Pay attention to Middle East oil spill

Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2006

I am writing to ask my friends and fellow community members to take some time from their busy lives to learn about the devastating oil spill in the eastern Mediterranean.

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The spill resulted from a series of Israeli air strikes on a Lebanese power plant, beginning July 13. Between 3 and 15 million gallons of heavy bunker oil are believed to have spilled. Response to the spill has been severely hampered by the Israeli air and sea blockade. The first flyovers took place on Aug. 22. Photos and underwater video of this ecological catastrophe can be viewed online at Green Peace's Web site. A Google News search of "Lebanon oil spill" is also useful.

A starker example of unintended consequences of the use of military force is hard to imagine. I would like the Juneau Empire and other Alaska news outlets to consider following this story in depth. As an Alaskan with strong memories of the Exxon Valdez disaster, I am painfully struck by this terrible oil spill.

Aaron Brakel


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