Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A big shallow dirty dish

One of the things it is easy to overlook in the current Israel/Lebanon dust-up boys and girls, is the environmental damage. The Israelis decided it was militarily necessary to deprive Lebanon of electricity, and they have been bombing power plants. One of the plants, at a location about 30km from Beirut has caused a huge oil spill in the Mediterranean. We're talking Exxon Valdez big here:
"What we have here is equivalent to a tanker sinking, and 20,000 to 30,000 tonnes reaching the shoreline," said Berj Hatjian from the Lebanese environment ministry.

Here's a picture:

Pretty icky, huh? Spotty says it is just more of the wanton destruction of civilian infrastructure prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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