuters. The Israeli army said it had used only conventional weapons and ammunition in attacks aimed at Hizbollah guerrillas and nothing contravening international law.
Blackened bodies have been showing up at hospitals in southern Lebanon two weeks into the war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas that has seen at least 418 people, mostly civilians, killed in Lebanon and at least 42 Israelis.
Killed by Israeli air raids, the Lebanese dead are charred in a way local doctors, who have lived through years of civil war and Israeli occupation, say they have not seen before.
Bachir Cham, a Belgian-Lebanese doctor at the Southern Medical Centre in Sidon, received eight bodies after an Israeli air raid on nearby Rmeili which he said exhibited such wounds.
He has taken 24 samples from the bodies to test what killed them. He believes it is a chemical.
Cham said the bodies of some victims were "black as shoes, so they are definitely using chemical weapons. They are all black but their hair and skin is intact so they are not really burnt. It is something else."
"If you burnt someone with petrol their hair would burn and their skin would burn down to the bone. The Israelis are 100 per cent using chemical weapons."
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has repeatedly accused Israel of using phosphorus bombs in its offensive.
Human Rights Watch, which has accused the Israeli army of using cluster bombs in populated areas of southern Lebanon, said it had not verified claims that Israel had used phosphorus.


At 27/7/06 11:26 pm, Blogger karlos said...

Well what can one say to that?
Given that the US has actively and openly used Depleted Uranium in Iraq, it only stands to reason that its cronies would resort to similar disgusting tactics. Those poor people in Lebanon & Iraq. Its is truly a tragedy.
Why is Saddam the only one on trial?

Bomber, you seem good at research.
There is indication that the NZ govt. has allowed the re-opening of the Israeli embassy in Wellington. Though my letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs has confirm this, I have been unable to determine if this has already occured.

I find this situation quite concerning given the terror-style campaign Israel has been waging.
Any thoughts?

At 28/7/06 10:03 am, Blogger bomber said...

.............................................Israeli embassy here? Really? Christ they have a nerve don't they, well there's no way that will get the green light from the Government while Israel is doing what they are doing, as for the use of Chemical weapons, this war is increasingly becoming difficult for anyone to defend, add to it the deliberate targeting of the UN post, ambulances and fleeing refugees - I'm astounded by the viscious nature of the IDF. Interesting to see the UN post attack has started to achieve what I believe it was supposed to achieve with Australia moving their UN observers out of southern Lebanon. When you are involved in a dirty war, you don't want people watching. And I don't think we should be conned by News that the IDF are not pushing for a large ground invasion right now, they have been surprised and hurt by Hizbollah resistance with 9 of their soldiers being killed yesterday. This shows a problem with the Israeli army, just as it has been a problem with the American army, both are conscript armies, you've got kids in there who don't want to be there, who aren't real soldiers, just frightened 19 year olds with machine guns. Israel, like America has dominated because of their air power, but when it comes to ground, hand to hand fighting - they are taking heavy casualties. Israel will now bomb and shell southern Lebanon flat before they move more ground forces in - my guess would be to watch as civillian casualties go through the roof this weekend. As for the terrorist nature of the conflict, check my blog above - many of the counter insurgency ideas are from the Israelis.

At 28/7/06 11:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not directly related to the use of chemical weapons, but noteworthy:

"Richard Armitage dramatically broke ranks with his neoconservative allies yesterday, saying in a radio interview that he feared it was impossible to eliminate Hezbollah through airstrikes, and that by attempting to do so, “you’re going to end up empowering Hezbollah, and perhaps introducing an element into the body politic in Lebanon that will take some great period of time to recover from.” Armitage also criticized the Bush administration for refusing to talk directly to Syria."

Good to see that sort of logic getting an airing from the neocons

At 2/8/06 9:42 am, Anonymous bomber said...

.....................................My God hasn't Richard Armitages words suddenly become reality


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