Revisiting “Red Lines.” Saving Syria from Chemical Weapons by “Punishing” With Chemical Weapons?

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(Depleted uranium is nuclear waste that should be carefully stored underground. To use it on a battlefield, where it vaporizes to micron size, will lead to cancer and birth defects for generations. In fact it will merge with the dust and go on the jet stream and contaminate the globe. It is a crime against humanity and every creature on Earth. It has a radiation life of 4.5 billion years.)

By: Felicity Arbuthnot

Against all odds, given the circumstances, the Syrian government has, of Friday (20th September) sent an “initial declaration” of the country’s (arguably defensive) weapons to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. “The organization is looking at ways to fast-track moves to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.” (1)

Putting aside the complexities of “fast-tracking” in a war zone, flooded with foreign and foreign backed, armed and financed insurgents, Syria is now, as Iraq and Libya before it, vulnerable to the massive attack threatened by John Kerry, Acting Enforcer for the current Nobel Laureate War-Monger-in-Chief, should he so choose.

“The threat of force is real”, said Kerry, speaking aside his other Master, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Israel after a hasty shuttle there last Sunday (15th September.). “We cannot have hollow words”, said Kerry, a man without peer in vacuous idiocies.

The following day the UN produced the weapons inspectors report on the chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs on 21st August. Although the thirty eight page Report did not apportion blame and in spite of all the evidence to the contrary (news, websites) the Syrian government was deemed culprit.

“It is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussein used them in Halabja in 1988, and the worst use of weapons of mass destruction in the 21st century,” said UN Secretary General Ki-moon.. “The international community has a responsibility to ensure that chemical weapons never re-emerge as an instrument of warfare.”

Talking to reporters the same day, Kerry pitched in with:  ”…  the military option is still on the table.”

However, a document, of August 2013, seems to show, despite official denials by the Obama administration, that the Syrian insurgents are capable of producing such poison gas.

“The document (2) reveals that sarin was confiscated earlier this year from members of the Jabhat al-Nusra Front, the most influential of the rebel (fundamentalists) fighting in Syria.

It cites: “ … sarin from al-Qaida in Iraq had made its way into Turkey and that while some was seized, more could have been used in an attack last March on civilians and Syrian military troops in an artillery attack in the major Syrian city of Aleppo:

Moreover, Al Qaida in Iraq: “had produced a ‘bench-scale’ form of sarin in Iraq and then transferred it to Turkey where opposition forces, including Islamist militant foreign fighters had access to it.

“There’s apparently a large stockpile of sarin in Baghdad …Insurgents are using it to threaten the government there in order to get prisoners released.”

But blind eye turning in US war mongering is the order of the occasion – for both eyes.

The US, of course is a collective veteran when it comes to the use of chemical weapons. The destroyed generations of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Iraq, emerging in Libya, of Yugoslavia, with their cancers and unimaginable deformities are silent, ignored, decimated witnesses – and will be for generations to come. Now Syria is threatened with chemical weapons on a war crime defying scale.

On the September 11th, as America mourned its dead twelve years on, a near unnoticed, interminably delayed World Health Organisation Report was released into Iraq’s birth defects, cancers, and health anomalies linked to the country’s twenty year bombardment by the US and UK with Depleted Uranium – chemical and radioactive weaponry. White phosphorous and other yet to be identified “exotic” people and child exterminators were also used.

The UN-US Incorporated have done a shameful job of burying the staggering, horrific resultant health epidemic along with the bodies..

As former UN Under Secretary General and UN Head in Iraq Hans von Sponeck has noted:

“The US government sought to prevent WHO from surveying areas in southern Iraq where depleted uranium had been used and caused serious health and environmental dangers.”

His colleague Denis Halliday also former UN Head in Iraq and Under Secretary General Under commented:

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.”

See: “Cover-up of War Crimes in Iraq: When ‘Damning Evidence’ on Congenital Birth Defects becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed WHO Report” (3) a shaming, shocking, and comprehensive read of indeed, a cover-up of enormity.

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Notes

1. http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/20/3639037/syria-sends-opcw-chemical-weapons.html#moreb
2. http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/kerrys-claim-about-assads-sarin-challenged/#biXRh76vQVsZLlFf.99
3. http://www.globalresearch.ca/coverup-of-war-crimes-in-iraq-when-damning-evidence-on-congenital-birth-defects-becomes-no-clear-evidence-much-delayed-who-report/5350439

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Comments

 
repeace on Monday, 23 September 2013 19:09

Depleted Uranium is not nuclear waste and does not need to be stored underground. U-238 has a half life of 4.468 billion years, which means it puts out very low levels of radiation. When it does decay, it produces alpha particles, which can be stopped by skin or a piece of paper.

I'm not saying that you want to eat or breathe the stuff, any more than you want to eat lead paint chips, but the radiation risk is neglegable. Uranium is a heavy metal, and injestion of Uranium will cause symptoms of heavy metal poisoning. But that is because of the chemistry of Uranium, not because it is slightly radioactive.

In the cases where it is used in munitions, it is generally used to destroy tanks and other heavily armored vehicles, not in cruise missiles or gravity bombs. Regardless, the risk of toxicity is greatest when Uranium dust remains in an area. Uranium-238 dust that gets picked up into the atmosphere and distributed globablly would blend in with normal background radiation as there is a tremendous amount of Uranium in the earth's crust. (Uranium is a naturally occuring element generated by dying stars, not something created in a reactor.) There is so much naturally occuring Uranium that it's decay has kept the earth from cooling and the mantle from solidfying. Without this process, the Earth would loose its magnetic field and the atmosphere would have long ago blown off into space.

Anyone who suggests that trace amounts of U-238 poses a serious hazard does not have a full understanding of basic science. In high concentrations, yes it is dangerous, but less so than many other chemicals or devices that can remain on a battlefield long after the conflict has ended.

Depleted Uranium is not nuclear waste and does not need to be stored underground. U-238 has a half life of 4.468 billion years, which means it puts out very low levels of radiation. When it does decay, it produces alpha particles, which can be stopped by skin or a piece of paper. I'm not saying that you want to eat or breathe the stuff, any more than you want to eat lead paint chips, but the radiation risk is neglegable. Uranium is a heavy metal, and injestion of Uranium will cause symptoms of heavy metal poisoning. But that is because of the chemistry of Uranium, not because it is slightly radioactive. In the cases where it is used in munitions, it is generally used to destroy tanks and other heavily armored vehicles, not in cruise missiles or gravity bombs. Regardless, the risk of toxicity is greatest when Uranium dust remains in an area. Uranium-238 dust that gets picked up into the atmosphere and distributed globablly would blend in with normal background radiation as there is a tremendous amount of Uranium in the earth's crust. (Uranium is a naturally occuring element generated by dying stars, not something created in a reactor.) There is so much naturally occuring Uranium that it's decay has kept the earth from cooling and the mantle from solidfying. Without this process, the Earth would loose its magnetic field and the atmosphere would have long ago blown off into space. Anyone who suggests that trace amounts of U-238 poses a serious hazard does not have a full understanding of basic science. In high concentrations, yes it is dangerous, but less so than many other chemicals or devices that can remain on a battlefield long after the conflict has ended.
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