– WMDs and the War on Terror: Lies that won’t die –
By Jim Staro [This is an edited version of a piece that appeared in After Downing Street]
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) has become the new mainstream term of condemnation this century, for others, said to be connected to criminal terrorist acts offeringreasons for invasions and occupations, not to mention to make sure it scares the bejeebish out of the masses (same as the Cold War Nuclear threat).
Those using the term to justify an invasion — raining terror on mostly innocent people while using the many different WMDs of War that have been perfected by us — are adding newly developed WMDs to the stockpiles of destructive weapons and traumas of War.
At the same time worries persist about criminal terror elements, foreign and domestic, stealing the makings of the same WMDs the advanced nations are developing.
We’ve had many instances of the long-lasting remnants of War, every War, left over in the invaded and occupied countries that kill and maim for decades later.
Consider landmines or unexploded ordinances and the long-term effects of the nuclear bombs (not just in talking about the possibility of use but the one time they were directly used by the United States on others).
From the occupation I served in Vietnam we have the leftover remnants, just one of the many deadly chemical weapons often now used as examples of WMDs that others may use against the so called free democracies and the citizens: The ongoing effects of Agent Orange [see Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign ].
There are a number of questions about the present-day use of updated and the stockpiled weapons in these two long lasting destructive occupations still ongoing in Afghanistan and Iraq.
One of those is Depleted Uranium in many different types of ordinance used these past years in both theaters and even before, in these modern times.
A new report has come out and I’m sure there will be plenty more in the future that will be denied as to the lasting effects as each report comes forward.
Just as Agent Orange, and the other defoliants were and still are being denied as long-term damaging, WMDs are used even with the ever-growing proof of their danger and the meager attempts to help the victims while the guilty, Us, still refuse to admit our guilt for all the suffering of the innocents!
We Vietnam Veterans know fully well, as our brothers have suffered with us (some still with us and many passed on), that what the military uses doesn’t only affect the citizens of an war and occupation long-term. but also the soldiers sent.