In other news, under the headline, No end to air strikes in Afghanistan is an even scarier headline that reads, Rights group claims US uses phosphorus in air strikes, which suggests that Obama's Afghan adventure might get just as dirty as Bush's Mesopotamian one.
I thought that Saint Barrack was going to fight for the little brown man, not set him alight with weapons banned by the Geneva Treaty. Two of the last paragraphs read,
“We cannot be 100 percent sure what type of chemical it was and we do not have the equipment here to find out. One of the women who came here told us that 22 members of her family were totally burned. She said a bomb distributed white powder that caught fire and then set people’s clothes alight,” Jalali said.The claims were indeed blown grossly out of proportion - I hear it was more like a hundred and thirty nine and a couple of infants and they were all Kalashnikov-carrying Taliban freedom-haters. Despite the bleating in the liberal press there isn't a civilian left in Afghanistan, if there even were any there to begin with.
US forces in Afghanistan denied they had used the chemical, and have also said claims that up to 147 civilians were killed were grossly exaggerated.
The very last paragraph reads,
Both sides have made wildly different claims, with Taliban spokesmen seeking to exploit popular fury.Yes, and the Americans seeking to incite said popular fury - it's how they roll...
This image and story from Daylife were posted a month ago,
NOW ZAD, AFGHANISTAN - APRIL 03: U.S. Marine Sgt. Monica Hardin loads a 120mm white phosphorus mortar while firing towards a Taliban position on April 3, 2009 in Now Zad in Helmand province, Afghanistan. U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fired mortars and staged a ground assault on a section of the Taliban front line as part of the major strike. American air power dropped more than ten tons of explosives on dug-in Taliban fighting positions, according to the military. The U.S. operation involved Air Force, Marine, Navy and Army aviation and was coordinated as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The military says the civilian population of Now Zad fled in 2007, leaving the city a battleground between U.S. forces and entrenched Taliban fighters. Hardin is from Nashville, Tenn.
No mention of white phosphorus being a banned weapon, but there is an explanation about the civilians having fled two years ago. It's not just illegal to use these on civilians, it's wrong. It's wrong to use this kind of weapon on anyone. Many of them say they are Christians, but what would Jesus say about this kind of behavior?