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Dead Silence from the USA Today

Aug 22, 2006

Earlier, when I posted the news about the Israeli use of cluster bombs on the Lebanese towns, I did not realize that the U.S. newspapers were so silent on this. In fact, the silence is deafening.

Reuters did report the news, but when I bought a USA Today, I found absolutely no mention of it, even though it was big news all around the world. When I bought the St. Paul Pioneer Press, I was again greeted with dead silence.

What is going on here? This is legitimate news, big news. A nation will probably be accused of war crimes by the UN Tribunal and certainly by human rights groups world wide. Since when is this not news?

The story put out by Reuters reads in part:

"Up to now there are 170 confirmed cluster bomb strikes in south Lebanon," he told Reuters in the southern port of Tyre.

"It's a huge problem. There are obvious dangers with children, people, cars. People are tripping over these things."

"Gilbert said he had "no doubt" that Israel had deliberately hit built-up areas with cluster bombs, in violation of international law which states that such munitions must not be used in areas where there are civilians.

"These cluster bombs were dropped in the middle of villages," he said."

The full article can be read at the following:

http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L2318755


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