Friday, November 23, 2007

Kamikaze Dolphins

There's a blame game happening in the story from about three weeks ago regarding 152 dolphins that washed up on Iran shores dead.
First it was stated it was a mass suicide among the dolphins. Then the blame was shifted to the fishermen, who allegedly beat the dolphins to death with grappling irons after the dolphins got caught in their nets. Finally, the blame was then put on the United States Military for their use of spying surveillance equipment, which, to put it simply, mess with the sonar capabilities of dolphins and other marine mammals.

Excerpt from the article:

However, Mr Nezami blamed more sinister factors, telling Iranian journalists: "As these dolphins are not among the species normally found in the surrounding Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, probably the Americans - for tracking purposes - have brought them to carry out laboratory works in the Gulf region. This group of dolphins have not been able to tolerate the tests. The likely reason for these deaths is water pollution, the spreading of electro-magnetic waves by military ships or a kind of virus disease."

The explanation was dismissed by environmental experts after tissue examinations showed no sign of poisoning or pollution. The environmental protection agency found bruising on some corpses, arousing suspicion that the dolphins had suffered violent blows. It has formed an inquiry committee consisting of officials from the oil ministry, the state-run shipping organisation and Tehran University's veterinary medicine faculty.

Read more here: Suicide or Murder? Iran blames U.S. after 152 Dolphins die It's interesting to note that about 7 years ago, an article came out about how dolphins are trained to kill for the Soviets, and then were sold to Iran.

Excerpt from article:
The animals were trained to attack enemy frogmen with harpoons attached to their backs, or to drag them to the surface to be taken into captivity.

They could also undertake kamikaze strikes against enemy shipping carrying mines that would explode a ship on contact with its hull.

The dolphins could allegedly distinguish foreign and Soviet submarines by the sound of their propeller.

According to research by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, numerous ex-Soviet military dolphins have been sold to aquariums around the world.

Many have been kept in poor conditions on arrival, and others have died en route.

Kamikaze Dolphins

I find it rather hysterical that the USA had raised objections on the sale of these dolphins to Iran for these purposes. It's been well documented that the military has used these, and other mammals, for their own warmongering purposes.

Wikipedia has information on "Military Dolphins" and personally, I find it abhorrent that any country on this planet would do such a thing.

I know, I know ... people use dogs for the military, drug sniffing, search & rescue operations, etc. People use horses (or used to) in wars, etc etc.

Doesn't mean I have to like it or agree with it. Utilizing animals to help humanity is one thing. Utilizing animals to help kill other people is quite another.

Send humans to be kamikazes. Seriously. If people are insane enough to go into war, then they're insane enough to blow themselves up all by themselves.

Last but not least, the US Navy was recently told to reduce sonar effects on marine life.

The Navy says, "
With more nations, including China, acquiring quiet, hard-to-detect submarines, the Navy says training sailors in the use of high intensity sonar is a priority."

I disagree. Research on the effect of sonar on our marine life includes, but is not limited to, brain damage and bleeding in the brains and out the ears.

War is inhumane, no matter how you slice it. But if the nations of the world really feel the need to quietly blow each other up, then use human subjects. Once someone has bleeding out their ears happen, perhaps then they'll see just how inhumane these so-called military tests are.

Just sayin'



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