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Israeli Commander: “We Fired More Than A Million (illegal) Cluster Bombs In Lebanon” (before ceasefire)
tions. The basic rocket fired by the platform is unguided and imprecise, with a range of about 32 kilometers. The rockets are designed to burst into sub-munitions at a planned altitude in order to blanket enemy army and personnel on the ground with smaller explosive rounds. The use of such weaponry is controversial mainly due to its inaccuracy and ability to wreak great havoc against indeterminate targets over large areas of territory, with a margin of error of as much as 1,200 meters from the intended target to the area hit. The cluster rounds which don't detonate on impact, believed by the United Nations to be around 40% of those fired by the IDF in Lebanon, remain on the ground as unexploded munitions, effectively littering the landscape with thousands of land mines which will continue to claim victims long after the war has ended. Because of their high level of failure to detonate, it is believed that there are around 500,000 unexploded munitions on the ground in Lebanon. To date 12 Lebanese civilians have been killed by these mines since the end of the war. According to the commander, in order to compensate for the inaccuracy of the rockets and the inability to strike individual targets precisely, units would "flood" the battlefield with munitions, accounting for the littered and explosive landscape of post-war Lebanon. When his reserve duty came to a close, the commander in question sent a letter to Defense Minister Amir Peretz outlining the use of cluster munitions, a letter which has remained unanswered. 'Excessive injury and unnecessary suffering' It has come to light that IDF soldiers fired phosphorous rounds in order to cause fires in Lebanon. An artillery commander has admitted to seeing trucks loaded with phosphorous rounds on their way to artillery crews in the north of Israel. A direct hit from a phosphorous shell typically causes severe burns and a slow, painful death. International law forbids the use of weapons that cause "excessive injury and unnecessary suffering", and many experts are of the opinion that phosphorous rounds fall directly in that category. The International Red Cross has determined that international law forbids the use of phosphorous and other types of flammable rounds against personnel, both civilian and military. IDF: No violation of international law In response, the IDF Spokesman's Office stated that "International law does not include of ICTI by the U.N. General Assembly would serve as a deterrent effect upon Israeli leaders such as Prime Minister Olmert, Defense Minister Peretz, Chief of Staff Halutz and Israel's other top generals that they will be prosecuted for their further infliction of international crimes upon the Lebanese and the Palestinians. Without such a deterrent, Israel might be emboldened to attack Syria with the full support of the Likhudnik Bush Jr. Neoconservatives, who have always viewed Syria as "lowhanging fruit" ready to be taken out by means of their joint aggression. The Israeli press has just reported that the Bush Jr administration is encouraging Israel to attack Syria. If Israel attacks Syria as it did
Toronto Street News
IDF commander: We fired more than a million cluster bombs in Lebanon By Meron Rappaport "What we did was insane and monstrous, we covered entire towns in cluster bombs," the head of an IDF rocket unit in Lebanon said regarding the use of illegal cluster bombs and phosphorous shells during the war.
In addition, soldiers in IDF artillery units testified that the army used phosphorous shells during the war, widely forbidden by international law. According to their claims, the vast majority of said explosive ordinance was fired in the final 10 days of the war. The rocket unit commander stated that Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) platforms were heavily used in spite of the fact that they were known to be highly inaccurate and therefore kill innocent women and children.. MLRS is a track or tire carried mobile rocket launching platform, capable of firing a very high volume of mostly unguided muni-
Quoting his battalion commander, the rocket unit head stated that the IDF fired around 1,800 (illegal) cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets.
a sweeping prohibition of the use of cluster bombs. The convention on conventional weaponry does not declare a prohibition on [phosphorous weapons], rather, on principles regulating the use of such weapons. "For understandable operational reasons, the IDF does not respond to [accounts of] details of weaponry in its possession. "The IDF makes use only of methods and weaponry which are permissible under international law. Artillery fire in general, including MLRS fire, were used in response solely to firing on the state of Israel." The Defense Minister's office said it had not received messages regarding cluster bomb fire. The United States provided bombs to Israel during its invasion of Lebanon; The United States has developed plastic shrapnel which prevents doctors from being able to do X-rays of children with bomb fragments imbedded in their bodies which results in extended agony for these children when the BB sized pellets are shot into their bodies. Doctors are prevented from being able to pick out these items easily.
A War Crimes Tribunal May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War: Prosecuting Israel By FRANCIS A. BOYLE The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a "subsidiary organ" under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council.
The purpose of the ICTI would be to investigate and prosecute Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine--just as the ICTY did for the victims of international crimes committed by Serbia and the Milosevic Regime throughout the Balkans. The establishment of ICTI would provide some small degree of justice to the victims of Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine--just as the ICTY has done in the Balkans. Furthermore, the establishment
when it invaded Lebanon in 1982, Iran has vowed to come to Syria's defense. And of course Israel and the Bush Jr administration very much want a pretext to attack Iran. This scenario could readily degenerate into World War III. For the U.N. General Assembly to establish ICTI could stop the further development of this momentum towards a regional if not global catastrophe. Francis A. Boyle, Professor of Law, University of Illinois, is author of Foundations of World Order, Duke University Press, The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, and Palestine, Palestinians and International Law, by Clarity Press. He can be reached at: FBOYLE@LAW.UIUC.EDU
street value heroin — is produced in Afghanistan. Even the Taliban were killing the industry when they were left to lead that country following the Soviet Union and the U.S. invasions of that counAfghanis know those two super powers as warmongers who in the end only wanted a cheap poison drug source. The U.S. politician who helped the Taliban spray poppy crops to destroy them was fired: Colin Powell. Today, Bush and his crowd including this British tank guarding a high-production poppy field actually support the global production of heroin for global poison intake. A Canadian retired general doesn’t bother to reply to our queries on how Harper and Canuck soldiers do the same.
uses Boyles and Charles Law (rate of expanding gasses) to so dramatically reduce auto emissions that you can literally drive your car to clean the air. If the auto is under mass use, it is powerful enough to function in the environment, with proper engineering it can be driven to clean the environment. 13. Water purification using a very simple design that is touted to remove 1/103 micron viruses at 40,000 gallons/month. A gift of this system has been made to the King of Thailand as it uses no electricity and can be used in third world countries. 14. Demonstration of a wind generator which collects energy convectively, conductively, and with radiation collection to attain an approximate 42% efficiency. 15. A vertical armature electric motor with field density of 10:1 which allows one device to be a motor, a brake, a clutch, a transmission so that your vehicle is powered with an efficiency with rapid acceleration of 3:1 over the conventional automobile. The next four chapters are #1 - how to get you involved; #2 - how to get your government involved, #3 - how to cause your involvement to cause the involvement of others, and #4- - an earth doll where the legs are the trees, supporting the body, which is the globe, the arms are porpoises for the spiritual information, and the head is the sun, the energy of the process. Inside the earth doll, which may be worn as a backpack is a videotape with solutions, an audiotape with music to teach the child to sing to his parents the lyrics of possibility, and with this a book that the parent will read to the child, that reinforces that solutions are easy, and that the new children of the future can be allowed to dream again.
Like a lot of U.S. journalists—some of them Canadian — CNN’s Anderson Cooper did not declare his 6 months of CIA training (how to be a furtive criminal?) — Anderson Cooper is hereby exposed again by Toronto Street News. Surprised, he has noticed the fact that Afghanistan’s poppies are the source of “billions” in the global poison drug industry. How about $365 billion a year? What are the facts? The facts are that each and every day — the raw source of a billion dollars in
Oxygen Depletion Facts - Stunning From Environmental Scientist Jim Starry * 10,000 Gallons of Oxygen are burned for EVERY GALLON OF FUEL used in an engine...a plane or a car, etc. * 3 Million Gallons of jet fuel are used every DAY at O'hare. Multiply that by 10,000 Gallons of Oxygen Burned PER GALLON of fuel. The result: 3 BILLION Gallons of OXYGEN are burned per DAY at O'Hare International Airport. The net result: 3 Billion Gallons of Oxygen-Depleted Air are created loaded with at least 147 types of toxins and pollutants. * One single large airliner uses more Oxygen per HOUR than all of the Earth's Six Billion people breathe during that entire hour. There are approximately 2,700 Air Busses in flight today - more are on order - bringing the total soon to 4,300 * How Can A Single Gallon Of Gasoline Produce 20 Pounds Of Carbon Dioxide? It seems impossible that a gallon of gasoline, which weighs about 6.3 pounds, could produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned. However, most of the weight of the CO2 doesn't come from the gasoline itself, but the oxygen in the air. When gasoline burns, the carbon and hydrogen separate. The hydrogen combines with oxygen to form water (H2O), and carbon combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide (CO2). A carbon atom has a weight of 12, and each
oxygen atom has a weight of 16, giving each single molecule of CO2 an atomic weight of 44 (12 from carbon and 32 from oxygen). Therefore, to calculate the amount of CO2 produced from a gallon of gasoline, the weight of the carbon in the gasoline is multiplied by 44/12 or 3.7. Since gasoline is about 87% carbon and 13% hydrogen by weight, the carbon in a gallon of gasoline weighs 5.5 pounds (6.3 lbs. x .87). We can then multiply the weight of the carbon (5.5 pounds) by 3.7, which equals 20 pounds of CO2! http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/co2.shtml The Mind Of Jim Starry The Child's Environment By Jim Starry My father had a straight 4.0 out of Drake University...incredible capability in mathematics, he was a teacher. Yet, somehow, he deciphered that the educational system based on memory wasn't working. So, I remember starting around five years old, taking things apart for him. At 55, sitting across from him, I finally recognized he never questioned my capability of accomplishing anything. By this time we had a huge machine shop, invention lab, in the basement of an old mansion, which was the creation space for anything. I recognized at 55, while working on an invention, that most probably he always knew the answers but quietly walked me through the jungle of my own mind to make me feel as if I'd discovered it on my own. All the listed solutions for a better planet
are ultimately my father's creations. 1. Airport would save $80 billion a year in US fuel. 2. Mass transit using your personal automobile as a module, so when you get there you still have your car. Attains a 20:1 efficiency over the current systems. 3. Home construction at 1/3 of the cost per square foot, demonstrating heating and cooling retention to dramatically increase comfort, both economically and environmentally. 4. Uniform Building Code currently has design dysfunction of the planet. 5. Waste treatment facilities that regenerate the purest water on the planet. 6. Changes for existing structures demonstrating heating and cooling efficiency to dramatically reduce utility costs. 7. Community design to begin to reduce the time in your automobile, to increase time with family. 8. Septic designs for rural communities that eliminate any toxic interchange with groundwater. 9. Feedlot system for large communities that creates organic meats without use of steroids, antibiotics, etc. (bringing back the free range). 10. Shopping mall design where people work, live, are educated, motel services, child care, etc. so that driving becomes a nonnecessity. 11. Environmental university, the first in the world, where people are taught the problem and the solution; are trained in building home structures which don't pollute; are trained in distribution, communication with their own community, the state, and the world, so on graduation they have numerous job offers. 12. Auto emissions control device which
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