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November 30, 2006

Fisk's Fraudulent Uranium Weapons Claim

Anti-Israel agitator-cum-journalist Robert Fisk has a habit of fabricating stories about Israeli atrocities. Recently, he speculates that Israel has developed and used a "secret new uranium-based weapon" in Lebanon this summer("Mystery of Israel's Secret Uranium Bomb," Oct. 28, 2006, Independent). Fisk cites alleged results of tests on soil samples collected from bomb craters in Lebanon. These tests were conducted by Chris Busby, the British Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk — a group of scientists who believe that internal radiation emitters, especially depleted uranium (DU), are the main cause of the world wide cancer "epidemic."

Fisk's piece reads like science fiction — and apparently it was. Experts from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a statement on November 8, stating that they had found

no evidence of penetrators or metal made of DU or other radioactive material. In addition, no DU shrapnel, or other radioactive residue was found. The analysis of all smear samples taken shows no DU, nor enriched Uranium nor higher than natural uranium content in the samples.

Posted by SS at November 30, 2006 02:24 PM


It is amazing how some people never like to be told the truth. I grant you that their might have been a mistake in the article but if I was in his place and was told the Israelis did this I would write it if I found any lab that can say their was such a thing cause the Israeli armed forced have committed countless atrocities, that this could be one of them. When Fisk wrote after 9-11 he told Bush the dumb ass that all he needs to do is to stop his blind support for a country that has in my view not a single legal right to exist. These same findings were found to be the case by The FBI but never became public knowledge in the US.

Posted by: Anti Land Hogs at December 1, 2006 07:22 AM

"if I was in his place and was told the Israelis did this I would write it ..."

Well, you might as well be in Fisk's place. Neither of you, it seems, are responsible journalists who try to sort out the facts before coming to conclusions. As long as information can be used against Israel, it doesn't matter if it's true.

I'm curious--if you don't think Israel has a "single legal right to exist," do you feel the same way about the United States? Or is it only Jews that should be a wandering oppressed minority?

Posted by: david at December 1, 2006 09:20 AM

what is this nonsense I keep hearing about "legal rights to exist." Israel, even if you don't count its rich tradition of Jewish settlements over the past several thousand years, which I would think would preempt any fleeting "three to five generations of palestinian living" claims, has the same argument for its existence that the United States, Britian, France, and almost every country in the entire world has. Military arms. the number of nations founded peacefully and in full agreement with its neighbors who its taking chunks out of to make itself, assuming that one even exists, can most certainly be counted on the fingers of one hand. Lead, and before it, cold hard steel, has been the founder of nations. When did there come another requirement onto the scene other than to be able to take it and hold it? Israel is the only nation in the world who has to "prove" it right to exist to a group of people who either actively despise it, or are just to lazy and indifferent to care what the argument is about. If we're going to start giving land back to the original people who had it, we're going to need to clone some neanderthals, because they beat us all to it. Legal rights indeed!

Posted by: yosef at December 3, 2006 03:46 AM

I've no idea whether UNEP or the BSSECR have the science right on whether Depleted Uranium munitions were used by Israeli forces in Lebanon but I do know that Robert Fisk, like myself and most other critics of Israel, does not agree with SS that Israel has 'no right to exist'.

It has the same right as any other state to exist. Its just a pity it wont extend the same right to a real Palestinian state that could control its own borders and wont accept the results of Palestinian Authority elections which EU observers found to be free and fair.

Fisk also wrote his article months before the UNEP report came out and so was basing it on the scientific evidence available at the time of writing. Since he's not a scientist there's not much else he could do.

Whether or not DU was used the fact remains that Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International investigations found both sides in the war committed war crimes by undiscriminate targeting which predictably killed more civilians than combatants.

Posted by: Duncan at March 27, 2008 02:07 PM

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