Sat Sep 14th, 2013 at 05:07:11 AM EST
About a rogue nation which hasn't ratified the CWC Treaty nor abides by the global NPT Treaty, getting another free pass as the Syrian chemical dump is hopefully disposed of.
Chemical Weapons and Moral Hypocrisy by Richard Silverstein
(Tikun Olam) - While the Syrian regime's alleged use of chemical weapons is a criminal act if true, and deserving of prosecution before the International Criminal Court-let's not all become moral hypocrites on the subject. Most major military powers have chemical weapons. Some have even used them. Among the more commonly known are Saddam's use against his Iranian enemies during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. He also used them against the Kurds in Halabja.
The U.S. and Russia both have chemical weapons programs. In fact, a rogue U.S. chemical weapons researcher may've caused the anthrax scare that killed a number of innocent Americans and tossed the country into a panic just after 9/11.
In the ancient era, Rome and her Germanic tribal enemies each poisoned wells with chemical agents. The first modern mass use of such weapons in war occurred during World War I when Germany used chlorine gas on the battlefield.
Israel too has a long history of research into, and use of both chemical and biological weapons. This goes all the way back to the State's founding in 1948. In the tense lead-up to the War, Israeli forces introduced typhus and dysentery into the water systems of Acre and Gaza, resulting in numerous illnesses and deaths. Egypt arrested two Israeli agents it found in Gaza and tried and convicted them. After they escaped and were recaptured the two were hung. Earlier, Palmach officer Arie Aharoni had been asked to undertake the Gaza poisoning operation and he refused to do so as confirmed in Tikva Honig Parnass' The False Prophets.
Moshe Dayan, a leading Palmach commander during the War, even brought home vials of such poison, one of which was broken by his son, Assi, who contracted typhus and nearly died. As his mother nursed him back to health, his father was far away fighting, and possibly poisoning, Arabs.
For further historical research and documentation, read Avner Cohen's seminal essay, Israel and Chemical-Biological Weapons [pdf]. Cohen is the world's leading academic historian of Israel's WMD programs.
Read on ...
I added a number of posts on this topic on various blogs and will combine them in this diary and below.
Salman Abu Sitta - Traces of Poison: Israel's Dark History Revealed
Israel Acting As a Criminal State in 1992
The story can now be told, thanks to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) files which have now become available, 50 years after the event. A series of reports, under the reference G59/1/GC, G3/82, sent by ICRC delegate de Meuron from 6 May to about 19 May 1948 describe the conditions of the city population, struck by a sudden typhoid epidemic, and the efforts to combat it.
... The writer has obtained a copy of an e-mail in which an Israeli peace activist asked Uri Milstein about Acre poisoning story. Milstein, the military historian, is described in the e-mail as "very knowledgeable, intelligent, courageous, original, honest" -- although his views belong to the Israeli far-right (!). Milstein replied:
"I am sorry to say it, but the story is true and the name of the operation was 'Shlach Lachmecha' -- that is 'donate your bread', which is a part of Hebrew saying: donate your bread because sooner or later you will get it back, meaning you have to be generous and one day, you will profit from it yourself. Is this not a cute name for an operation to use biological weapons?"
As an ally to The Netherlands, Israel acted as a criminal state for not divulging contents of the El AL Boeing 747 that crashed on a suburb of Amsterdam in 1992. Years later it was established precursor chemicals for sarin nerve agent were on board.
This topic was covered in my diaries - History of EL AL Flight LY1862 with Illegal Chemicals and Plutonium.
In the Tikun Olam article, I do miss info about the joint research on WMDs with the apartheid state of Pick Botha in South Africa.
Read my diary about the Syrian crisis –
○ Across the Globe, Praise for Putin ‖ Op-ed
○ It Stinks A Mile In the Wind
○ President Obama Nixes Close Foreign Policy Advisors