Wednesday, November 09, 2005

White Phosphorous

I used to think that I was inured to the constant barrage of filth. You start to go numb by getting smacked over the head on a daily basis with the crimes of the scumbags in Washington. The lies, the corruption, stolen elections, 9/11, war for profit, torture, Katrina, Guantanamo, fascism.

But dumping white phosphorous on the citizens of Iraq takes the prize.

Napalm pales in comparison, and which by the way was also used.
"In a documentary to be broadcast by RAI, the Italian state broadcaster, this morning, a former American soldier who fought at Fallujah says: "I heard the order to pay attention because they were going to use white phosphorus on Fallujah. In military jargon it's known as Willy Pete.
"Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all the way down to the bone ... I saw the burned bodies of women and children. Phosphorus explodes and forms a cloud. Anyone within a radius of 150 metres is done for."
-- The Independent, US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah

The use of this incendiary shit isn't in dispute. It's admitted in the March edition of Field Artillery Magazine in an article called "The Fight for Fallujah":
"WP [i.e., white phosphorus rounds] proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."

Now one might think that our American military using banned, hideous weaponry on innocent civilians might be a newsworthy item. But scan the MSM sites today and find -
ABC - Paris Hilton in a fender bender
CBS - snoring is bad for you
CNN - the best and worse NFL uniforms

It seems the news organizations don't want to touch this, um, war crime. It might make people so sickened of what their government is doing that they may decide that burning the skin off innocent children isn't such a good thing. Showing photos might make people question just what the fuck their government is up to, like, um, this one:

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Update - Just like little boots and his "we don't torture" lie, the state department decided to lie also about what happened in Iraq:
Finally, some news accounts have claimed that U.S. forces have used "outlawed" phosphorus shells in Fallujah. Phosphorus shells are not outlawed. U.S. forces have used them very sparingly in Fallujah, for illumination purposes. They were fired into the air to illuminate enemy positions at night, not at enemy fighters."

The above quote can be found at

Funny how the sub headline states "Identifying Misinformation".

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