Around 50 European MP’s visited the Gaza Strip this weekend on a pre arranged tour to see for themselves the true situation in Gaza but does it serve any purpose? Almost throughout the history of Palestine we have seen political figures pontificating over the injustices against the people of Gaza and West Bank but nothing ever changes. I would certainly promote such visits by anyone but only if they indentify and resolve the many issues that exist rather than just return to their offices for business as usual.
We see this scenario time and time again with ex US Presidents, the UN Secretary General and many more high profile people but nothing ever happens. I totally agree that any publicity that highlights the Palestine cause is better than none at all but it all comes done to that simple quotation - “Action Speaks Louder than Words.”
Throughout the history of Palestine we have seen the Israeli Government nibble away at its territory reducing it to one very small enclave (Gaza Strip) and one much larger enclave (West Bank). Now within West Bank we see again the carving up of all that is left of this ancient land called Palestine. Many people, including those many political figures are not aware that 2/3 of West Bank is totally controlled by Israel and remains a “No Go Area” for those who are supposed to own it.
Despite all the objections from UN and the most senior political figures the Israeli Government continues its building programme and the promotion and influx of Jewish Zionist. Those few remaining Palestinian towns or villages are themselves being isolated from each other. We see this huge “Berlin type Wall” cutting through its heart and we see even small villages being cut off from each other. We see roads in the West Bank now being restricted to Israeli settlers only and massive tracts of land becoming restricted by either the military or the government.
In Gaza we see a new underground wall under construction that is being built by the Egyptians. This wall was designed and paid for by the US with the full approval of their partner in crime Israel. We now also see that Israel will build an above ground wall between Israel and Egypt starting at the Southern Gaza border and heading down towards to Gulf of Aqaba.
What I find fascinating is that some of the MP’s on this trip have already made multiple visits to Gaza and in some cases trips to Israel and yet still nothing gets done. I do not hear these MP’s thumping their benches in their respective Parliaments on such topics as the use of uranium based weapons that were used by the IDF during “Cast Lead” and continue to be used up to the current time on Gaza!
I do not hear them objecting at all to any weapons used by the US, UK, NATO or IDF in all the current war zones. I do not hear them complaining about this gross contamination of not only the current areas of conflict but also the rest of the world. I do not see the UN making any attempt to prohibit all weapons that contain uranium components and I ask myself why?
Perhaps the size of the problem is now too big for anyone with a once of logic to deal with? Perhaps they dare not admit to the past and ongoing contamination of our beautiful world, to the millions of troops and innocent civilians they have fallen victim to the dreaded syndrome?
What is even more horrific is the abuse by Presidents, World’s political leaders and senior members of the armed forces who blatantly have used and continue to use these evil weapons that they say are conventional weapons. Any weapon that contains uranium in any form is not a conventional weapon but certainly constitutes being a WMD. They are totally indiscriminate and do not identify international borders.
Perhaps some of you are about to be shocked by the contents of this next paragraph and look deeply into the implications of my words. You must also fully understand the consequences of this total abuse by our leaders and that they have failed miserably in their duty of care towards their respective citizens. This is mass genocide on a grand scale.
WMD’s were and are still being used in both Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. There was even one report that accused the US of using a nuclear weapon to the value of 5 kilotons to the East of Basra. It was also around this time that General Neal also revealed that no civilians remained in Basra and thus he classified Basra as a legitimate military target and authorised B52 Saturation Bombing (Carpet Bombing) which was directly against Article 51 of the Geneva Protocols when around 800,000 civilians were still hiding in fear within the city. It is also a known fact that the city and the region were peppered by many weapons containing uranium components. This has created a terrible tragedy in Basra with massive hikes in cancers, diabetes and gross birth defects etc. A similar fate was bestowed on Falujah and other areas as we have since found out. It is believed that both EU/DU weapons were used extensively during the Iraqi War
We now come to Afghanistan which makes the aftermath in Iraq almost appear insignificant by comparison. It is understood that in addition to the terrible effects of the carpet bombing during the start of the war in Afghanistan that four possible nuclear weapons were used (5 kilotons) in the Tora Bora Mountains and elsewhere. The nuclear fallout in this entire region would have been excessive and obviously this would have travelled to other local areas, Pakistan, India, Himalayas and beyond. It is also known that in addition to the standard DU “Bunker Buster” the US developed a nuclear version of this weapon called the B61-11. We may never know the truth on the nuclear issue but for sure we know that depleted uranium weapons are evil and continue to manifest themselves in the health statistics in so many countries around the world, especially those downwind of Afghanistan such as India’s Punjab region.
We now fully understand, especially with depleted uranium, that the total effect can only be described as catastrophic on the world’s populations and their environment. If one can imagine the Himalayas receiving a heavy dosage and being the source of some of the world’s major river systems for China, Pakistan, India and Southeast Asia.
Now we see the US and Israel on a war footing with Iran and an assortment of new high tech weapons emerging. We have the old MOAB sitting around with its all up weight being 21,700 lbs and now the US is rushing through its Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) which is being designed specifically for the Iranian Nuclear Facilities and the North Korean Facilities. This new weapon being built by Boeing can penetrate around 200 feet into the ground before detonating and one can just imagine what this terrible weapon contains.
An attack on Iran alone would create a catastrophic contamination plume throughout the entire Middle East Region within a day or so covering from Turkey and the East Mediterranean Region…down to the UAE - Gulf of Aden, up to beyond the Caspian Sea and across to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India etc. If one can picture the interaction between uranium based weapons and active nuclear facilities in Iran we are looking at something far worse than the Chernobyl accident. Then we have the contamination eventually reaching Europe and other far reaching places within 7-10 days.
As we have already learnt from the Baghdad “Shock and Awe” bombing the atmosphere over the Oxfordshire countryside almost went off the scale with radioactive nanoparticles and again from the Tora Bora bombing in Afghanistan. This event is now well documented but the British people never knew what was happening at the time.
So I come back to the flock of European political sheep currently in Gaza at the moment and ask them that when they return…..stop pontificating and address the real issues that exist in this word – that of uranium contamination on a global scale.
Only Belgium has so far prohibited these weapons from its soil…..that is the base for NATO so why can’t the rest of the world follow this example? Obama, Brown and other leaders are talking about reducing or banning nuclear weapons but they are all hiding behind a false façade when they continue to allow the manufacturing and usage of so called conventional weapons that contain uranium components.
Only people will force change now as most of the political elite are funded by the pro Israel lobby in their respective election campaigns. They are also whisked away to Israel from time to time on an all expenses paid holiday. It is obvious that this practice is extensive in the US, UK and EU with such establishments as the Conservative Friends of Israel, the Labour Friends of Israel and the Lib Dems etc
We have seen the manipulation of these groups in securing a better deal for Israel and also where possible the rejection of any action against Israel such as UN Resolutions, Foreign Policy Support and not forgetting the Goldstone report rejection. This is a clear indication that both the Christian and Jewish Zionists are making sure that Congress, UK Parliament and EU Parliament are well represented with well funded supporters or their own direct involvement. Some very senior positions on both sides of the pond must shed some doubt as to who is controlling the politics of the West.
As for the “Road Map to Peace”……..it never happened and it’s never going to happen as all the roads go nowhere and if they do it is road blocked by the Israel Government or the IDF.
It is time that we stopped playing this game of peace negotiations with Israel and allowed the Palestinians to put their case forward directly with the United Nations, UNCLOS and the ICJ. If the UN will not fix the problem then Palestine should announce its own “Declaration of Independence” and let the world decide on who is right or wrong.
As we near the end of this special week of remembrance for Gaza I would just like to apologise to the people of Gaza and Palestine for the inactivity of the world and the Arab League in not standing by you during this terrible year of torture and despair. I know that you are very strong and can survive this continuous intimidation by Israel and one can only hope that 2010 bring some change for you all.
Peter Eyre – Middle East Consultant – 15/1/2010