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Israel admits using white phosphorus

There we have them tentatively admitting to using white phosphorus when it can no longer be denied. Well it is difficult to deny when there are traces of it all over civilian areas in Gaza and it would appear that the main UN compound and the al-Quds hospital, both in Gaza City, were just two of the targets where civilians were exposed to the chemical; a chemical that covers the victims in a white powder and continues to burn long after initial exposure. Using it is just one more thing that Israel does in contravention of international law and now the IDF have been told to protect the names of battalion and brigade commanders who participated in “operation cast lead” after it was announced that they might be arrested when they travel abroad.(1) And what was I writing a few weeks ago about the use of cluster bombs in the Lebanon, about Israel’s refusal to supply the UN with maps, about the men, women and children in the south of the country, who are still being maimed and killed?(2) While, Israel makes sure that the people of the Lebanon and Gaza suffer after their killers have gone”, we can be left in no doubt, these people are war criminals who deserve their very own “Nurnberg”.
In the meantime, we have the “hope and change” man condemning ‘Hamas’ and telling them that they have to stop smuggling. The farce continues!
1 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/21/gaza-phosphorus-shells
2 http://thediplomatabroad.blogspot.com/2008/11/crime-against-humanity.html

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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