Wednesday, November 16, 2005

 

Hell Comes To Falluja II

If the truth ever actually comes out about what's been happening in Iraq over the last few years - then certain individuals in the US military should be forced to answer some very tough questions, and no doubt some should definitely be charged with war crimes. One year on from the attack on Fallujah (see Hell Comes To Fallujah ) it now transpires, after many blank denials - that the US military did actually use White Phosphorus against human targets in that city, supposedly against "insurgents" but also causing many civilian deaths, including women & children. White Phosphorus itself is not illegal to use on the battlefield - usually to illuminate the combat zone - however using it against human beings is a shockingly evil & hideous crime and goes another step further to illustrating that the US Government's claims about Iraq's regime and "chemical weapons" , was just stunning hypocrisy. 

To fully realise the horror of this weapon, you have to think back to your school science lessons, and remember what happened when your chemistry teacher dropped a lump of phosphorus into a bowl of water - remember how it burned with that incandescant white light until it was totally consumed - how it reacted with liquid. Now imagine that, used against a human being - apparently photographic evidence exists from Fallujah of corpses, with their clothes perfectly intact - but all other features burned away where the chemical, has reacted against the water in that persons skin, mouth & eyes. Can you imagine a more horrific way to die? From BBC News:

White phosphorus is highly flammable and ignites on contact with oxygen. If the substance hits someone's body, it will burn until deprived of oxygen.

Globalsecurity.org, a defence website, says: "Phosphorus burns on the skin are deep and painful... These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears... it could burn right down to the bone."

Now imagine how you would feel if a foreign army invaded your country on the pretext that your leaders were stockpiling chemical weapons... never actually found a single scrap of evidence of this... and then started using White Phosphorus against your civilian population. Somehow I don't think the US military has got this "Winning Hearts & Minds" concept quite worked out properly.


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