Greeks, Cypriots Protest Syrian Chemical Weapons Burial In Mediterranean

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While Greek (and Cypriot) leaders exclaim the recovery in their economies (factual data aside), the reality is that they remain low-man-on-the-totem-pole among the European Union (despite holding the Presidency). Nowhere is this better illustrated than the world's decision to sink two ships carrying Syria's chemical weapons in the waters near Greece and Cyprus. As KeepTalkingGreece notes, the first stage of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons has reportedly already begun with the aid of Norway, Denmark, Russia, China, Finland, UK and USA, among others. The chosen dumping ground for more than 800 tonnes of chemical weapons... Crete.


Via The Telegraph,

The process of decommissioning Syria's chemical weapons arsenal has begun, with the first batch of the country's chemicals safely loaded aboard a Danish cargo ship in the northwest Syrian port of Lattakia.


Extracting the hazardous material — precursor chemicals used to produce sarin and mustard gas and a small amount of produced mustard gas, known as 'priority one' chemicals — is a complex international effort. The first stage is securely packing the chemicals at 12 sites across Syria, two of which are in the middle of battlefields, and transporting them to the port. This is the responsibility of the Syrian army, which will be guarded en route by armoured trucks provided by Russia.


They are then loaded on to two cargo ships provided by Denmark and Norway, which have also supplied naval vessels to escort the ships out of Syrian waters.




It does so using chemical hydrolysis - mixing the hazardous chemicals with reagents such as bleach, water, or sodium hydroxide. The process will result in about 1.5 million gallons of toxic effluent that can't be used as a chemical weapon and will be disposed of commercially.




Of course these are 'International Waters'...


As KeepTalkingGreece goes on to note,

?he graveyard of highly toxic weapons will be off Crete, west from the Chania prefecture. Reason enough for Cretans in particular and Greek sin general to protest the process claiming environmental reasons. An international petition against the dumping of the Syrian chemicals in the Mediterranean Seas has already been set up in the petition website

Dumping of 800 tonnes of chemical weapons treated with hydrolysis in the Mediterranean will cause serious pollution, environmental degradation and severe threats to public health. It does not respect local societies, international conventions and very valuable ecosystems and marine species present in the area.” (read and sign petition here)

Speaking to defense news website, a Greek official said he couldn’t believe that any scientist at the OPCW would like to poison a broader area among so many countries.

But Greek experts doubt that the hydrolysis method is secure enough.

Ark Futura Syria chemicals loading

According to Cretan website, it were two cargo ships that already loaded chemicals from Latakia port of Syria: ARK Futura with Danish flag and TAIKO with Norwegian flag.

“Once loaded the two ships left towards Cyprus under the escort of UN ships.


The loading process was taking place under highest secrecy, that the ships had turned off the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and therefore they had disappeared from the marine traffic vessel position maps,” notes obtained also several pictures from the loading of Syrian chemicals from the Royal Navy of Denmark.

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Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:59 | 4336095 Croesus
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"Move on, nothing to see here...keep moving. Ignore the containers marked 'Sarin, Made in USA'..."


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:50 | 4336276 satoshi101
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If they bury it, then it gets dug up, and resold on the black market by "Al Queda", problem is that all the weapons have "Made in USA", and thus the USA would have to buy it back.

I'm certain on the 'secret' contract the terms of the deal is the shit had to be dumped in 500M of sea-water.

For the USA this is the cheapest way to solve the long term problem, ... Oh you think the USA gives a fuck about Pollution?

IRAN/IRAQ and all of PERSIA/ARABIA are so full of depleted uranium bullets now that most of the soil is radioactive, and remember that shit runs to the SEA.

Nope slow motion genocide is/has always been the plan.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:09 | 4336593 Boris Alatovkrap
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Is make it sense... dump toxic waste in water surround of toxic banking system. Only surprise is China is not purchase to dump in Grand Canal with dead pig.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 08:11 | 4337288 GetZeeGold
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They should just dump it down the toilet......or put it on the crops.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:36 | 4336456 JackWills
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They could of buried in the Atlantic or Pacific or Indian ocean, seems pretty simple to me, its a ploy to drive down the real estate prices in the Greek islands, buy the land cheap, then raise the stash and dump it somewhere else lol

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:51 | 4336533 JackWills
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They could of buried in the Atlantic or Pacific or Indian ocean, seems pretty simple to me, its a ploy to drive down the real estate prices in the Greek islands, buy the land cheap, then raise the stash and dump it somewhere else lol

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:08 | 4336587 MontgomeryScott
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Seriously, what the FUCK are these bastard 'illuminated ones' doing?

They already killed the Gulf Of Mexico, and the Pacific Ocean is now well on the way to total death, and they want to kill the Mediterranean, as well?


When the waters of the Mediterranean become death to all marine life, are they going to claim that it's 'CLIMATE CHANGE'?



Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:21 | 4336638 NOTW777
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this must refer to the WMD the left argues never existed; it never existed but care for the environment when disposing

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:19 | 4337127 JackWills
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SIMPLE, the Greeks should take all their toxic waste and dump it in International waters off the coast of Israel who made a big stink about the weapons and off the East Coast of the United States.  Two can play that game.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:26 | 4337134 JackWills
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We have been Shiting on land and in our oceans every conceivable toxic crap, stuff ain't going away baby its rotating in space with the rest of the assholes who think they got rid of it cheaply.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:59 | 4336098 chump666
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You see Greece, you made a pact with the IMF...What those gangsters say goes now.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:59 | 4336102 Ban KKiller
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What could go wrong? Why would we think long term? 

Dump it Texas, they love pollution especially if it creates "jobs". 

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:47 | 4336262 Matt
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There is no problem. After WW2, the Allies dumped the German chemical weapon stockpiles off the East Coast, and see how prosperous Grand Banks fishing is?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:59 | 4336103 thank-you-jerry
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what z fock???

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:02 | 4336108 Spungo
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Dumping 800 tons of bleach and sodium hydroxide in the water? I'm sure that won't completely kill everything within 10 miles.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:05 | 4336119 h0oS
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Man, if your going to take a shit don't do it on your door step...dirty fuckers...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:06 | 4336122 Whoa Dammit
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Make the individual corporations that sold Syria the chemical weapons take them back and dispose of them, at the corporation's expense, in the country of the corporation's headquarters.  

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:18 | 4336126 booboo
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Governments and their machinations, life would be so boring without them. I have an idea, lets give them "moar" power. Tell me, without government buying it by the shit ton who would make up the chemical weapon market?

Keep voting suckers, we're almost there.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:13 | 4336147 MeelionDollerBogus
Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:14 | 4336149 Confused
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What could possibly go wrong?



Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:14 | 4336151 Son of Captain Nemo
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Fukuppy strikes again.  Or is this his European cousin "Chemuppy"?...

Them fish get no respect.

Truly beyond belief

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:26 | 4336188 Son of Captain Nemo
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And now for my next question.

Did Russia simply hand it over to the UN/NATO hit squad for burial, or was Russian and Syria authorized as the disposal team?

Given what is happening between Japan and North America with everything from disintegarting starfish in the Northwest, conjoined Gray Whales in Baja and no sign of sardines to be found in Northern California I think someone at the UN needs to raise there hand and say Crete's waters for poison gas disposal is definitely off limits at this time!

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:19 | 4336174 RaceToTheBottom
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Nuk them till they glow.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:23 | 4336186 darteaus
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Next time, give the Germans the deal they want.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:28 | 4336204 ziggy59
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Nevermind Cider House....INSANITY rules...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:46 | 4336261 satoshi101
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I remember swimming south of Crete in the summer's of 1960's, and noting there were no fish, nothing just perfectly clean water.

Later I found out that the sea had been sterilized since WWII by munitions dumping.

Certainly dumping SHIT into the MED is not new.

Anybody that has been to the 'beach' in france, or italy knows that the water is GREEN/BROWN with floating turds and jelly-fish everywhere.

Polluted to the max,

In EUROPE people go to the IRISH coast on the far side, place like the "ring of kerry", to enjoy clean Atlantic water,

The south side of crete in the 1960's was clean and clear, albeit sterilized, but the north facing athens was sewage, 100%

Yugoslavia back in the day used to have CALIF like beaches, and now much of Turkey has nice beaches.


The Meditarean Sea and been a garbage dump for WAR since the time of Homer and earlier.


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:07 | 4336773 Space Animatoltipap
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Just part of the modern world pal. Since many humans fill their bodies with coke, xtc, cow carcasses, vodka, buttfuckers, envy, heroine and other nonsense what's the problem? Industrialised world, large scale tragical madness. Nothing special, just hell.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:49 | 4336273 chemystical
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this assumes, of course, that there actually were 1.6MM lbs of said weapons, and that - even if there were - that they'd be dumped.

most of us presume that anything/everything the gov't - be it national or int'l - tells us is a lie or at best a half truth: the objective(s) of which is to separate us from 1) our wealth, 2) our liberty, 3) our desire/will to resist #'s 1 and 2. 

or maybe the decision makers/imposers simply are sick fucks, or both.  descent into chaos will be like that.

P.S. I'd strongly consider adding a 4th to that list: our souls or the purity thereof.

blinders <OFF> and tinfoil hat <ON>

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 21:54 | 4336292 hunglow
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Israel beach was & is infected with waste & massive small bits of plastic. King David wood bee shocked.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:21 | 4336399 MS7
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Great decision for a country that depends economically on tourists who flock to its islands for its sparkling clear swimming water. The idiots in the Greek government are either being bribed or blackmailed. They all should have been put behind bars a long time ago.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:45 | 4336505 DeliciousSteak
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Not only is the stuff "secured", but should it get released, the impact is about as large as a drop of your spit in a lake.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:24 | 4336409 disabledvet
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"and then they realized Bail In was in fact a double entendre...

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 22:25 | 4336414 Bunga Bunga
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Looks like the world was safer, when the stuff as in Assad's hands.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:16 | 4336615 Kirk2NCC1701
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Assad should've made Meth and given it for free to all the Rebel populace. And turned neighbor countries into junkies.

The way America's enemies are wrecking us.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 00:36 | 4336486 q99x2
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Ulysses met ill fate when he blinded Polyphemus. May Poseidon forever prevent the IMF from returning to Ithaca. Let them sink along with, Calypso's Island, Atlantis.

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:10 | 4336592 Kirk2NCC1701
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It's all a big scam... The chems can be used to make Meth.

Project Blue Med = Blue Meth.


Wed, 01/15/2014 - 23:18 | 4336627 thewayitis
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  Is there no sanity in the world anymore ...........


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:03 | 4336919 Greenskeeper_Carl
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I have a great idea, I'm going to eat some chemical fish from Greece, then a few Fukushima bluefin tuna all together. What will I get?
Super powers, bitchez

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:43 | 4336979 are we there yet
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You may get a darwin award.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 01:41 | 4336977 are we there yet
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It would seem better and cheaper to take the two primary chemical agents and bury them deeply in separate salt domes.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:22 | 4337128 unbeing
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Dunno what they're worried about.  You think the canisters haven't already been replaced by unsellable cans of New Coke and re-routed to the Congo?  The fish will be high on caffeine and sugar, and the only problem they will have is diabetes.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:25 | 4337133 fredquimby
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"Ok, so you don't want us dump them, so we will look after them back in the US of A then. We wont use them anywhere on anything ever. Honestly"


Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:32 | 4337146 Joe A
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Have they gone completely fucking insane??? The Med is a nearly closed ecosystem with little influx of water from the Atlantic. If they think that when there will be leakage (and it will) that the 'solution to pollution is dilution' then they are very very wrong. Is it not enough that the Pacific is turned into a dead zone due to Fukushima?

The world is being led in every sector by a bunch of sociopathic psychopaths.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:29 | 4337410 d edwards
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True dat!


BTW, why wasn't it dumped off the coast of Fukishima-the water there is so radioactive that some bleach and sodium hydroxide would be the least of their worries.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 04:41 | 4337156 hackerinspace
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And I just bought land west of Chania. WTF?!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 07:27 | 4337237 Its_the_economy...
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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:32 | 4337613 giggler321
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So they're trying to stop atlantis now?


Why those Western powers don't simply take the stuff to add to their own arsenal of chemical weapons; I simply don't understand.

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:33 | 4337619 smacker
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As I have said many times, our societies are being run by an utterly corrupt "political criminal syndicate" who's only objectives are to steal as much as it can and protect itself from the very people it purports to represent.

It is long overdue for these slimeballs to be brought to heel and held to account for their criminality.

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