Sunday, August 31, 2003

Egypt's dirty depleted uranium secret

firing of 120mm DU penetratorEver since the first gulf war, I've been hearing and reading plenty of propaganda condemning the USA for its use of uranium-238 ammunition in Iraq. Undoubtedly, the release of hundreds of thousands if not millions of depleted uranium rounds in Iraq represents a great tragedy for the Iraqi people and the Middle East in general. There is undeniable evidence that traces of uranium-238 which can be found all over battlegrounds in Iraq is the cause of a radically increased incidence of cancer-type illnesses and birth defects in Iraq, and anecdotal evidence suggests that the "gulf war illness" for which more than one third of American gulf war veterans now receive disability compensation is caused by exposure to depleted uranium particles.

All of this has been widely reported, not only in the western media, but also (predictably) in the Arab press. I am annoyed by Egyptian journalists who so energetically condemn American usage of depleted uranium while ignoring the fact that Egypt joined the "depleted uranium club" in the 1990's, when it received from the USA thousands of rounds of 120mm armor-piercing DU ammunition for its M1A1 tanks. So in any future war, the Egyptian armed forces will litter the desert with radioactive "silver bullet" waste, just as US forces have in Iraq. In fact, the Egyptian army has probably already fired hundreds if not thousands of these rounds into the desert in training excercises.

But this won't be the first time that depleted uranium ammunition has been used in Egypt. The 1973 October war saw the world's first combat use of depleted uranium ammunition, when some Israeli tank units were issued with 105mm DU ammunition, which was used against Egyptian forces.

So, dear Egyptian media-slaves, if you are really so concerned about Uranium-238 being deposited all over Iraq, perhaps the prospect of U-238 contamination right here in Egypt might concern you more! Let's start with a series of hard-hitting interviews with top Egyptian military officials demanding their explanation and justification for why Egypt must possess this disgusting weapon.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

More bomb shockwaves

The perpetrators of the UN building attack in Baghdad are probably very excited to learn that not only is the UN withdrawing from Baghdad, but so are the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Furthermore, Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf is expected to fail to receive parliamentary support for the deployment of Pak peacekeepers to Iraq.

While on the outside this appears to be bad for Iraq, at the same time organisations like the IMF and World Bank are perceived as part of the American conspiracy to exploit Iraq, and peacekeepers from other countries, particularly muslim countries like Pakistan, are seen as symbols legitimising the American occupation.

If the Iraqi resistance manages to force all foreign organisations to leave, the American military will be left alone, and we all know how good they are at winning Iraqi hearts and minds. Right now the Iraqi population is being wooed by the USA with the help of all these organisations. Even if organisations like the UN have good intentions in Baghdad, they are being used by the USA as smoke and mirrors to distract from what is really going on. Take them away and all that is left is the reality of the imperialist occupation. So the guerrillas, although they are making enemies of supposedly benevolent organisations in the short term, are brutally but effectively clearing a path to popular support among the Iraqi population.

I predict that unless the Americans undertake extraordinary measures to protect them, the members of the US-appointed Iraqi governing council will be among the next targets of the guerrillas. Why? Because they are the tool the Americans will try to use to actually legalise the organised theft of Iraqi wealth.

Of course with every attack against US interests we can expect the same BS to be parroted by Little Bush and his cronies, about how tragic it is that the enemies of freedom wish to take away the gift that is being given to the Iraqi people, etc. etc. but don't expect Iraqis and Arabs in general to fall for such primitive rhetoric.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

UN defeated, withdraws from Iraq

kaboom...If the intention of those responsible for yesterday's bombing of the UN in Iraq was to force the UN to withdraw, then they can rejoice - the UN is evacuating its entire staff and closing its mission in Baghdad. I say hooray, because after all it has "done for Iraq", the UN had no business to be there.

Here in the Arab world, the UN is not viewed as a benevolent, impartial organisation acting in the interests of all. It is rather viewed as an elitist club which due to its domination by permanent security council members, serves only the interests of those powers and their allies. In particular, the UN is viewed as being subjigated to American will. Even before the unilateral decision by the USA and UK to invade Iraq, there were the crooked UNSCOM inspections of Iraq by the UN's Richard Butler (who later joined the shady Council on Foreign relations). And of course in Arab eyes, the UN has been nothing more than an American tool in its terror war and its invasion of Iraq.

The western TV channels are all weeping over the loss of the wonderful Sergio Vierio Di Mello, and suddenly millions of people who had never heard of him are now mourning the loss of this person, who was "so important to the restoration of Iraq". I even had friends calling me from Germany yesterday, demanding my opinion, expressing their outrage at this fellow's death. It's funny how I wasn't inundated with dismayed calls while Iraqis were being roasted alive by American napalm and air-fuel bombs, and blasted with depleted uranium bullets. Nobody wanted my opinion when Iraqi families were being shredded to pieces at checkpoints by Bradley fighting vehicles.

I don't want to sound callous, but excepting perhaps journalists and red cross workers, I really don't care about any khawaga (foreigner) who dies in Iraq. I don't care if they are bombed, shot, stabbed, or tortured to death. None of them have any business there, other than to share in the spoils of war. Unless they are part of the resistance, foreigners have no business to be in Iraq.

All this horsepucky and propaganda that is now surrounding this attack is distracting from the main fact: Iraq was recently subject to an unprovoked military invasion, in which thousands of Iraqis were murdered. Iraq is now subject to continuing opression by American occupying forces, and thousands of Iraqis have been arrested, beaten, shot, or otherwise abused. The appearance of a paramilitary resistance force was inevitable, and it doesn't matter how many times Little Bush calls them terrorists, they'll still receive support from most Iraqis, and from Arabs abroad.

What did the UN do to stop all of this? NOTHING. Did the UN help the Iraqi people? NO. Will the UN make the Americans leave? NOPE. Will the UN prevent the plunder of Iraq's resources by American companies? NO WAY JOSE!

So don't expect us to join everyone else in crying over Sergio Vierio Di Mello. We're sure he was a good guy, but the fact is that he and his colleagues had no business to be in Iraq. Down to the foreign occupiers, and long live the resistance!

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Mind your language, Salam!

Although I most definately count myself among the many admirers of Salam Pax, and applauded his resilience in maintaining his blog before and during the American invasion of Iraq, I have to say that his recent posts are, well, to use one of his favourite words, SHIT!

Salam has demonstrated passable writing skills in the past, but unfortunately he seems to have recently developed a liking for bad language. His last post about the UN headquarters bombing contains at least five swear words, which for me at least kind of distracted my attention from what he was writing about. Of course it's his right to use the F-word whenever he wants, but it's also my right to express my distaste at his pointless use of foul language.

Salam in general is a bit of a weirdo and in no way should be considered representative of the Iraqi people. He's not religious, He spent a large part of his life away from Iraq, and according to some reports he's openly gay. He's bound to be quite westernised in his thinking and as such he is being dishonest when he pretends to speak on behalf of Iraqis. The actions of the Iraqi resistance are being met with support across the Arab world, including Iraq. However reading Salam's posts gives the opposite (false) impression.

Salam ended his last post with a poignant question: "do we have a future? is this country going to be hijacked by shit extremists who want to prove a point?"

The answer, Salam, is simple, and doesn't require foul language. Iraq has already been hijacked by extremists, not from Iraq, but rather from Washington.