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|Invasion of Iraq: The White Death of Fallujah|
Tuesday, December 20 @ 14:52:57 UTC
|By Chris Floyd, www.chris-floyd.com |
Last month, the broadcast of a shattering new documentary provided fresh confirmation of a gruesome war crime covered by this column nine months ago: the use of chemical weapons by American forces during the frenzied, Bush-ordered destruction of Fallujah in November 2004.
Using filmed and photographic evidence, eyewitness accounts, and the direct testimony of American soldiers who took part in the attacks, the documentary "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre" catalogues the American use of white phosphorous shells and a new, "improved" form of napalm that turned human beings into "caramelized" fossils, with their skin dissolved and turned to leather on their bones. The film was produced by RAI, the Italian state network run by a government that backed the war.
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|Invasion of Iraq: A War Crime Within a War Crime Within a War Crime|
Thursday, November 24 @ 19:04:34 UTC
|The Revelations From Falluja Are Piling Up|
by George Monbiot, www.monbiot.com
The media couldn't have made a bigger pig's ear of the white phosphorus story. So before moving on to the new revelations from Falluja, I would like to try to clear up the old ones.
There is no hard evidence that white phosphorus was used against civilians. The claim was made in a documentary broadcast on the Italian network RAI, called "Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre". It claimed the corpses in the pictures it ran "showed strange injuries, some burnt to the bone, others with skin hanging from their flesh ... The faces have literally melted away, just like other parts of the body. The clothes are strangely intact." These assertions were supported by a human rights advocate whom, it said, possessed "a biology degree".(1)
I too possess a biology degree, and I am as well-qualified to determine someone's cause of death as I am to perform open-heart surgery. So I asked Chris Milroy, professor of forensic pathology at the University of Sheffield, to watch the film. He reported that "nothing indicates to me that the bodies have been burnt." They had turned black and lost their skin "through decomposition". We don't yet know how these people died.
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|Invasion of Iraq: The US used chemical weapons in Iraq|
Tuesday, November 15 @ 18:34:06 UTC
|by George Monbiot, monbiot.com|
Did US troops use chemical weapons in Falluja? The answer is yes. The proof is not to be found in the documentary broadcast on Italian TV last week, which has generated gigabytes of hype on the internet. It's a turkey, whose evidence that white phosphorus was fired at Iraqi troops is flimsy and circumstantial. But the bloggers debating it found the smoking gun.
The first account they unearthed in a magazine published by the US army. In the March 2005 edition of Field Artillery, officers from the 2nd Infantry's fire support element boast about their role in the attack on Falluja in November last year: "White Phosphorous. WP proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE [high explosive]. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."
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|Invasion of Iraq: The White Death|
Friday, November 11 @ 23:13:43 UTC
|By Chris Floyd, themoscowtimes.com|
This week, the broadcast of a shattering new documentary provided fresh confirmation of a gruesome war crime covered by this column nine months ago: the use of chemical weapons by U.S. forces during the frenzied destruction of Fallujah in November 2004.
Using filmed and photographic evidence, eyewitness accounts and the direct testimony of U.S. soldiers who took part in the attacks, the documentary -- "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre" -- catalogs the American use of white phosphorus shells and a new, "improved" form of napalm that turned human beings into "caramelized" fossils, with their skin dissolved and turned to leather on their bones. The film was produced by RAI, the Italian state network run by a government that backed the war.
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|Invasion of Iraq: U.S. forces 'shake and bake' Iraqi civilians!|
Friday, November 11 @ 18:16:35 UTC
|by Dennis Rahkonen, smirkingchimp.com|
Recognizing its devastating significance, progressive websites have been quick to headline the shocking story that a recently run Italian television documentary quite compellingly and gruesomely shows U.S. forces used the chemical terror weapon white phosphorous during their withering assault on Fallujah, Iraq.
Confirmation of this comes from one of our own Army's publications, Field Artillery Magazine, in its March issue, in a piece entitled "The Fight for Fallujah":
"WP proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."What the article fails to mention is that white phosphorous generates a lethal cloud that kills anything and everything within its dispersed proximity. It's hardly akin to a sniper's bullet to the brain.
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|Invasion of Iraq: The Crimes of Fallujah Revisited|
Wednesday, November 09 @ 22:21:13 UTC
|by Kurt Nimmo kurtnimmo.com|
Earlier today I received an email from an Italian, directing me to the RAI News 24 website where there is a video documenting the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Fallujah. I was unable to download the video because the connection to the RAI News site was so slow. However, even if I was able to view the video report (entitled "Fallujah, The Concealed Massacre") filed by correspondent Sigfrido Ranucci, I don't think I'd want to see it. "I received the order use caution because we had used white phosphorus on Fallujah," a former soldier told Ranucci. "In military slag it is called 'Willy Pete'.
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|Invasion of Iraq: US Criticised for Use of Phosphorous in Fallujah Raids|
Wednesday, November 09 @ 14:20:25 UTC
|by Andrew Buncombe, Independent.co.uk|
A leading campaign group has demanded an urgent inquiry into a report that US troops indiscriminately used a controversial incendiary weapon during the battle for Fallujah. Photographic evidence gathered from the aftermath of the battle suggests that women and children were killed by horrific burns caused by the white phosphorus shells dropped by US forces.
The Pentagon has always admitted it used phosphorus during last year's assault on the city, which US commanders said was an insurgent stronghold. But they claimed they used the brightly burning shells "very sparingly" and only to illuminate combat areas.
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|Invasion of Iraq: Incinerating Iraqis; the napalm cover up|
Monday, November 07 @ 22:09:06 UTC
|by Mike Whitney, .informationclearinghouse.info |
06/27/05 -- "You smell that? Do you smell that? Napalm, son. Nothing else in the world smells like that. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory. Robert Duvall, "Apocalypse Now" (1979)
Two weeks ago the UK Independent ran an article which confirmed that the US had "lied to Britain over the use of napalm in Iraq". (06-17-05) Since then, not one American newspaper or TV station has picked up the story even though the Pentagon has verified the claims. This is the extent to which the American "free press" is yoked to the center of power in Washington. As we've seen with the Downing Street memo, (which was reluctantly reported 5 weeks after it appeared in the British press) the air-tight American media ignores any story that doesn't embrace their collective support for the war. The prospect that the US military is using "universally reviled" weapons runs counter to the media-generated narrative that the war was motivated by humanitarian concerns (to topple a brutal dictator) as well as to eliminate the elusive WMDs. We can now say with certainty that the only WMDs in Iraq were those that were introduced by foreign invaders from the US who have used them to subjugate the indigenous people.
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