Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Americans Gassing Iraqis in Fallujah

I think we've somehow managed to do every single thing Saddam did that we said we wanted to stop. Torture? Check. Secret prisons? Check. Indiscriminate bombing? Check. But even I, in my fevered imagination, never thought we'd use chemical weapons.
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.


Provided by the Studies Centre of Human Rights in Fallujah, dozens of high-quality, colour close-ups show bodies of Fallujah residents, some still in their beds, whose clothes remain largely intact but whose skin has been dissolved or caramelised or turned the consistency of leather by the shells.
The story has a link to some pretty damning video evidence. I wish I could say I saw it coming, but I don't think anyone else did either. If anyone doubted Bush is a war criminal, I think we can officially call the debate academic.


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