Friday, October 06, 2006

Israel Turning Trees Of Life Into Trees Of Death

"Since the war between Israel and Hezbollah ended in August, nearly three people have been wounded or killed each day by cluster bombs Israel dropped in the waning days of the war, and officials now say it will take more than a year to clear the region of them.

United Nations officials estimate that southern Lebanon is littered with one million unexploded bomblets, far outnumbering the 650,000 people living in the region. They are stuck in the branches of olive trees and the broad leaves of banana trees. They are on rooftops, mixed in with rubble and littered across fields, farms, driveways, roads and outside schools.

As of Sept. 28, officials here said cluster bombs had severely wounded 109 people — and killed 18 others.

Muhammad Hassan Sultan, a slender brown-haired 12-year-old, became a postwar casualty when the shrapnel from a cluster bomb cut into his head and neck. He was from Sawane, a hillside village with a panoramic view of terraced olive farms and rolling hills. Muhammad was sitting on a hip-high wall, watching a bulldozer clear rubble, when the machine bumped into a tree.

A flash of a second later he was fatally injured when a cluster bomblet dropped from the branches." ...

Michael Slackman "Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon" New York Times Filed September 29, 2006; published October 6, 2006

Israel illegally dropped one million cluster bombs, pictured above, on Lebanese civilian areas in the final days of their disproportionate military response to the capture of a few Israeli soldiers.


Despite behind the scenes maneuvering by Jewish-American neo-conservatives, allied with top level Bush Administration fanatical Christian evangelicals, who are opposed to a two-State political solution in the Middle East and non-expansionist, internationally recognized borders, the professional staff of the U.S. State Department is investigating whether Israel misused American-made, and British transhipped, cluster bombs in civilian areas of Lebanon. The United Nations said unexploded cluster bombs -- anti-personnel weapons that spray bomblets over a wide area-- litter homes, gardens and highways in south Lebanon. "We are definitely looking into these allegations and we'll see where they lead," State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said on August 25, 2006.

Photo and text credit: CBS News. With thanks.


An estimated one million disturbing images -- matching the estimated number of lethal bomblets dropped in the final days of the war -- of Lebanese victims of U.S.-made, and Israeli delivered, cluster bombs are presently circulating on the World Web Web and contributing to the rapidly growing hatred toward the U.S. around the world.


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