Evidence of misuse of US-weapons reinforces need for arms embargo

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    Both Israel and Hamas used weapons supplied from abroad to carry out attacks on civilians, Amnesty International said today as it released fresh evidence on the munitions used during the three-week conflict in Gaza and southern Israel and called on the UN to impose a comprehensive arms embargo.

    “Israeli forces used white phosphorus and other weapons supplied by the USA to carry out serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes. Their attacks resulted in the death of hundreds of children and other civilians and massive destruction of homes and infrastructure,” said Donatella Rovera who headed Amnesty International's fact-finding mission to southern Israel and Gaza. “At the same time, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups fired hundreds of rockets that had been smuggled in or made of components from abroad at civilian areas in Israel. Though far less lethal than the weaponry used by Israel, such rocket firing also constitutes a war crime and caused several civilian deaths.”

    Even before the three-week conflict, those who armed the two sides will have been aware of the pattern of repeated misuse of weapons by the parties. They must take some responsibility for the violations perpetrated with the weapons they have supplied and should immediately cease further transfers.

    “As the major supplier of weapons to Israel, the USA has a particular obligation to stop any supply that contributes to gross violations of the laws of war and of human rights. The Obama Administration should immediately suspend US military aid to Israel,” said Malcolm Smart, Director for the Middle East.

    Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: Evidence of misuse of US-weapons reinforces need for arms embargo | Amnesty International
     
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    You cannot dictate to countries how they should do things.

    If the USA would carry out such an embargo, the two sides would just buy elsewhere, they both have before.
     
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    A comprehensive arms embargo? Fuck, you'd think they would've already tried that.

    We're still so primitive. = \
     
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    Xenphon it's not dictating, it's law. Our country's leaders have an obligation not to sell weapons to people who violate the laws of war or human rights by their usage. Honestly even if they buy elsewhere, at least our hard earned tax dollars aren't used in the in the form of billions of dollars in military aid.
     
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    Aha! Yesterday I was talking about how American guns were going to Mexico and the right wingers were arguing with me that it wasn't being done by our government, or the gun companies. They said it was all illegal gun smuggling.

    Well what is this story about? Who's supplying these guns? Busted!!!
     
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    People yesterday said they didn't believe that American gun manfucturers and government are involved in selling guns to mexican criminals either. They tried to suggest there is no corruption on our side.

    Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Migrates North : NPR
     
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    You would have to prove that in a court both parties recognized.

    Too many people, especially on this forum do not understand that we don't own israel or the palestinians, it's not up to us how they kill each other.

    Saying you want a boycott is fine, but it would have to be applied universally, and that means boycotting all the Arab states we deal with, as well as many South american and Asian states. And all it accomplishes is loss of revenue, as they will just buy from someone else.

    In an unstable economy this is not the time to cut our own throats for higher ideals we don't truely adhere to anyway.
     
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    Trying to regulate criminals is a study in stupid.
     
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    Do you not understand how powerful the Jewish Lobbyist Group is? It's like the 2nd or 3rd largest in the USA.

    They dictate our foreign policy. They influence our elections. You can't be president without first kissing the Jewish collective butt.

    And I think some of the richest Jews also own the world banks and/or our Federal Reserve.

    And does anyone know who Sheldon Adelson is? 3rd richest man in the world. He gets to meet with the President?

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    This is a Joe Lieberman, right wing, conservative who likes the war in Iraq and would love to start a war with Iran.

    We are fighting Israel's battles. Sorry to get off subject.
     
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    What is trying to end government corruption? Is it futile?

    How about regulate corporations who's products are killing people? Oh, I forgot about their precious profits. Never mind I said anything. I wouldn't want Smith & Wesson to lay people off. If we do anything about this, it'll cost people their jobs. My bad. Never mind.
     

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