Wednesday, November 16, 2005



Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Venable has confirmed to the BBC that white phosphorus was used as a weapon against the Iraqi residents of Fallujah last year. This is a direct reversal of the State Department's claim that it was used only for illumination.

Of course, Col. Venable claims that it was used as a weapon only against "enemy combatants" and not civilians.
So what. Whatever the intention, civilians and insurgents alike were very clearly burned alive by this nasty chemical weapon. And yes -- it is a chemical weapon when used offensively against people.

Rather than being a shining example -- the gold standard of honor and liberty in the world, we've rapidly become global demons armed with Texas six-shooters spewing flesh burning chemicals onto the people we're claiming to "liberate." But because our leaders wear snappy clothing and are impeccably groomed, we don't look like evil-doers and terrorists.

However, Col. Venable knows the score.

"The combined effects of the fire and smoke - and in some case the terror brought about by the explosion on the ground - will drive them out of the holes so that you can kill them with high explosives." [emphasis mine]

You mean... We employ terror as a tactic?
Of course we do.
We taught Saddam and Osama everything they know.

George W. Bush said about Saddam Hussein, October 7, 2002:
"Iraq's weapons of mass destruction are controlled by a murderous tyrant who has already used chemical weapons to kill thousands of people."

In 1988, Saddam claimed the chemical attack on the Kurds in Halabja was intended for enemy combatants: Iraqi Kurds allied with Iran. And he did it using American chemical weapons which were deployed from American helicopters. State Department memos at the time urged U.S. officials to place the blame partly on the Iranians for the attack. It's all so eerily familiar.

Saddam's gassing of Halabja was one of the chief talking points from the White House in the lead-up to the current Iraq War. As were condemnations of Saddam's torture chambers at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. So now that we're both torturing Iraqis and using white phosphorus as a deadly chemical weapon against civilian populations, remind me again how our leaders are more righteous than our enemies?

"The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages -- leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained [...] International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq [...]
If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning."

--George W. Bush, 2003 State of the Union address


Anonymous Anonymous said...

White phosphorous ignites spontaneously upon contact with oxygen. If it comes into contact with a persons skin it will continue to burn as long as oxygen is available, going as far down as the bone. As we have seen time and again the United States has had to backtrack and restate what is happening in regards to Iraq. Each revision of the "truth" results in a lowering of the world's opinion of the war. How refreshing it would be to have one story told, and it be the correct one the first time around!

All of this is very disturbing. In light of the topic you have a good site. Keep up the good work.


6:08 PM, November 16, 2005  

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