“Because of their wide dispersal pattern, cluster munitions should never be used in populated areas.” Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
United Nations deminers beginning emergency survey and clearance work in the south of Lebanon have identified 10 locations where Israel used artillery-delivered cluster munitions during the recent hostilities. Human Rights Watch opposes all use of cluster munitions with high initial failure rates, including the weapons that Israel used in Lebanon, because of the prolonged danger they pose to civilians. Cluster submunitions with high initial dud rates effectively become antipersonnel landmines. Even if civilians are not present at the time of attack, they risk stumbling onto the submunitions weeks, months or even years later, triggering fatal explosions. The types of artillery-delivered submunitions used by Israel have an initial failure rate of at least 14 percent, according to U.S. military testing data. The failure rate may be higher in battlefield conditions. Israeli officials have given contradictory statements, with some denying any use of cluster munitions in the month-long fighting and others acknowledging use but claiming it was away from civilian areas. Human Rights Watch previously reported on Israel’s cluster munition attack on Blida on July 19 that killed one and wounded at least 12 civilians, including seven children.
Israelis, offcourse, are not the first to use this kind of weaponry. NATO was using cluster munitions back in 1999 in Serbia (in Nis, cluster bombs have been dropped in high populated areas, over market place, parks and hospitals killing civillians). U.S. have used them in Afghanistan and Iraq and they were the ones to sell them to Israel. Cluster bombs look like toys, they come in ball shape or as cylinders with bright colors. These dud submunitions are extremely dangerous and may detonate if touched or moved, children are mainly the victims.
Aug 26, 2006
Aug 14, 2006
Cease-fire! (or not?)
Bush: America will stay on the offensive… Syria and Iran sponsor Hezbollah… That is how I read the resolution, that is how Ms Rice reads the resolution…
America continues spreading democracy and fight terrorism.
Israeli Prime Minister Olemert promissed that he will stop Hezbollah rockets and that Hezbollah would be crripled, neither was achieved. Now is a time for diplomacy… And oh my God, the lebanese think they won!?
Nobody won and this fight is far from over. Israeli bombardments left Lebanon in ruins. More than 1000 lives ended. This was massacre against a nation broadcasted live. This war reminded me of “NATO against the Serbs” but that was child’s play compared to this. Maybe Vietnam or Berlin 1945? Yet Hezbollah leader claims victory!? Their victory is surviving 33 days of mindblowing destruction, victory overpriced in my opinion and they will have to confront international force or migrate further north. America will strike again through their pawns (allies) or with its own might and they already have named next targets.
Aug 10, 2006
Islamic fascists have planned a plot against the freedom loving people in America and UK to blow up their planes with a new terror bomb made up of baby food, but thanks to an English secret agent, (Austin Powers) major terrorist scheme was uncovered overnight. Parents had to try some of their baby food (milk and that nasty slime) before entering the planes. 24 people were arrested (Islamic fascists born in UK) and thanks to God, nothing happened during the uncovering.
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (CNN) -- President Bush said Thursday that an uncovered British terror plot to blow up planes flying to the United States was further proof "that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists."
"This country is safer than it was prior to 9/11," Bush said. "We've taken a lot of measures to protect the American people. But obviously we still aren't completely safe, because there are people that still plot and people who want to harm us for what we believe in." (Bush's use of the term "Islamic fascists" was criticized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.) "On a day when American authorities are working with our allies to stop a global terror plot, instead of focusing on political attacks, we should focus on the fact that we are at war and need every tool to win the war on terror."
So the U.S. are in war against Islamic fascists (war against terror?) and they'll use any "tool" available to win that war and save freedom (and they do have the right tools).Two close friends had a warm conversation over the HOT RED LINE later this day…
"Let's see: Afghanistan (not it), Iraq (been there, done that), Lebanon (any time soon), Syria (definitively), Iraq (you mean Iran?), Jordan (why not?), Egypt (maybe later) we could blow up the pyramids, (maybe not?) we have that in Vegas (allrighty then, Libya?) Leblebon? Jews are doin' it, right? (No Mr. President, L i b y a) What? U.A.E.? Oh yeah, riiight…South Korea? There are fascists too (North Korea, yes I think they are communists rather.)…Castro, right? (Communist not a fascist) Damn. Those of us who love freedom should use nucelar attack on terror (why yes, no doubt…)...What are you wearing right now?"
Aug 8, 2006
Lebanon's coastline could take up to 10 years to recover from a massive oil spill, the nation's environment minister has said. The oil slick caused by Israeli bombing of a power station, 12,000 tonnes of leaking oil had already polluted more than 140km of the Lebanese coast and spread north into Syrian waters. Marine experts from Inforac, an organisation with links to the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep), issued a warning on Tuesday that the raid on the Jiyyeh Power plant in mid-July could pose a cancer risk to people living in the area. The experts warned that the first people at risk from the "toxic spray" were the two million inhabitants of Beirut. They also said that large quantities of dead fish along Lebanon's shores had been killed by the oil pollution. The Jiyyeh plant was bombed by Israel on July 14 and July 15, a few days into its offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
WAR IN NUMBERS:
The Lebanese prime minister has said more than 900 people have been killed and 3,000 injured in Israeli attacks since the crisis in Lebanon began three weeks ago. Fuad Siniora said one million people - a quarter of the population - had been displaced by the fighting. Lebanese security sources also said 80 Hezbollah fighters had been killed during the crisis, Israel put the number at 300. Nineteen Israeli civilians have died during rocket attacks in the last three weeks. The death brought to 37 the number of Israeli troops killed in 23 days of fighting. The number of unburied corpses has risen so dramatically in recent weeks that local religious leaders permited corpses to be buried in temporary sites, mass graves prepared by the Lebanese army.