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Israel broke US arms deal terms January 29, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Israel, USA.
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It appears that Israel broke US arms deal terms.

Israel probably violated the terms of its arms deals with Washington by using US-made cluster bombs in Lebanon last year, a US government report says.

As this article reports:

  • Israel dropped 2–3 million cluster bombs in the 2006 conflict
  • 90% of the strikes dropping these bombs occured in the last 72% hours of the conflict, when a resolution was coming and the end was near
  • There are 770+ cluster bomb sites
  • At least 100,000 and up to one million of the cluster bombs are yet to explode

Cluster bombs are evil things.  According to the BBC article:

Cluster bombs can scatter hundreds of small bomblets over a wide area, and their use has been widely criticised.

Wikipedia has a more detailed description:

A basic cluster bomb is a hollow shell (generally streamlined if intended for carriage by fast aircraft) containing anywhere from three to more than 2,000 submunitions. Some types are dispensers that are designed to be retained by the aircraft after releasing their munitions. The submunitions themselves may be fitted with small parachute retarders or streamers to slow their descent (allowing the aircraft to escape the blast area in low-altitude attacks).

It’s clear that cluster bombs pose a bigger threat to innocent civilians:

98% of 11,044 recorded cluster munitions casualties that are registered with Handicap International are civilians. Cluster munitions are hotly opposed by many individuals and hundreds of groups, such as the Red Cross,[1] the Cluster Munition Coalition and the United Nations, because of the high proportion of civilians that have fallen victim to the weapon. Since February 2005, Handicap International called for cluster munitions to be prohibited and collected hundreds of thousands signatures to support its call

The US government has sent a report to congress, and the state department spokesman, Sean McCormack says that the report is not a final judgement, but agrees that it is likely that Israel broke the terms of the agreement with the US.

Supposedly:

Congress will now consider the report before deciding whether to take any further action against Israel.

The probability of the US taking any action against Israel is nil.  It won’t happen.  Just look at all the times the US has vetoed UN resolutions critical to Israel, or this longer list.  That’s right, the US has used its veto 70 times.

They’ve clearly lost their ability to be impartial, if they ever were to start with.  Bush ignored UN calls for inspectors in Iraq.  The US and coalition forces began the invasion of Iraq without UN approval, a violation of the UN charter.

Why is the US part of the UN anyway?

According to The United Nations: An introduction for students:

The purpose of the United Nations is to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people. It affords the opportunity for countries to balance global interdependence and national interests when addressing international problems.

So, effectively, the UN is a group of nations working together for peace and development, ensuring human justice and the well being of all people.  Surely, if a nation is not aligned with these common goals, then it should be removed from the UN.

This post has deviated a little from the topic, but this topic is a big cause of frustration for me.

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