Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre

This image was originally posted at janmontyn.com

Today, an Italian news channel will broadcast a report called Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre. It documents, among other things, that US forces used chemical weapons in Iraq.
The technical name is white phosphorus. In theory its purpose is to illumine enemy positions in the dark. In practice, it was used as a chemical weapon in the rebel stronghold of Fallujah. And it was used not only against enemy combatants and guerrillas, but against innocent civilians. The Americans are responsible for a massacre using unconventional weapons, the identical charge for which Saddam Hussein stands accused.

They also used something very much like napalm. It has a slightly different chemical recipe and is now called RX77, but it has exactly the same effect. The army has already admitted to using 'napalm' or RX77 as far back as August 10th, 2003. The Independent article, US admits it used napalm bombs in Iraq, reported that the New Napalm, RX77, was used against Iraqi troops in the push into Baghdad.

The Pentagon said it had not tried to deceive. It drew a distinction between traditional napalm, first invented in 1942, and the weapons dropped in Iraq, which it calls Mark 77 firebombs. They weigh 510lbs, and consist of 44lbs of polystyrene-like gel and 63 gallons of jet fuel.

Officials said that if journalists had asked about the firebombs their use would have been confirmed. A spokesman admitted they were "remarkably similar" to napalm but said they caused less environmental damage.

It always seems to come back to Fallujah, so long a seat of Sunni and Bathist power, where the US forces shot their first demonstrators, where the people hung those American contrctors from Blackwater from a bridge, and then the site of two of the worst battles in recent history . Poor Fallujah, at least this time their will be less environmental damage.

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