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NEWS: Panama Protests USA Weapons Dumping On Their Soil.

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posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 05:58 PM
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Hot on the heels of reports last week of the chemical weapons dumped in the oceans of the world by the USA after world war two, Panama is protesting agains the USA's careless dumping of unexploded bombs in and around the panama canal. In 1999 when the USA handed control of the canal over to Panama they made an agreement to clean up the unexploded weapons where practical with 30000 acres of bombs cleared by the USA but leaving a further 8000 acres uncleared which have claimed lives. Agent Orange residue is still found in the canal as well as an island off the canal San Jose, being used by the USA as a dump site for mustard gas bombs.
 



www.planetark.org

Officially, 21 people have been killed in the firing ranges over the years, although some believe the true figure is more than double that.

Sabino Rivera was the most recent victim, killed in July 2004 near his home in the village of Escobal, three hours from the capital.

"He had nine children, and was gathering bananas in the firing range - he had no work. He exploded when he stood on a mortar. He never came home," his mother Blasina said this week, cradling her grandchildren in a breeze block shack.

The village is surrounded by bomb-infested rain forest ranges that poor locals still enter to hunt and farm.

"The Americans must come and take away these bombs," said Sabino's sister Carmen. "If the don't, more people will die."

Five people in Escobal have been killed by exploding munitions in the last 20 years, two of them children who found a grenade in a dump as they played near their homes in 1993.

A local shopkeeper winces at the memory. "There were chunks of flesh hanging from the mango trees. It was horrible."





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To the American administration Clean up the mess please before more children get hurt.

The people should really push for a worldwide cleanup and not just from the Americans but from all countries who dumped these poisons willy nilly without a care in the world for the world, the einvironment and the people.




posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 06:09 PM
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i guess you missed this part, rather important too...'

"The United States says the jungle is too dense to cut a path through for bomb disposal experts, and warn that trying it would erode the topsoil and silt up the canal."



posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 06:13 PM
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The weapons weren't dumped, they're unexploded bombs from WWII when the area was used as a testing ground.

Like namehere said, it would be incredibly difficult to clear the area, and 5 people over 20 years is hardly a crisis situation.



posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 06:14 PM
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Can't be too dense if its blowing up kids and men picking bananas off their trees. I don't miss much dear..

There is no defense.....


.. San Jose island = dump



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posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 06:17 PM
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Originally posted by Mayet
Can't be too dense if its blowing up kids and men picking bananas off their trees.


Nope. Can't be.

This sounds much like the landmines thing. The world is full of unexploded landmines and kids keep losing their limbs and lives. But hey, they're just kids. And they're not even white.



posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 07:23 PM
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like these people never heard of a bad excuse before. yea too dense...ok w/e, coulda at least made up something better.



posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 07:43 PM
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"The United States says the jungle is too dense to cut a path through for bomb disposal experts, and warn that trying it would erode the topsoil and silt up the canal."


That should'nt matter, the U.S government needs to clean up when they make a mess, I'm sure (if what there excuse is is true) that the government could come up with a way to clear out all the old weapons and not do great damage to the canal.
It would only cost a few million dollars, which is chump change for the U.S government really, and if they try and say, "we dont have the funds to spare", well than cut some useless projects, like that stupid bunker buster mini nuke thats being researched or cut funding to biological weapons production research, since we dont need such things in the first place.



posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 07:50 PM
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Originally posted by grimreaper797
like these people never heard of a bad excuse before. yea too dense...ok w/e, coulda at least made up something better.


Ok so they clean up 30000 acres of old bombs and then they are going to make a "bad" excuse to not clean up another 8000 acres
If they were going to make up a bad excuse wouldnt they give it before the cleared the majority of the bombs.

That theory does not make much sense since they already cleared most of it



posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 08:37 PM
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Well i think its monetary.. the cost of finding, de activating and destroying the ones left is expensive...

and hey theres a war in Iraq to pay for..plus 207 million dollars to pay back to Iraq because of Halliburton...

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posted on Nov, 7 2005 @ 09:41 PM
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Hmm. When did they stop? ...Sounds like it could have resulted from a change in government and policy shift.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 04:52 AM
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to clean up these wasteful wars should be a deterrent to those countires that use these weapons.to bad all must clean up.those who are still dumping to this day they must be caught also.it must be a u.n policy war clean up.whos to say that someone would not dig them up and build there own ammo up.you know what they say recycle recycle.......



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 07:20 AM
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Regretably...this is typical and an excellent reason why the United States is so unpopular world-wide...it has consistantly run rough shod over smaller countries, overthrown governments it did not like (remember the aminosity of Iran towards the U.S. has its roots in our reinstatement of the Shah after the people have overthrown him in the 50's) all but granted its corporations a carte blanc to treat the "natives" as they will (Exxon and Shell/Mobil in the delta region of Nigeria comes to mind as does Bholpal and Union Carbide which has yet to pay a nickel in damages) it has used third world countries as battlegrounds in proxy wars (and still is), first against the Soviet Union and now "terrorists" (an amorphic term if there ever was one) and it has used their countries as dumping grounds for everything from munitions to toxic wastes. It is rooted in arrogance and an implicit racism towards the populations of these countries. Of course America is not alone in this, the former Soviet Union was just as bad if not worse, but most countries don't strut around proclaiming the ideals that we do, then fail to walk the walk.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 07:29 AM
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P.S. I am not saying that we are a bad people or a bad country, far from it, but that we have never lived up to the offical retoric we pronounce....but thanks to that retoric many people of the world look towards us with hope...and then we behave as we do. Hypocricy? Of course, we all are hypocrites to one degree or the other but it wouldn't matter as much if we'd cut the propaganda, like trying to sell America to the world....they don't need karen Hughes, all they have to do is to look around to see the seeds we sow.



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