Bombing for Peace

High altitude bombing and long-range missile attacks always bring nightmares of dead children and suicidal veterans. The president’s plans for rocketing yet another mid-east country without a UN mandate are being rationalized by pointing to bad actions by others—in this case Syria’s overlords.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff knows this and has expressed strong opposition to even limited intervention in Syria.

The greatest purveyor of chemical weapons violence in the world

Reportedly about 388,000 tons of our chemically gelled gasoline—napalm—was dropped on SE Asia between 1963 and 1973, compared to 32,357 tons used on Korea over three years, and 16,500 tons dropped on Japan in 1945.

tons of “depleted” uranium (DU) munitions were fired into Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reported that 940,000 Air Force 30-mm DU shells and 4,000 Army 120-mm DU anti-tank shells were fired. The “tank busters” alone contained 25 tons of uranium. Another 170 tons were used in the 2003 bombing and occupation of Iraq.

Depleted Uranium, Peter Low says of the use of these toxic munitions: “The people responsible for the spreading of 400 tons of DU there [Southern Iraq] in 1991 were conducting a very peculiar sort of experiment—one in which the ‘guinea-pigs’ were the soldiers and civilians present…and in which the ‘experimenters’ did not want to know the results.” A report by the World Health Organization has found huge increases in birth abnormalities in southern Iraq where our DU was used extensively. Doctors at the Basra maternity hospital told the BBC this spring that they have seen a 60 percent rise in birth defects like spina bifida since 2003.