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The Gulf War: 20 Years Later

Remembering the masks and miracles in Israel.

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(15) Gail Winston, March 7, 2011 12:05 AM


I’M MAD AS HELL 1/17/01 by Gail Winston in JEWISH PRESS I'm mad as hell! Jumping from sleep at 2 am into a gas mask in a plastic sealed room. Mothers and fathers sit in a small room sealed with heavy plastic, with all their children. The babies are trapped in plastic tents, crying hysterically; the older children are in plastic hooded breathing apparatus, cranky. Their parents can't comfort them or explain why some madman trapped them.. What really made me furious? Caspar Weinberger spoke on BBC radio as former U.S. Sec. of Defense. He was responsible for Iraq's chemical war capability buildup NOT being exposed and challenged. He refused to transmit vital knowledge to Israel, violating the US MOU #111 of October 1983. Jonathan Pollard, a civilian analyst in the Naval Anti Terrorist Alert unit felt morally compelled to transmit to Israel life and death data the US had withheld from Israel. Pollard saw and asked his superiors why. Their answer: "Don't tell the Jews about gas; they're too sensitive." Thousands of Kurds and Iranian civilians would have been saved if Weinberger hadn't suppressed this. The threat and stress to U.S. and Allied soldiers facing chemical warfare in the hot desert would have been lessened. Just think of that threat over Israel's head. Weinberger's personal directive to Judge Robinson the day of Pollard's sentencing, abrogated the government's plea agreement and got Pollard sentenced to life without parole. At 3:59 A.M. Israel time Caspar Weinberger said: "It is a particular tragedy that nerve gas was used." (We now know it wasn't nerve gas, but Weinberger clearly exposed his guilty knowledge.) Now we see the depths of the hell that Weinberger concealed by silencing Pollard. When will Weinberger be investigated for his personal complicity in escalating Iraq's war capability? That's what really made me mad!!

(14) grannieannie, March 3, 2011 11:46 AM

We were here in ISRAEL

We live in the Shomron, and how unusual it was to host our parents (grandparents) from the Ramat Gan/Tel Aviv/ Givatayim area in our homes. Only here were there no scuds falling. At night we often went outdoors to see the tail of the scud as it flew over the Shomron in the direction of Tel Aviv / Med Sea. Yes they were difficult days, but we can all say that we lived to SEE miracles, not just read and learn about them

(13) seth clyman, March 2, 2011 9:53 PM

Rabbi Weinberg said. after the war..a reminder

I remember Rabbi Noah Weinberg saying after the war that it would be a great idea if everyone in Israel would carry their gas masks in it's box over their shoulder like we all did during the war ...for one whole day once a month. That way we would remember the miracles that the Almighty did ...and can still do for us. It was so obvious to all of us who lived through it. It was raining missles and miracles.

(12) matty, March 2, 2011 6:23 PM

there were lives saved because people didn't drive

an interesting byproduct was that lives were actually saved, statistically, as people were afrain to venture out at night when the misslies showered on us. so the ever-present (lo aleinu) traffic accidents declined.

(11) shoshana, March 1, 2011 11:36 PM

the miracles of israel which people don't notice

I was in 5th grade and still could never forget. The sad part is taht the rest of teh world forgets/doesn't. People always talk about the tragedies of Jewish history, but overloook the miracles. When i see all the problems going on among Israel's "neighbors" all I could think about is how its a miracle we are surviving everyday!

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