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Dossier Uranium Weapons Dossier Uranium Weapons 1 Time Questions 2007 Time Questions 2007 No. 7, February 21, 2007, page 7 War crimes and the need to object to the delivery of further guided weapons to Israel zf. In addition to the tireless efforts of the committees of the ICRC and the national organizations of the Red Cross to alleviate suffering in the war zones, individual personalities and networks are also tirelessly working to contain the monster war. The last batch of cluster munitions lies in masses in the south of Lebanon: no bigger than a military pocket knife, covered in dust and gray on gray with sand, earth, stones, leaves and dead grass. Marking teams search meter by meter and mark them with red spray. Something like that, but everything in nano version - so small that you can't see it with the eye - you have to imagine the remains of uranium ammunition. In painstaking detail work is attempted to clarify the type and extent of such remnants. It will be an arduous research effort. The manufacturer and attacking countries, above all the USA and Israel, know exactly what they have used and could uncover the facts overnight. One of those personalities who persistently pursues this question in a team with experts is the Briton Dai Williams. During the Lebanon war, he issued a well-founded statement calling on his government to take action against this excessive Israeli policy. Since he was already thinking about the conflict as an intermediate stage to a possible attack on Iran in July, we recall his reflections. To Prime Minister Tony Blair 10 Downing Street London SW1A2AA July 23, 2006 Dear Prime Minister I am deeply dismayed at the inaction of the British Government: - It has failed to address the continued aggression by Israeli forces and settlers against the Palestinian people - both in Gaza and in Gaza in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank - to challenge. - It fails to expressly condemn the excessively excessive retaliation by Israel and the destruction of communities and infrastructure in Lebanon. - It fails to call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. Long-term provocation of attacks by Hezbollah How long, Prime Minister, have you expected from Palestinian refugees to watch the communities in Gaza and the West Bank being crushed and crushed by Palestinian refugees Dossier Uranium Weapons 2 Time Issues 2007 and their relatives in Hezbollah , crippled and arrested, year after year, without intervention by the world community, without them finally taking action themselves, however effective these actions may be? Can you consider that, from your point of view, your attacks on Israel enjoy no less moral justification than you have claimed for your support for the military actions of Presidents Clinton and Bush? Israel's Indiscriminate Weapons - Beware of Supporting War Crimes Are you familiar with the weapon systems used by Israeli forces in Gaza and Lebanon? I ask you to pay special attention to the nature of the injuries suffered by victims on all sides (and in Iraq and Afghanistan). During the past few years, the Israeli armed forces have used cluster bombs, in which the anti-personnel submunitions used are equipped with steel needle projectiles or consist of incendiary bombs. I recommend that you request both medical and military assessments of the day-to-day operations of the Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah - and compare them. Israel is always quick to report the details of the civilian casualties. Please ask for personal accounts of the victims from medical staff from NGOs operating in Gaza and Lebanon. For example, look at the extreme burns of victims near the bomb and missile targets attacked by Israeli forces, witnessed by the Lebanese Red Cross from Beirut and Sidon this week. You can find pictures in the archive of the newspaper «As-Safir», www.assafir.com. [Internet reference for the images: www.uruknet.info/?p=24885] «Here a paramedic examines the burned bodies of Lebanese civilians who were attacked when they passed an attacked bridge in the north of the city of Sidon, in the south of Lebanon. » (Reuters, July 19, 2006) I suggest that you request scientific research into the weapon systems that caused these injuries. You should then relate the results to Articles 35 and 55 of the 1st Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention. I trust that your investigation will show that these injuries were caused by warheads that cause burns at very high temperatures (5000ºC). Widespread use of suspected uranium warheads by the Israeli armed forces In my letter and report, which I sent you on October 13, 2002, I warned you about the new generation of known and suspected uranium weapons, which are primarily manufactured by the American arms industry. This letter and report can be found on my Internet website at www.eoslifework.co.uk/pdfs/u25.pdf. The detailed construction of this new generation of guided weapons against hard targets (bunker-breaking warheads - "bunker busters") is subject to confidentiality. But US patent entries document that they contain 200 to 500 kg of high-density metal ballast - tungsten or depleted (or Dossier Uranium Weapons 3 Time Issues 2007 undepleted) uranium, or both. For example, in my report mentioned above, read the reproduction of US Patent 6,389,977 from Lockheed Martin on the modification of the BLU 116 bomb to the BLU 109 / B variant as a 2000 pound laser-controlled bomb. There it says under point 5 that “the penetrating body consists of depleted uranium”. Uranium warheads burn at 5000ºC (for comparison: napalm burns at 1300ºC). You may have seen some of these hard target weapons - with suspected uranium warheads - such as the GBU 24 dirigible bombs produced by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin on your last visit to Farnborough on July 21st. Israeli F 15 and F 16 combat bombers are able to drop two to four of these weapons per mission. According to the Israeli armed forces, there have been more than 3,000 bombings so far. Depending on the supplies (an estimated 500 BLU-109 warheads), it is possible that the Israeli armed forces have already deployed up to 250 tons of uranium ammunition in southern Lebanon during the past seven days. Radioactivity measurement experts from the British military or the Atomic Weapons Establishments (AWE) institution could already carry out systematic uranium dust and radioactivity measurements in Lebanon and downwind regions. Unep specialists in Jordan should do the same. Defense Department officials can verify how many of the 24 suspected guided missile systems actually use uranium warheads. You should remind them that Jane's Defense has confirmed the existence of these weapons systems on their website since 2001: "It is true that some guided weapons use more depleted uranium to increase the penetration effect." See my first report on this, page 15, at www.eoslifework.co.uk/pdfs/DU012v12.pdf. AWE Aldermarston continuously monitors the uranium dust in the air. In the next two to three weeks, depending on the global wind currents, the measuring devices will probably measure an increase in uranium in the air, as they did during the "Shock & Awe" campaign against Iraq in 2003 (see Dr Busby's analysis, published February 2006). The latest results should be published as soon as they become available (every two weeks) and uranium measurements should be taken across the UK. The Urgent Need to Object to Deliveries of More Guided Missiles to Israel On September 22, 2004, the Daily Telegraph from London reported, “Israel confirmed yesterday that it will buy 500 bunker buster bombs that target Iran's nuclear facilities can be used after Tehran demonstrated its ballistic missiles as a warning against an attack. The BLU-109 bombs, which can penetrate reinforced concrete more than two meters thick, are among the "smart" weapons sold to Israel under the American military aid program. " (Source: www.worldpress.org/Mideast/2270.cfm) Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the US was “rushing to deliver precision guided weapons to Israel,” including the larger 5,000-pound EGBU-28 bunker buster Presumably more than 1500 kg of uranium weapons dossier 4 Zeit -fragen 2007 contains uranium ballast - an expansion of the American military aid program. It is likely that Israel has currently deployed most of the 500 warheads from the 2004 order. If they get more supplies, they could be enough to launch similar attacks against Syria and Iran. It is essential that any further deliveries of these suspected uranium ammunitions to Israel be objected to with immediate effect. The Danger of Further Escalation to Justify Israeli or American Attacks on Iran It is unfortunate that the Lebanon conflict is just beginning to widen as the parliaments of Great Britain and other countries are leaving for the summer recess. The situation in the entire Middle East is so unstable that the conflict can escalate further and spread very quickly to other regions. My report "Fear and violence in stressed populations" examined such a rapid jump to violence in populations that are under great strain (see: www.eoslifework.co.uk/gturmap.htm). The current extremely one-sided conflict between Israel and Lebanon is likely to revolt hundreds of thousands of Muslim citizens around the world by now. The majority of the Muslims I have met over the past 25 years are understanding and peace-loving. But this latest escalation may provoke further terrorist attacks outside the Middle East - most likely in the UK and / or the US. And, of course, fear in the Israeli communities under fire from Hezbollah's much smaller, yet deadly Katyusha and Fajr missiles is likely to fuel further heightened aggressive military action by the Israeli government. UK Government and Parliament Immediate Decisions 1. Parliament must discuss the use of guided missiles and missiles by Israel and the suspected use of many large uranium warheads. There must be an immediate ban on the continued use of these weapons by Israel. And there must be a veto in the direction of the USA or any country including Great Britain against the delivery of further guided missiles to Israel. 2. I urge you to postpone the British Parliament's summer recess for at least two weeks. All parties need to be involved in using the resources available from British political and diplomatic sources for peace-building initiatives - with the communities in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon and within the UK. 3. If you are unwilling or unable to mediate in these conflicts, I recommend that you prepare for the withdrawal of all British forces from all operations in the Middle East and South Asia, particularly Iraq and Afghanistan. If the current conflict continues to escalate, I assume that the Israeli and / or American forces will soon find an occasion to bomb nuclear facilities in Iran - probably within two months, before the next parliamentary term. Regardless of whether the Israeli or American armed forces use conventional bunker busters or small nuclear warheads (equipped with uranium weapons dossier 5 Zeit -fragen 2007 uranium sheath), then the burning uranium stocks in Iran (for example in Natanz) will cause radioactive contamination in the entire region within two to three days and worldwide within three to four weeks. If British troops are still in the region (in Iraq and Afghanistan) when the nuclear facilities in Iran are attacked, then serious short- and long-term damage from the radioactivity can be expected for them and their descendants. The picture on the right shows a computer simulation by NOAA of the expected spread of radioactive contamination within 48 hours after an attack on Natanz, based on weather conditions such as those in April 2005. Probably your last chance to prevent widespread radioactive contamination in the Middle East and Asia. For the past three years I have tried to contain my disappointment with your support for US policy in Iraq and your apparent apathy over Palestine. But I can no longer be silent. However, I assume that you have probably not been presented with my previous letter to you and that you may still be unaware of the development and the suspected widespread use of uranium weapons by the American armed forces in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. The British media's preoccupation with these dangers has decreased significantly since 2000, when NATO was first confronted with the mysterious deaths of Spanish and Italian soldiers after deploying near American bombing targets in the Balkans. An exception was the Sunday Times report on the uranium contamination in the UK during March / April 2003 (February 19, 2006, available at www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2047373,00.html). Now that the Israeli forces are using the same guided missiles in Lebanon, the public is seeing for the first time their dire effects on civilians. In Afghanistan and Iraq little attention was paid to the civilian casualties of the new generation of American guided missiles. Despite the upcoming summer recess, you still have one last chance to warn the Israeli and American governments that further aggression and use of uranium warhead missiles will no longer be tolerated by the British government. These systems increase the level of global radioactivity through their own contamination. The situation will be many times worse if they are used against nuclear facilities. Therefore, from a strategic and ecological point of view, it is essential that you oppose any military strikes against the Iranian nuclear facilities. If you would like a personal briefing on the suspected uranium weapon systems, their use and their effects in past and present conflicts, I would very much appreciate such an opportunity to discuss these aspects with you. Concerning civilians and soldiers in all conflict regions, Yours Dai Williams, www.eoslifework.co.uk/Comindx.htm Dossier Uranium Weapons 6 Zeit -frage 2007 No. 7, February 21, 2007, pages 8 to 10 Investigation of the im Lebanon War 2006 Weapons used An interim report by Dai Williams, independent researcher, Eos, Great Britain zf. Dai Williams' October 2006 report is understandable to readers of all faculties and recommended reading for everyone. The reader is brought down to earth with reality in today's world in all his thinking and feeling and no longer suppresses the images, questions and problems after reading this. From this we print Chapter 18 (for the attention of the UN Human Rights Council). Preliminary conclusions for the attention of investigative inspectors of the United Nations Human Rights Council The investigative commission has a support team that includes a military expert. Members of this team may already be fully aware of the range of weapons used by the Israeli armed forces, including those supplied by the United States and other countries. You may also be aware of the secret metals that have been used in the 25 types of guided missiles that I suspect may be equipped with uranium warheads. If so, they may not be allowed to post this information. Nonetheless, the information presented in this report, along with ongoing investigations by other organizations, may provide the Human Rights Council Inquiry Commission with the opportunity to introduce various new warhead technologies into the public debate for international inspections.Various individuals or groups, including the IAEA and people from Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United States, Germany and Italy, have searched for evidence of radioactivity or uranium weapons in Lebanon. How accurate their knowledge of known and suspected illegal weapons is can be important in determining whether they find evidence of toxic, radioactive, or other illegal weapons. As the targets hit are evacuated, it quickly becomes more and more difficult to find material evidence. The use of thermobaric weapons by the Israeli armed forces appears to have been confirmed by eyewitness reports. The Human Rights Council investigation may gather similar statements. However, more detailed investigations of victims into the extent of contamination and ongoing health status of the residents in the target areas are required. Thermobaric weapons may already be non-discriminatory weapons regardless of what materials they are made of. But if you use Uranium Weapons 7 Zeit -frage 2007 - either in the warhead casings or in reactive metal explosives - you are undoubtedly "dirty bombs" with irreversible consequences for health and the environment. These weapons are likely a significant part of the UN Human Rights Council investigation. As I understand it, the use of incendiary bombs is limited by provisions of the CCW Convention [CCW Convention = Convention on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of certain conventional weapons which may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects, short name: Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons; on the banning of incendiary bombs: "Protocol III on prohibitions or restrictions on the use of incendiary weapons"; Information: disarmament.un.org/index.html]. Whether uranium or other reactive metals have been used in the new American and Israeli weapon systems requires extensive investigation. Conclusive evidence about the suspected use of uranium weapons in the context of the UN Human Rights Council investigation may require the use of special air measuring devices in southern Lebanon, with which large amounts of air can be examined. Unep and the IAEA have access to such equipment and specialists who are able to perform such measurements - subject to the resources and consensus of the United Nations. These measurements must last at least 12 months in order to be able to determine fluctuations of possible uranium dust contamination caused by the seasons. Scientists in various countries are following these studies with interest. Studies of radioactivity in the air are carried out regularly in many countries. The IAEA should have global data for the past eight years. These should be requested and published by the United Nations. Other Aspects for Further Investigation My first interest is in the health and safety consequences of the use of suspected uranium weapons for civilians and members of the military. The development of these weapons was kept secret for over 15 to 20 years, but is now documented. The combat use of these uranium weapons has not yet been proven, but it is very clearly indicated by data from British air measurements since 1998. There are potential health hazards for the personnel of the UN and other organizations investigating the weapons targets - both from unexploded ammunition and from the possible toxic and radioactive contamination. Those who were, still live or work in the conflict areas during the conflict, and construction workers who are busy cleaning up and moving the rubble from potentially contaminated targets are at greater risk. Your health should be checked regularly. The UNEP and the UN Human Rights Council will be aware that behind many of the suspected weapons systems are large commercial investments by the USA, Israel and up to 20 other countries. You may face pressures to minimize health and environmental monitoring or to censor the publication of conflicting results. If a contamination is found in Lebanon, a counter-propaganda operation can be expected to downplay the health hazards of uranium weapons Dossier Uranium Weapons 8 Time Issues 2007 - as was done by NATO in 2001 to draw attention to the mysterious deaths in the Troops deployed in the Balkans to withdraw. Open and regular reporting of the investigation results is one of several strategies to enable UNEP and the UN Human Rights Council to carry out appropriately objective studies and assessments for Lebanon. I hope that the teams of both UNEP and the UN Human Rights Council's commission of inquiry will be allowed to conduct thorough investigations. I am grateful to everyone who has assisted me in my investigations, including photos that illustrate the new, unconventional weapons used by the Israel Defense Forces. Many of these unconventional weapons were supplied by the US and are the same as those used in Iraq. The United Nations investigations, for example, could contain results that give rise to further studies in other current crisis areas. This interim report has mainly focused on the description of targets in order to enable the identification of the weapons used. My first report, dated August 30, 2006, also made a number of suggestions with regard to health and safety aspects and for the protection of the people and organizations involved in the investigation. It is available on the Internet at: www.eoslifework.co.uk/pdfs/u26leb806.pdf • Source: www.eoslifework.co.uk/pdfs/u26leb19oct.pdf of October 18, 2006, extracts # 7, 21. February 2007, pages 9, 10 Calling for the limits of international law Conference of the “Humanitarian Switzerland” forum AB. The “Humanitarian Switzerland” forum under the direction of Prof. Dr. Franz Blankart and Prof. Dr. Albert A. Stahel makes it possible in half-yearly conferences to expertly present difficult topics to be assessed in a group of interested personalities and to discuss them openly. The areas concern both the population of Switzerland and development aid, the Red Cross, the assessment under international law as well as the work of the various UN bodies and the voice of Switzerland in them. There is certainly no shortage of tasks in today's world. The rolling planning of the war cartel ensures constant replenishment of problems worldwide. This year's winter conference of the Humanitarian Switzerland Forum was dedicated to the topic of “Discriminatory ammunition: ban or authorization”. Cluster bombs, DU ammunition and small-caliber weapons were up for debate. The three areas should be assessed from the perspective of international law and humanitarian conventions. Today it is common knowledge that the Geneva Conventions are part of the foundation; Most citizens are less aware that the Hague Land Warfare Regulations (appendix to the II. Hague Agreement of 1899 and the VI Limitation of the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) from 1980 or Protocol II to this Convention from 1996 (see box). Israel's dropping of cluster bombs in Lebanon is “unprecedented”. Daniel Thürer introduced today's tasks from many years of experience and with a pleasant maturity. In particular, he also outlined the ethical and political considerations of the ICRC. Paul Vermeulen then gave a lecture as President of Handicap International on the history of cluster ammunition (see article on pages 4 and 5). He made an update on these types of bombs up to and including the Lebanon war. Prof. Thürer described the cluster bombs Israel had dropped there in the last few days as “unprecedented”. But the dark beginning - trial run and test phase - the cluster bombs already had in Laos and Cambodia during the ten-year extension of the Vietnam War. Thinking back to that historical point in time is also due today because it was clear to everyone involved that the Vietnam War had to be broken off - just like today in Iraq. However, the US extended it by 10 years and extended it to Laos and Cambodia, causing millions more deaths and injuries. Should this “recipe” also be applied now with an expansion of the war to include Iran? Paul Vermeulen's recourse to the beginnings of the cluster bombs suddenly made us aware of the flood of war events that have swept across the globe since then and that a dangerous habituation process underpins the whole thing for any peace effort. There is no talk of the next world war, but it is being waged and the American war cartel does not seem willing to end it even now. A video from Handicap International revealed with horror what an operation it took to search only a strip of 10 to 20 meters to the left and right of the main streets for unexploded submunition in southern Lebanon. It lies - some as small as a military pocket knife - covered in dust between stones, hidden in sandy earth, under leaves or grass. It will tear animals and people, children and adults to shreds as soon as someone steps on it. During the 2006 summer war, Israel lowered 2.6 to 4 million pieces of such submunition - each one a mine of its own - over Lebanon. The 34 manufacturing countries include Germany, Great Britain, Russia, China, India, Pakistan and, above all, the USA. After being used as UXO (unexploded ordnance), up to 40% of the submunition is in the landscape: a dark legacy. The fact that cluster ammunition hits the civilian population indiscriminately as area-wide ammunition is obvious and is probably intended by the war cartel. The war strategy of Bush America includes exhausting the surviving population in the affected countries for decades by caring for the disabled and the sick and keeping them politically depressed. It goes without saying that cluster ammunition is prohibited under the paragraphs of international humanitarian law. Spiez Laboratory - NATO Instrument? If you were "born" to a certain extent at this lecture yourself as a relatively robust contemporary, so much more - but in a completely different way - in the following lecture by Dr. Emmanuel Egger from the Spiez Laboratory. It deals with the topic of "Danger to the civilian population from DUMunition: Propaganda or reality" and explained at the outset that it was limited to the effects on the civilian population. He wanted, he explained with a smug, mocking undertone, to counter the warnings that had recently surfaced in the media regarding uranium ammunition. Then he put in a “08/15” lecture, as is well known from Natolian think tanks: No problem, measured values ​​correspond to the limit values ​​of natural uranium, nobody gets sick from it - you get the impression who died , it was your own fault - and even a "dirty bomb" with atomic components in one of our cities is only a matter of three to four weeks of cleaning up. Citizens should leave such questions to the Spiez Laboratory, and the war can go on with drums and trumpets. This «short version» is a reflection of the speaker's approach. Hague Land Warfare Regulations Article 22 The belligerents have no unlimited right to choose the means to harm the enemy. Article 23 Apart from the prohibitions established by special contracts, the following is specifically prohibited: [...] e) the use of weapons, projectiles or substances that are likely to cause unnecessary suffering, [...] small-caliber ammunition: «Prevent unnecessary suffering» Before discussion could be passed over, it was still the turn of the subject of “International Conventions and the Problems of Small-Caliber Weapons”. The ammunition, which was previously used in small-caliber weapons, had a relatively long line of fire and only developed its «mushrooming» effect, causing severe tearing injuries, after about 20 cm. Current studies show that 21% affect the head area, 13% the chest, 10% the stomach area and a whopping 56% hands, arms and legs together. This latter part of the injuries usually gets into the hands of doctors and surgeons in time, and it is precisely here that there is a vital difference between whether only a bullet hole has to be healed or an arm or leg has to be amputated because of a cruel laceration. New test methods make it possible to precisely measure the length of the penetration and the beginning of the "expansion" in the laboratory. As if the effects of the war weren't enough, in recent years the arms industry has had to develop small-caliber ammunition with a shortened line of fire (only 2-3 cm). Dr. sc. Forens Beat Kneubuehl argued that this ammunition should be tested for its effectiveness (and not its shape, which corresponds to the applicable prohibitions) in an approval procedure and that it should be forbidden with a shortened bullet line under the aspect of avoiding unnecessary suffering. His presentation was as plausible and undisputed as that of Paul Vermeulen. Does the Spiez Laboratory work dubiously? The presentation by Spiez is different. A seasoned representative from an independent left anti-war group came forward as the first participant in the discussion. He dossier uranium weapons 11 Zeit -fragen 2007 has read what doctors of the US Army have found in their veterans of the first Gulf War and continue to find out, including those returning from the second Gulf War. The speaker apparently knew Doug Rokke's literature. What Dr. Egger explained that it simply couldn't be right. Then an expert spoke up who had dealt with the latest report from Unep, the United Nations Development Department, on the possible use of uranium weapons in Lebanon. He found that Unep relied on, among other things, a “report” from the Spiez Laboratory, the content of which, in terms of type and scope of analysis, could not lead to the detection of uranium. The expert said that he would never have dared to do something like the Spiez Laboratory: get a soil sample, grind it up and homogenize it and only then take measurement samples without first looking into it with the microscope to determine any inhomogeneity . If it is then claimed that U238 is in equilibrium with the decay products, and only U234 is investigated but the other decay elements are left out, he urgently recommends that Switzerland withdraw this “report” from the Spiez Laboratory at the UN. Specialized laboratory of the British uranium industry “contradicts” Labor Spiez Finally, the independent uranium weapons expert Dai Williams from England, who was originally intended to be the speaker for the part on DU ammunition, also spoke up. The “small program change” obviously came from the VBS background. Dai Williams agreed with the criticism of the Spiez Laboratory: he was in Lebanon himself - once independently and once together with a team from Unep, which also included an employee from the Spiez Laboratory. Together they would have taken samples from a bomb crater. While the measurements by the Spiez laboratory did not reveal any signs of unnatural uranium in the samples, the analysis by the Harwell Laboratory - the highly specialized laboratory of the British uranium industry, where the British Army also has its analyzes - clearly and in several tests showed the presence uranium of unnatural origin, namely not only depleted uranium but also enriched - enriched - uranium. Dai Williams left open how this discrepancy could be explained. However, he referred to the interesting fact that the Spiez laboratory had examined samples from Kosovo that had been taken from 10 locations, all of which had previously been decontaminated by NATO. This fact not only raises questions about the fundamentals of Dr. Egger, but also with regard to the conclusions of the Unep report. The strange "statements" by Dr. Egger prompted the "film" of the argument about the consequences of radioactive radiation to be turned back briefly inwardly. In the run-up to the commemorative congresses for the 20 years since Chernobyl, this whole appeasement had already appeared everywhere. People continued to live there in the region, it was said, and they ate apples and white cabbage diligently. If there, and now also in Bosnia and Serbia, an increasing cancer and leukemia rate can be determined, then they would be sick from the sheer neurotic fear of radiation. At this point in time it was already clear to anyone familiar with the history of psychology as a science that this twist did not come from Russian cuisine.Uranium Weapons Dossier 12 Zeit -fragen 2007 NATO campaign aims to cover up the truth Some time before, in the second half of 2000 to January 2001, there had been a lively debate about the mysterious diseases in the NATO countries, especially Italy, Spain and a few others. from which their soldiers returning from the Kosovo war fell ill and died relatively quickly. The father of one of the soldiers who died in Germany wanted his son to be exhumed and examined by forensic medicine: he was forbidden to do so. The public debate then dropped noticeably. Under public pressure, NATO began a professional PR campaign in January 2001, led by then Secretary General Lord Robertson. At a press conference on January 10, 2001, he presented American scientists with officer rank who had been involved in the introduction of uranium ammunition 20 years earlier and who now knew how to report on their harmlessness. Within days, a full-scale action plan was initiated by the general staff, which, in addition to the constant repetition of these "truths" for the general public, also included the adoption of previously critical non-governmental organizations, the "coordination" of further scientific research and the establishment of a new commission of inquiry . As early as February 2001, the former British General Hughes Beach, who introduced uranium ammunition for the British tank fleet in the early 1980s, was able to use the same smug and mocking tone as Dr. Egger write: «... the rest is a typical bureaucratic answer. When in doubt, set up a new commission. But it could serve to dispel the current murmur in public and to divert the demands on Germany, Italy, Greece and Norway, which are directed to the abandonment of the use of uranium ammunition. " Since then there has been a cowardly calm in mainstream Europe. Apparently Spiez Laboratory included. Our ABC laboratory has been trusted by the world up to now. It was a hope for third world countries plagued by war: that neutral Switzerland, committed to the humanitarian conventions, would protect the interests of the people - their lives - and, with foresight and responsibly, influence the warring powers. That hope is dying right now - unless the course is corrected. This requires political will, just like cleaning up the CIA prison flights - nothing more is necessary. The action results from it. Withdrawing the report submitted by Labor Spiez to Unep on the damage caused by uranium ammunition in Lebanon is a simple step. Settling or reinstalling real employees in Spiez with our tax money, too. As a Swiss citizen, you would like to add the recommendation that the DDPS never again send such a speaker on a lecture tour on the subject of “Dangers to the civilian population from uranium weapons”. Whether it is incompetence or a pull from NATO, or whether the DDPS and the Spiez Laboratory are gradually playing the role of a pro-American fifth column in Switzerland, must be examined by the relevant parliamentary commissions. • Prevent unnecessary suffering! Revised Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons of 1980 (CCW, Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons) Art. 3 General restrictions on the use of mines, booby traps and uranium weapons dossier 13 Time issues 2007 other devices 1. This article applies to a) mines , b) booby traps; and c) other devices. 2. Each High Contracting Party or party to a conflict shall be responsible, in accordance with this Protocol, for all mines, booby traps and other devices used by it and undertake to evacuate, dispose of, destroy or destroy them as set out in Article 10 to entertain. 3. It is forbidden under all circumstances to use mines, booby traps, or any other device designed or capable of causing unnecessary injury or suffering. […] 8. Indiscriminate use of the weapons to which this article applies is prohibited. Any attachment of such weapons is deemed to be indiscriminate use, a) which is not aimed at a military target or is not directed against such a target. In case of doubt, it is presumed that an object usually intended for civil purposes, such as a place of worship, a house, other dwelling or a school, is not used to effectively contribute to military activities, b) in the laying methods or means which cannot be directed against a specific military target, or c) which is likely to also cause civilian casualties, civilian injuries, damage to civilian objects or several such consequences combined in are disproportionate to the expected concrete and immediate military advantage. No. 7, February 21, 2007, page 10 How uranium dust damages the body The biologist and cancer expert Rosalie Bertell explains in her essay how the uranium nanoparticles influence the metabolic processes of the body cells and the genetic information of the DNA in the cells . It makes it clear that at the level of biological cell processes there are always a multitude of factors that interact with one another. Only taking this complexity into account can the full damaging effects of uranium dust as a radioactive heavy metal, along with other factors, emerge. The one-dimensional mathematical damage calculations of the radiation commissions in the service of the military-industrial complex cannot - and do not want - to take note of the damage caused by the uranium dust. In summary, she states: The problems “are far too complex to be assessed using a reductionist method that filters out the toxic effect of a single component - even if it is DU. An increase in free radicals, heavy metal poisoning, uranium weapons dossier 14 Zeit -fragen 2007 the complexity and sensitivity of disturbed cell reactions, damaged organelles, dysfunctional enzymes and hormones and the penetration of mycoplasmas - all processes that take place simultaneously within vital organs - cause enormous problems for that Life and survival. The mathematical methodology used by physicists is not suitable for insoluble nanoparticles such as the ceramic DU, which is stored internally along with this toxic soup. The standard mathematical calculation of the radiation-related cancer death risk is likely to be misleading due to the numerous other carcinogenic mechanisms, malfunctions in cell repair and complex biochemical reactions that are not included in the calculations. For those veterans whose illnesses were caused by internal radioactive contamination and the various malfunctions of the cells, and who nevertheless try to lead a normal life and to feed their families, the radiation-physical prediction of the risk of cancer death from low-radiation is likely to be both wrong as well as irrelevant. However, the authorities will take these incorrect model calculations very seriously when it comes to awarding damages. The war veterans, as well as the medical staff who help them, need to understand what happened in this war and what can be done to improve the situation of the veterans. They need medical, financial and political help. " • Source: International Journal of Health Services, Volume 36, Number 3, Pages 503-520, 2006 й 2006, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc., Page 516 (Translation Time Issues) Horrible Consequences for the Expectant Child «Soluble uranium oxide and all nanoparticles can penetrate the placenta, and they are particularly toxic to the rapidly developing embryo or fetus. In low doses, they damage the fetal brain and cause behavior problems such as aggressiveness and hyperactivity or mental retardation. Congenital malformations and diseases are further teratogenic effects. The not yet fully developed immune and hormonal systems of the fetus are more at risk than those of an adult. An official epidemiological study * looked at the health of the children of Gulf War veterans. It was a study of veterans in general and was not limited to those who had Gulf War Syndrome or who were known to have been exposed to DU. This study of birth defects in children of war veterans in the United States, conducted by Han Kang of the US Department of Veterans ’Affairs, focused on the first pregnancy after returning home from the Gulf War. Just under 21,000 veterans from all four branches of the armed forces, some still in active service and some retired, were included in the study (around 70% of the people who received questionnaires). Male Gulf War veterans were found to be twice as likely to have children with birth defects as female veterans were found to be three times higher than in the case of uranium weapons 15 Zeit -frage 2007 veterans who had not served in the first Gulf War . Birth defects included fused fingers and toes, heart murmurs, chromosome abnormalities, and brain tumors. The researchers excluded cases of developmental disorders, prenatal complications and childhood diseases from the study. " • Source: Bertell, Rosalie, op. Cit., Page 514 * Epidemiology is the study of the spread and causes of health-related conditions and events in populations. Uranium ammunition - the efficient killer Invitation to the information event Ammunition made from depleted uranium was and is still used in war zones, but this is denied and concealed. Serious damage to health is found not only in soldiers but also in the civilian population, and the environment is contaminated with uranium. This information event aims to raise awareness and promote the outlawing of these weapons through the involvement of the EU Parliament and the national parliament. Conference location Date Bozen, Maretsch Castle Friday, March 30, 2007, 5 - 7.30 pm Program 5 pm Welcome address 5.10 pm Film "The doctor and the irradiated children of Basra" Frieder Wagner, filmmaker, Cologne 6.10 pm Lecture: "Urano, il nemico invisibile »Stefania Divertito (journalist and book author, Naples / Rome) 6.40 p.m. Lecture:“ Uranium Colonialism ”Claus Biegert (journalist, STP, Munich) followed by a discussion organizer Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), Organization for a World of Solidarity (OEW), supported by Sepp Kusstatscher, MEP (Group of the Greens in the EU Parliament) Information: Tel. +43 471 312 280 No. 8, February 27, 2007, pages 1, 2, 3 Iran must prepare to repel a nuclear attack from General Leonid Ivashov, Russia Uranium Weapons Dossier 16 Time Issues 2007 In the entire flow of information that comes from the Middle East, there are more and more reports indicating that the US will be facing nuclear strikes within the next few months en Iran. For example, according to well-informed but not named circles, the Kuwaiti Arab Times wrote that the US was planning to carry out a missile and bomb attack on Iranian territory before the end of April 2007. The attack will come from the sea and be supported by the Patriot missile defense system to avoid a ground offensive and to reduce the effectiveness of a counterattack on "any state in the Persian Gulf". “Any state” mostly refers to Iran. The source that supplied the information to the Kuwaiti newspaper believes that US forces in Iraq and other countries in the region can be defended against all possible Iranian missile attacks by the Patriot missiles near the border. Thus the preparations for a new US aggression have reached the final phase. The executions of Hussein and his closest allies were part of these preparations. They served the endeavors of US strategists as a “cover operation” to intentionally escalate the situation both around Iran and in the entire Middle East. If one analyzes the consequences of this act, one sees first of all that the US ordered the former Iraqi leader and his allies to be hanged. This shows that the US has decided on an irreversible plan to divide Iraq into three belligerent pseudo-states - one Shiite, one Sunni and one Kurdish. Washington calculates that a controlled chaos situation will help control the supply of oil from the Persian Gulf and other strategically important transport routes for the oil. Creation of a zone of endless bloody conflict and destabilization of the region The most important aspect in this matter is that in the heart of the Middle East a zone of endless bloody conflict is created and that the neighboring countries of Iraq - Iran, Syria, Turkey (Kurdistan) - inevitably be drawn into it. This will solve the problem of completely destabilizing the region; a task of the utmost importance for the USA and especially for Israel. The war in Iraq was just one element in a series of steps in the process of destabilizing the region. It was only one stage in the process of getting closer to the goal of dealing with Iran and other countries that the US has declared or will declare rogue states. However, it is not easy for the US to become embroiled in another military campaign now while Iraq and Afghanistan are not "pacified". (The US lacks the necessary resources for such an operation.) In addition, protests against the policies of the Washington Neocons are intensifying around the world. Based on what has been said so far, the US will use nuclear weapons against Iran. This will be the second instance of the use of nuclear weapons in a military conflict after the US attack on Japan in 1945. Since October 2006, the Israeli military and political circles have spoken openly about the uranium weapons dossier 17 Zeit -frage 2007, the possibility of a nuclear strike and missile attack against Iran, and the idea was immediately supported by G. Bush. Right now this idea is being sold as the "necessity" of an atomic strike. The public is taught to believe that such a "possibility" is nothing absurd and that such a nuclear strike is quite feasible. There is no other way to "stop" Iran. How will the other nuclear powers react? In the case of Russia, at best it will boil down to condemning the nuclear strikes, and at worst, as in the case of the aggression against Yugoslavia, the answer will be something like “although the US made a mistake the victim himself provoked this attack ». In principle, Europe will react in the same way. Perhaps the negative reaction from China and various other countries to the nuclear aggression will be stronger. In any case, there will be no atomic retaliation against the US armed forces (the US is absolutely certain of that). The UN has no meaning in this context. After the UN Security Council failed to condemn the aggression against Yugoslavia, it was practically partly responsible for it. This institution is only able to pass resolutions which Russian and French diplomacy understand as a prohibition on the use of force, but which the American and British diplomats interpret this in exactly the opposite sense, namely as approval of their aggression. As for Israel, it is certain that it will be affected by Iranian missile attacks. Perhaps the resistance from Hezbollah and the Palestinians will grow stronger. Behaving as victims, the Israelis will provoke to justify their aggression and suffer some tolerable damage. After that, the indignant US will finally destabilize Iran and pretend it is still a noble retaliation mission. The world must urgently demand compliance with international law or the madness will continue. Some people tend to believe that concerns about global protests can stop the US. I do not believe this. The importance of this factor should not be overestimated. In the past, I spent hours trying to convince Milosevic that NATO was preparing an attack on Yugoslavia. For a long time he couldn't believe this. He kept telling me: “Just read the UN Charter. What reasons will they have for doing this? " But they did. They shamefully ignored international law and did it. What do we have today? Yes it was a shock. One was outraged. But the result was exactly what the aggressors wanted - Milosevic is dead, Yugoslavia is divided, and Serbia is a colony - NATO officers have set up their headquarters in the country's Ministry of Defense. The same thing happened with Iraq. There was a shock and one was outraged. But what the US is concerned with today is not how big the shock is, but how big the income from its military-industrial complex is.The information that a second US aircraft carrier will arrive in the Persian Gulf by the end of January enables the possible development of the uranium weapons dossier to be analyzed. When attacking Iran, the US will use nuclear weapons primarily from the air. Cruise missiles (equipped with aircraft carriers, ships and submarines) and possibly ballistic missiles will be used. Perhaps the atomic strikes will be followed by air strikes from the aircraft carriers and other attacks. The US command is trying to rule out a ground operation: Iran has a strong army, and US forces would likely suffer massive losses. This is unacceptable to Bush, who is already in a difficult position anyway. Nor are ground troops needed to destroy Iran's infrastructure, turn back the country's development, create panic and create political, economic and military chaos. This can be achieved by first using nuclear and then conventional means of warfare. This is the purpose of relocating the aircraft carrier formation near the Iranian coast. What means of self-defense does Iran have? They are substantial, but compared to the US armed forces, they are much weaker. Iran has 29 Russian gate systems, which are definitely an important addition to the Iranian air defense system. However, at the moment Iran has no reliable protection against air strikes. The US tactics will be the same as usual: first, the air defense and radar systems will be switched off. After that, the aircraft in the air and on the ground, the control installations and the infrastructure are attacked without taking any risk. From now [1/24/07] on, we will see in the next few weeks that the information war machine will begin its work. There will be growing anti-Iranian militarist hysteria, new information leaks, disinformation, etc. At the same time, everything that has been said so far will be a signal for the pro-Western opposition and for part of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's elite to prepare for the coming developments. The US hopes that an attack on Iran will inevitably lead to chaos in the country and that it will be possible to bribe some Iranian generals to create a fifth column in the country. Of course, Iran is very different from Iraq. But, if the aggressor succeeds in creating a conflict between the two groups of the Iranian military - the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and the army - the country will find itself in a critical situation, especially if the US manages to do so at the beginning of its campaign Eliminate Iranian leadership and carry out a nuclear attack or massive conventional blow against the country's central command. A new 9/11 pretext in the sense of the "Reichstag fire" at the time? Today the likelihood of a US attack against Iran is extremely high. It remains unclear, however, whether the US Congress will approve the war. It may take a provocation to remove this obstacle (for example an attack on Israel or targets in the US, including the military bases). The extent of this provocation could be compared to that of the 9/11 attack. be comparable in New York. Then Congress will surely approve and say yes to the President. • Dossier uranium weapons 19 Zeit -fragen 2007 Source: www.globalresearch.ca, Strategic Cultural Foundation (Russia), from January 24, 2007. (Translation from English: Time Issues) General Leonid Ivashov is Vice-President of the Academy for Geopolitical Affairs. He was head of the General Affairs Department in the Ministry of Defense of the Soviet Union, Secretary of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Head of the Department of Military Cooperation at the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and Chief of Staff of the Russian Armies. No. 9, March 5, 2007, pages 8, 9 Reflecting on the Yugoslavia war and its consequences NATO's use of uranium weapons and the disinformation campaign to cover up their consequences ws. December 2000, the population in all European countries was concerned: In every country that had provided soldiers for the KFOR troops called up by the UN after the Kosovo war in 1999, alarming reports reached the public: many of the soldiers deployed returned after theirs Mission back to their home countries seriously ill. Compared to their age group, tens of times more soldiers died of a particularly aggressive form of leukemia, suffered from rare respiratory diseases or complained of symptoms that were soon declared as "Balkan syndrome". The clear parallel to the “Gulf War Syndrome” of American war veterans and the suffering and death of the Iraqi civilian population became abundantly clear. More and more independent researchers - especially doctors and epidemiologists - recognized as early as the 1990s the connection between the problems caused by radioactive chemical poisoning of people as a result of the ingestion of uranium dust in the air or in food. At this point in time, anyone who had access to specialist literature already knew about the devastating consequences of today's “modern” wars. But how could it come that this topic has been kept so completely out of the media in recent years and that the knowledge about the deadly effects of uranium weapons is only now gradually beginning to gain a foothold in the general public, as in the CNN Special Investigation - Broadcast from 5./6. February 2007? The state of knowledge about the effects of uranium weapons Through medical practice and numerous scientific studies, a great deal of knowledge is now available about the formation and effects of uranium dust in the human body. * The state of knowledge is briefly summarized as follows: The NATO combat units have in the of Weapons made of uranium (tank shells and bombs that break bunkers) were used in wars they waged. Due to its extraordinary density - it is almost twice as heavy as lead - uranium has an extreme penetrating power when it hits a target with a high dossier uranium weapons 20 time questions 2007 speed as a projectile. When impacting and penetrating a hard target, the uranium projectiles burn explosively to uranium dust, up to 70% of the mass (even more in the case of bunker-breaking bombs). This uranium dust consists for the most part of particles that are smaller than 2 microns (millionths of a meter) and that, when inhaled, can overcome the blood-air barrier in the lungs and penetrate the body. About half of these uranium particles are soluble, which means that a large part of them are washed out via the blood and kidneys after days. Some of the clinical pictures are caused by this body's own transport route of uranium: kidney pain, metabolic diseases, kidney diseases. The other half of the uranium particles absorbed by the body is in a ceramic uranium oxide form that cannot be flushed out or only slowly over a period of years. After penetrating the body, these particles can spread through the blood and the lymphatic system in the entire organism and settle at any point. Due to the on-site damage to the surrounding tissue due to the chemical (heavy metal) and radioactive (alpha rays, beta and gamma rays due to the decay products of uranium), a wide variety of diseases arise depending on the point of action: metabolic diseases, immunodeficiency diseases, bleeding, cancer, in particular noticeable leukemia and lymphomas. The distribution of uranium dust in the body is particularly indicated by the diseases that occur in different organs at the same time. An otherwise very rare accumulation of multiple cancer foci occurring simultaneously and independently in the body points to this course, as do the cancers that occur more frequently in certain geographical regions or families that did not previously exist in the region or in the families concerned. The radioactive damage particularly affects the developing child in the womb. The radioactive radiation damages the genetic material of individual body cells, so that extreme malformations arise in the course of further cell division and organ development in the fetus. In addition to monstrous deformations (organs lying outside the body, brain lying outside the skull, missing head, fish skin and eyes and many other anomalies), children are often born without eyes and with deformed limbs. That's the facts. Facts published in 1991 by the German doctor Professor Dr. med. Siegwart-Horst Günther were first described for the Iraqi civilian population; Facts published in 1992 by the American radiation doctor and former US military doctor Prof. Dr. med. Asaf Durakovic has been identified for American Gulf War veterans and researchers such as the epidemiologist Rosalie Bertell have been repeatedly referred to with urgency; Facts that the peace movement in Europe from the end of the 90s and then also a broader European public in December 2000 and early January 2001 became aware of through many media reports. In January 2001 the European newspapers were filled with reports on the situation. In view of these facts and the level of knowledge of the European peace movements, the question arises unavoidably: why have we humans not been alarmed in every fiber of our hearts and feelings in view of this situation since January 2001 at the latest? Why don't the images of sick children and newborns make us startle, think and act? Uranium Weapons Dossier 21 Zeit -fragen 2007 The “full scale action plan” of NATO The population has been distracted and misled by the US-led NATO since the mid-1990s at the latest in the USA and since spring 2001 at the latest in Europe. This disinformation campaign is - besides the use of the uranium weapons themselves - another crime that the US government and the NATO leadership have committed since 2001. Mira Beham and Jörg Becker describe in their study Operation Balkan: Advertising for War and Death, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2006, ISBN 3-8329-1900-7, what such political manipulation orders look like. January 2001, more precisely January 10, 2001, on which NATO, moderated by then Secretary General Lord Robertson, held a press conference and a briefing for selected journalists with scientists in the service of the military, is an important date that marks the turning point. Up to this date alarming reports about the uranium weapon problem had been published daily in the "leading media" of many European countries, and politicians and parties - interestingly always from the respective opposition camps - spoke up. Their reflections became contributions to a public debate via the leading media. After January 10, 2001, the discussion fell silent. Der Spiegel did not end the treatment of the subject until January 22, 2001 - with an article that was still very readable. Others had already “turned off” beforehand, and from February onwards, no further reports on the subject were published in these media - as if on command. Instead - to make it clear to everyone - some specially prepared, “closing” events were held at which scientists, on the pay of dependent institutions, gave the all-clear and the military and politicians present implemented the “end of the debate” resolution. Since then, there has been grave silence in the political public debate and in the mass media. Every now and then there was a flare-up of revolt from humane and committed citizens and politicians, as happened, for example, in Switzerland and Germany. But this rebellion was repeatedly brought to a standstill for an unclear background. Since the big media were no longer or were no longer allowed to take on the matter, the process of attracting and becoming aware of what was intended for a democratic society failed to materialize. The fact that the "findings" presented were fabricated in controlled laboratories and organizations at a more superficial glance, while upright scientists were supposed to be broken by reprisals, was no longer noticed by the average citizen. A long time has passed since then, in which dying in the cancer wards or simply in people's homes continued unabated in the war regions affected. Since then, in further wars in Afghanistan and Iraq further deaths have been wanted and made. People who did not allow themselves to be dissuaded Quite a few personalities stuck to the cause over the years. In sympathy for the civilian population and for the burned-out soldiers, they continued to work tirelessly and brought together fact by fact. Important examples and role models are mentioned. In autumn 2003, Marion Küpker and others held the “World Dossier Uranium Weapons 22 Time Questions 2007 Uranium Weapons Conference”, the “World Uranwaffenkonferenz” (www.uranwaffenkonferenz.de). Over a period of three days, this conference brought together the experiences and knowledge of those affected and researchers from all over the world. Without exaggeration, humanity can be eternally grateful to the organizers and participants for this conference - because we will have to live forever with the effects of uranium weapons. Each individual conference contribution - to be ordered from the Internet or downloaded online - is a document in itself. Dai Williams has been an independent researcher since 1999 shedding light on the fearsome arsenal of the warring powers. As a compassionate person and a politically active citizen, he and others have carried out meticulous investigations, written reports and statements that are worthy of being noted very carefully by the politically responsible bodies and institutions. (For example on the recent Lebanon War: www.eoslifework.co.uk/pdfs/u26leb19oct.pdf) In America, Gulf War veterans have come together and decided not to accept being sent by the Veterans Administration to dying in isolated hospitals to be deported. There are similar organizations in Great Britain and also in France. (Information for example at: www.traprockpeace.org/depleted_uranium.html and www.poisondust.org) Felicity Arbuthnot describes in her article from the February 2007 issue of The Ecologist under the title “They’ve sent Helbig after me. A dark tale of how the powers that be try to discredit those who oppose their world view »how scientists were intimidated and threatened by a small Pentagon working group. Despite the conditions of the embargo, Iraqi scientists have set about the arduous work of collecting and evaluating geological and epidemiological measurement data. Professor Souad N. Al-Azzawi offers a careful overview of her own work and that of her colleagues in her publication “Depleted Uranium Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview” (www.globalresearch.ca/index.php? Context = viewArticle & code = AL- 20060831 & articleId = 3116). Prof. Al-Azzawi was honored for her work with the Nuclear Free Future Resistance Award initiated by Claus Biegert and Franz Moll. (www.nuclear-free.com/deutsch/ souad.htm) Various filmmakers, touched by the suffering of people, have worked with great personal commitment and created works that allow us citizens to deal with the issue of radioactive To turn back to armed wars and the battered civilian population. The German filmmaker Frieder Wagner has turned his 2004 documentary “The doctor and the irradiated children of Basra” into a cinema version that is currently being presented at various film festivals under the name “Deadly Dust” and will soon be shown in cinemas. The Japanese photojournalist and filmmaker Naomi Toyoda was in Iraq several times and also during the second Gulf War. His film "Unknown Terror of DU - Iraqi Children now" is also deeply shocking and challenges our actions. (Contact address for ordering the film: [email protected]