Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Chemical Weapons

The lies just keep unraveling. Democracy Now has more revelations about white phosphorous as a chemical weapon
New evidence has emerged that the U.S. military used chemical weapons during the assault on Fallujah a year ago. Last week the Pentagon confirmed for the first time that it used white phosphorous as a weapon to attack Iraqi fighters. But the Pentagon rejected claims that white phosphorous is a chemical weapon. White Phosphorous is often compared to napalm because it combusts spontaneously when exposed to oxygen and can burn right through skin to the bone. While the Pentagon is denying white phosphorous is a chemical weapon, a newly uncovered Defense Department document, reveals that is just how the military described it when Saddam Hussein allegedly used it a decade ago. A declassified 1995 Pentagon intelligence document reads QUOTE "Iraqi forces loyal to president Saddam may have possibly used white phosphorous chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels." Meanwhile a British commander has admitted that he trained his troops in using white phosphorus as a weapon. Until now the British government has maintained it used white phosphorous but only for tactical purposes.
How a lie slowly becomes the truth:
  • We didn't use white phosphorous in Iraq.
  • Well, we did use white phosphorous, but only for illumination purposes or was it for obscuration purposes?
  • Well, okay we did target a few buildings
  • Well, and yes we did fire some rounds at insurgents but that's not prohibited and besides WP is not a chemical weapon
  • Oh, okay okay maybe it is a chemical weapon but it's not that bad...

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