SPECIAL FROM WAYNE MADSEN
Real danger of chemical weapons falling into hands of radical Islamists — and potential of NATO creating chemical disaster
TRIPOLI, LIBYA — Chemical weapons and chemical weapons precursor materials that were declared by Libya to the United Nations and United States but not yet destroyed are stored in warehouses at facilities adjacent to Libyan military bases now being attacked by U.S. and NATO forces. Libyan chemical and environmental engineers now warn that if NATO and the U.S. manage to force Libyan security forces to abandon their positions around the military bases and chemical weapons storage facilities, chemical weapons could end up in the hands of the radical Islamist Salafist forces that make up part of the Libyan rebel coalition force.
One Libyan chemical engineer was blunt in his warning about the chemical weapons and their current lack of security. He said, “the U.S. and U.N. took over responsibility for protecting these weapons, which include mustard gas canisters . . . now, the U.S. and U.N. are placing these weapons in danger of being captured by the “Al Qaeda” forces, being sold on the black market, or being used against the United States after the alliance between “Al Qaeda” and the United States terminates after a rebel takeover of Libya.” The engineer added, “the last time America allied itself with “Al Qaeda” in Afghanistan, they attacked you country. After Libya, they will attack you again.”
Chemical and environmental engineers gathered for a conference in Tripoli dealing with the environmental damage already witnessed as a result of the NATO military attack on Libya. As NATO bombs could be heard exploding in the Tripoli region, environmentalists said that the potential for greater environmental damage looms with the NATO attack.
Libyan conference in Tripoli on actual and potential environmental damage from the NATO military attack.
One conference participant said, “In Brega, which is now under attack by NATO helicopters, a stray missile from one of those helicopters into ethylene storage tanks which are kept at minus 174 degrees Fahrenheit at a plastics factory in the city would result in an atomic bomb-like explosion that would destroy everything in a 10 kilometer radius.” The participant added that the environmental damage from such an explosion would be catastrophic. Another attendee said there has already been damage to feeding and watering areas used by migratory birds flying to Europe from Africa, including some rare species.
There will also be consequences from the use by NATO and U.S. forces of depleted uranium shells. One environmental conference participant revealed that depleted uranium has been used in the NATO attack. In fact, this reporter witnessed shrapnel wounds of patients in the intensive care unit at El Khadra Hospital in Tripoli that were consistent with the use of Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) missiles. DIME weapons are spin-offs from bunker buster technology and both rely on depleted uranium. DIMEs cause powerful localized explosions that are, ironically, intended to limit “collateral damage.” Wounds from DIME weapons, resulting from small shrapnel dispersion, are highly carcinogenic due to the use of uranium components. The discoloration of the wounds seen on the patients are consistent with DIME attacks on Libya. DIME weapons were a favorite weapon for the Israelis in their attack on Gaza.
Extract with permission from Madsen Report. Photos do not convey.