UN: You may continue bombing Libya with uranium bombs if we may clean it

The UN is specialized in the removal of depleted uranium in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and Libanon. Why then NATO has an UN-mandate to bomb Libya with bombs of depleted uranium ?
Did the UN signed a deal with NATO (‘You may continue bombing with uranium bombs if we can clean up the uranium’) ?

Photo: Heads of UN-delegations, Seminar on Depleted Uranium, Jordan, Amman, May 2005 – Libya has already been bombed with more than 5.000 uranium bombs and the bombings continue.

5 thoughts on “UN: You may continue bombing Libya with uranium bombs if we may clean it

  1. kruitvat Post author

    PressTV – ‘West uses depleted uranium in Libya’
    Press TV interviewed Randy Short, a human rights activist in Tripoli
    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/183361.html

    There is a “significant difference” between what is being covered on the Libyan intervention by Western media outlets and what is happening in the North African country, human right activist says.

    There have been reports of depleted uranium, cluster bombs and other illegal substances in the capital city Tripoli, despite NATOs denial of depleted uranium used in its humanitarian efforts in Libya.

    Press TV interviews Randy Short, a human rights activist in Tripoli, to further discuss the issue.

    Press TV: Is there a difference of what you are hearing in the main stream media and what you have found so far?

    Short: Yes, there is a significant difference, one that, the people are not turning against the Jamahiriya or their spiritual leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. There seem to be a lot of determination to resist by any means necessary.

    Also what we are seeing a lot of people being injured by bombs, had been ordinary civilians in residential areas, not soldiers, not people as military targets, but people who are more or less the victims of terror bombings, like what was done to Vietnam, Cambodia, Grenada, Panama, that sort of treatment of people,.

    Press TV: So, doctor short, have you visited the areas that have been bombed by NATO?

    I’ve been to one particular area; we have been to Saif Gaddafi’s house, and in that community, which was residential, and saw the damage to civilian homes. They didn’t just blow up Saif’s house, but the neighbor’s right across the ally, there home had to be abandoned, it was destroyed, glass was smashed, roofs fell in, and several people were injured seriously.

    There were even other houses were fragmentations from bomb reinforced concrete walls across the street.

    Press TV: Now, we were talking just a little while ago and you were telling me about reports which you had heard about depleted uranium being used…

    Yes, there is a group of people dealing with the environmental impact of NATO’s invasion or attack on Libya. And reports are coming in of these unusual weapons that are being used, depleted uranium, cluster bombs, and other things that should be illegal to be used.

    Press TV: Now has this been documented?

    Short: The material is in Arabic. I think if there is an opportunity to share what we are finding, I would gladly do that. I think we will speak again.

    Press TV: You have talked about some of the military installations, now tell me the about that, That they were not as secure as they once were?

    They are not secure at all. the people who were guarding for the mustard gas and the yellow cake uranium and other materials that I guess there was an agreement signed in, December 2003, as Gaddafis people began to pull these things out of circulation they became secure, everything wasn’t handed to the people who handle weapons of mass destruction.

    So, there is still stuff out there, and without the soldiers of the national Libyan government protecting it, it means it … in with these people, and as you know there is a relationship between al-Qaeda and these so called rebels in eastern Libya, that means, they have the opportunity to go and get material. And our feeling is that this will used to end up being a another sick black flag attack on ,maybe, the public in Europe or someplace used ,maybe, for an excuse for war, maybe against Iran.

    So there will be a provocation if this stuff isn’t secure, and then we will have more wars and more excuses and there will be more lies.

    Press TV: Are you telling me that there are weapons of mass destruction that are not secure right now in Libya?

    Exactly, the raw material for which it could be made is not secure, and I don’t consider it secure if it’s in the hands of these people who have been very reckless with money, with human life.

    Press TV: Why do you say that they have been reckless with money? Are you talking about the people in Benghazi? And what exactly do you mean about that?

    The people in Benghazi got control of the central bank of Benghazi and they have squandered LYD 900 million, and USD 505 million, and the have not yet paid the people who work for the local government, there not paying their bills, the money has disappeared. Can you imagine what they would do with yellow cake uranium, or mustard gas?

    They have also extra-judicially had people murdered. These are not rational careful, considerate bureaucrat; some of these people are just madden killers.

    Press TV: Why are you in Tripoli at this time? What are you looking for exactly?

    The American people are not told the truth about what happens in the Middle East, we are not told the truth about all these wars. We are being told that Tripoli has being leveled by NATO and it’s just any number of days before Libya falls to get people to give up hope and to just accept how thing are happening.

    We wanted to what was here, and what were finding is something very different from what we here from CNN or Aljazeera. On top of that we wanted to show that here are Americans who care about Africa, we care about the Middle East, I am a Christian, but I care about Muslims, and we want peace and I think that Mr. Obama does not deserve this peace prize for him to use this a weapon to attack people of colored Muslims around the world. We want peace we want justice, we want a free Africa, we want a secure Iran, we want a safe Venezuela. We want peace; we want the money spent on wars to stop and to be spent on rebuilding New Orleans, Detroit.

    They don’t have the right to. America is like Nazi Germany against the rest of the world.

    REZ/MGH

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  2. kruitvat Post author

    The US is flying A-10s over Libya. The A-10 Thunderbolts, known also as Warthogs, have a particularly large automatic cannon which fires an unusually large 30 mm shell. These shells are often fitted with solid uranium projectiles.

    Cities in Iraq where Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons were heavily used, such as Basra, Samara, Baghdad, Mosul and probably especially Fallujah, which was virtually leveled in a November 2004 Marine assault, are showing high rates of birth defects, many of which, along with unusually high rates of leukemia, medical experts say are emblematic of fetal radiation damage.

    A University of Michigan peer-reviewed study of births in Fallujah (Iraq) published in December 2010 found that of 547 births in Fallujah General Hospital in May of 2010, six years after the all-out US assault on that city of 300,000, in which DU weapons were reportedly used widely, 15% of babies had birth defects–a rate more than five times higher than the global average of 2-3%.

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  3. kruitvat Post author

    ‘In 2001, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published the findings from the first-ever assessment on the environmental impact of the use of depleted uranium (DU) originating from a real conflict situation. This work was conducted in Kosovo in 2000 and followed-up one year later in Serbia and Montenegro. Since then, UNEP has become a
    reference in the scientific community regarding the impacts of DU when used in a conflict situation’.

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  4. kruitvat Post author

    Battle for Libya & Depleted Uranium Munitions

    Although NATO flatly denies using depleted uranium in bombings in Libya, others like Gulf War veteran and depleted uranium expert Melissa Sterry is adamant (after viewing video footage of bombings) that DU is indeed being used.

    So what is depleted uranium and why is it so dangerous?
    DU is the waste product from the process of enriching uranium ore. It is used in nuclear weapons and reactors. Because it is a very heavy substance, 1.7 times denser than lead, it is highly valued by the military for its ability to punch through armoured vehicles and buildings. When a weapon made with a DU tip strikes a solid object like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it, and then erupts in a burning cloud of vapour. The vapour settles as dust, which is not only poisonous, but also radioactive.
    An impacting DU missile burns at 10,000 degrees C. When it strikes a target, 30% fragments into shrapnel, while the remaining 70% vaporises into highly-toxic oxides, including uranium oxide. This black dust remains suspended in the air and, according to wind and weather, can travel over great distances.
    Particles less than 5 microns in diameter are easily inhaled and may remain in the lungs or other organs for years. Internalized DU can cause kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neurocognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney and bowel diseases. Pregnant women exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporised, don’t expect the problem to go away soon. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.

    DU in the Invasion & Occupation of Iraq.
    Depleted uranium (DU) was used widely especially by America & Britain in 2003 in the invasion & occupation of Iraq. Cities in Iraq where DU weapons were heavily used, such as Baghdad, Basra, Samara, Mosul and especially Fallujah, which was virtually levelled in a November 2004 assault, have since been showing high rates of birth abnormalities along with unusually high rates of leukaemia.
    A University of Michigan report published in December 2010 found that of 547 births in Fallujah General Hospital in May of 2010, (6 years after the all-out US assault on that city), 15% of babies had birth defects, a rate more than five times higher than the global average of 2-3%.
    In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 babies born, 24 % of whom died within their first week of life. This compares to August 2002, six months before the U.S. invasion, when 530 live births were reported with only six dying in the first week.

    Protecting Libyans with Depleted Uranium?
    The aim of the UN resolution (on a no-fly zone over Libya) was formulated very precisely to protect civilians. So the very use of these abhorrent weapons in itself threatens all Libyans. It is not a coincidence that former US Justice Secretary Ramsey Clark slammed the use of depleted uranium weapons as “an unacceptable threat to life and a violation of international law” Now are the Libyan opposition forces and their supporters in the UK still blind and deaf to believe the humanitarian justification pretext used by the NATO led military intervention? Or are they too nationalistic to fully comprehend that the use of these deadly weapons is like a postponed death sentence on the future generations of Libyan.

    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5P60fsjYuw
    https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=117654404989380&oid=228651653811714&comments

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  5. kruitvat Post author

    Depleted Uranium: A Strange Way To Protect Libyan Civilians

    “[Depleted uranium tipped missiles] fit the description of a dirty bomb in every way… I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people.” ~ Marion Falk, chemical physicist (retd), Lawrence Livermore Lab, California, USA

    In the first 24 hours of the Libyan attack, US B-2s dropped forty-five 2,000-pound bombs. These massive bombs, along with the Cruise missiles launched from British and French planes and ships, all contained depleted uranium (DU) warheads.

    DU is the waste product from the process of enriching uranium ore. It is used in nuclear weapons and reactors. Because it is a very heavy substance, 1.7 times denser than lead, it is highly valued by the military for its ability to punch through armored vehicles and buildings. When a weapon made with a DU tip strikes a solid object like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it, then erupts in a burning cloud of vapor. The vapor settles as dust, which is not only poisonous, but also radioactive.

    An impacting DU missile burns at 10,000 degrees C. When it strikes a target, 30% fragments into shrapnel. The remaining 70% vaporises into three highly-toxic oxides, including uranium oxide. This black dust remains suspended in the air and, according to wind and weather, can travel over great distances. If you think Iraq and Libya are far away, remember that radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales.

    Particles less than 5 microns in diameter are easily inhaled and may remain in the lungs or other organs for years. Internalized DU can cause kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neurocognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney and bowel diseases. Pregnant women exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporised, don’t expect the problem to go away soon. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

    In the ‘shock and awe’ attack on Iraq, more than 1,500 bombs and missiles were dropped on Baghdad alone. Seymour Hersh has claimed that the US Third Marine Aircraft Wing alone dropped more than “five hundred thousand tons of ordnance”. All of it DU-tipped.

    Al Jazeera reported that invading US forces fired two hundred tons of radioactive material into buildings, homes, streets and gardens of Baghdad. A reporter from the Christian Science Monitor took a Geiger counter to parts of the city that had been subjected to heavy shelling by US troops. He found radiation levels 1,000 to 1,900 times higher than normal in residential areas. With its population of 26 million, the US dropped a one-ton bomb for every 52 Iraqi citizens or 40 pounds of explosives per person.

    William Hague has said that we are in Libya ” to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas”.You don’t have to look far for who and what are being ‘protected’.

    In that first 24 hours the ‘Allies’ ‘expended’ £100 million on DU-tipped ordnance. The European Union’s arms control report said member states issued licences in 2009 for the sale of £293.2 million worth of weapons and weapons systems to Libya. Britain issued arms firms licences for the sale of £21.7 million worth of weaponry to Libya and were also paid by Colonel Gadaffi to send the SAS to train his 32nd Brigade.

    For the next 4.5 billion years, I’ll bet that William Hague will not be holidaying in North Africa.

    David Wilson
    Stop the War Coalition
    25 Mar 2011

    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/226335-Depleted-Uranium-A-Strange-Way-To-Protect-Libyan-Civilians

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