Bryer On Source Of Mines Used In Iraq

Bryer on Source of Mines Used in Iraq

Philip Bryer writes:

The Iraqi army sowed millions of land mines in northern Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan). . . . the design of the land mines used by the Iraqi army makes clearance particularly difficult and dangerous. The design cynically disregards the spirit of the United Nations Land Mines Protocol and the manufacturers and distributors share a moral responsibility for the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The collusion of other governments is a central factor. The devices used in Iraqi Kurdistan were mostly Italian-manufactured or -designed. The devastation that they caused is attributable, in part, to Italy’s careless and venal approach to the export of land mines.

(2) The U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency have identified antipersonnel mines from the following countries as having been used by Iraq in Iraqi Kurdistan, in Kuwait, on the borders with Kuwait and/or Saudi Arabia, or found in Iraqi stocks: Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Italy, Romania, Singapore, the former Soviet Union, and the United States.

The shameful lies and spin continue as Bush (shown on the same Yahoo Top Stories page hugging two victims of the recent tornadoes) manipulates and fixes the intelligence yet again to justify an attack on Iran.

Philip Bryer

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