Fighting the Good Fight

I remember being surprised at how little we in the states heard about the US assault on Fallujah last year. Well, new stories are finally coming out about that assault:

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

So add white phosphorus to the horrid weapons historically used by the US military, joining napalm, nuclear weapons, depleted uranium, and who knows what else.

What is so horrible about white phosphorus?

“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.”

A biologist in Fallujah, Mohamad Tareq, interviewed for the film, says: “A rain of fire fell on the city, the people struck by this multi-coloured substance started to burn, we found people dead with strange wounds, the bodies burned but the clothes intact.”

The US government admits that it used phosphorus, but it claims it only used it “for illumination purposes.” Uh-huh. And now the BuShites are advocating torture, trying to set a precedent for treating detainees and/or prisoners, yet their policies are already causing unimaginable pain to their victims, without regard to the political consequences of such brutality.

And now people wonder why Bush’s approval rating is so low.

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