April 8th, 2013 15:37 EST
UN Passes Treaty to Control Arms that Fuel Terrorism
How will this treaty affect the massive shipments of weapons to Israel, demanded by the US Lobby, which are worth over US$3 billion annually?
Will the treaty also cover F15/16 strike aircraft, armed drones, helicopter gunships, previously banned cluster bombs and non-nuclear weapons of mass destruction such as white phosphorus and other chemical weapons?
Presumably, restrictions on the export of arms and munitions, (like the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and International Atomic Energy Agency inspections), will not apply to America`s client state.This new treaty prohibits states from exporting weapons in violation of arms embargoes, or weapons that could be used for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or terrorism.
That should mean no more killings of unarmed civilians on the high seas, or in hotel bedrooms, or of women and children in Gaza or of civilian technicians in Iran. No more deliberate and near permanent contamination of hundreds of hectares of land as in Lebanon.
No more state-sponsored assassinations. No more extra-judicial killings " all of which fall into the categories of either terrorism or war crime as defined by the Geneva Convention that has been ratified by 194 countries i.e. every major country in the world.
That is what it should mean. However, Israel is one of the very few states that has neither signed nor ratified the Geneva Convention Protocols I and II.
By Douglas Reed