Helen Caldicott on Attack on Iran

U.S. OR ISRAELI ATTACK ON IRAN COULD CONTAMINATE MIDDLE EAST
Infowars.com | January 5, 2006
Sherwood Ross

If the U.S. or Israel attack Iranian nuclear power facilities “huge amounts of radioactive material will be lofted into the air to contaminate the people of Iran and surrounding countries,” an eminent international authority on nuclear weapons warns.

“This fallout will induce cancers, leukemia, and genetic disease in these populations for years to come, both a medical catastrophe and a war crime of immense proportions,” Dr. Helen Caldicott writes in her new book, “Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer,” published by The New Press.

Dr. Caldicott said the Pentagon has met with its Israeli counterparts “to discuss the participation of Israel in plans to attack Iran” even though President Bush said “this notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous.”

Citing the accidental meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine in April, 1986, as an example of what can happen when radioactivity is released, she termed it a “medical catastrophe (that) will continue to plague much of Russia, Belarus, the Ukraine, and Europe for the rest of time.” Between 5,000 and 10,000 people have died prematurely to date, she said.

Between 1986 and 2001, Belarus suffered 8,358 cases of thyroid cancer as a result of the Chernobyl meltdown, and most of the afflicted have had their thyroids surgically removed, leaving them dependent on thyroid medications for the rest of their lives, said Dr. Caldicott, a physician and anti-nuclear activist. She writes the areas of Europe, and its populations, afflicted by the Chernobyl accident will suffer from its impact “for thousands of years.”

Dr. Caldicott noted Israel, along with Pakistan and India, are “rogue nations, outlaws who choose not to abide by international law” for their refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT). “Understandably, the Arab states resent the IAEA’s intrusions on Iran, as the United States accuses it of a covert but un-proven nuclear weapons program, whereas Israel, also a covert nuclear state but a close U.S. ally, receives no such scrutiny.”

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