Wednesday, November 09, 2005

White Phosphorus over Fallujah

Hat tips to Blairwatch and Chickenyoughurt.

Italian television station RAI has published a documentary that alleges the US military used white phosphorus ("Whiskey P., in military vernacular) during its assault on Fallujah. Whiskey P. is very similar to Napalm, used extensively in Vietnam, and its effects on human beings are almost identical. These incendiary explosives burn, even melt people, inflicting horrific wounds and often death on their victims.

This nothing short of the use of chemical weapons.

Whilst I reserve judgement on the veracity of this story, it would indicate that the coalition is sowing decades of popular Iraqi resentment and that cannot be in the interest of our nations or Iraq itself.

Watch the RAI documentary and slideshow here. Not for the faint of heart.

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At 5:16 PM, Blogger Richard said...

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At 5:19 PM, Blogger Richard said...

Words [almost] fail me, gert.

Equally awful though, is that some will watch, yet still not give a damn.

At 6:26 PM, Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

Well I watched and gave a damn. Whatever stuff they are using it is horrific. They now claimed in response that they 'never deliberately target people with WP'..I wonder if that is code for 'if we accidentally hit them well it's ok'

They do say they use MK77 which seems to be Napalm from what they are saying, and not properly classified as a banned weapon. I can't remember how or why they reason that though, I'll have to find the link.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Gert said...

The truth is that there is a lot of American blogger activity related to MK-77 but unrelated to the RAI docu. Somehow the "anniversary" of Fallujah seems to be jogging American memories regarding the use of these incendiary weapons. The Guardian (I bought the offline edition today) is running a story on the fall of Fallujah, including WP, but I can't find it on the site...

Expect a backlash from our wingnut friends...


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