Thursday, November 17, 2005

US using Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Read this Boston Globe Article

The Pentagon admitted to using White Phosphorus munitions in Iraq in defeating insurgents in Fullujah, a highly populated city in Iraq. These weapons are for all intents and purposes chemical weapons: once they make contact, they burn the skin and in some cases can burn all the way to the bone. The only way to treat such a wound is by submerging the victim underwater; however, that victim cannot take their wounds out of the water or the burns will continue. Isn't that interesting? Trained medical staff have to remove the white phospherus wounds... somehow I doubt American forces were attending to their victims.

An Italian newspaper broke the story, but the credibility seemed questionable. However, the Pentagon has subsequently admitted to using the weapons in Fullujah, although it claims it was not used against civilians. However, in such a massively populated area such as Fullujah, how could the Pentagon be sure? While White Phospherus isn't on the official list of banned chemicals, it's use against civilians IS banned - except, convienantly, the US refused to sign that portion of the treaty.

The only feasible reason that White Phosphorus isn't entirely on the banned substance list of chemical weapons is because it has a perfectly reasonable use: it can brightly light up the sky, which has a multitude of uses. However, this country should be wary of using chemical weapons - one of the two primary reasons (lies) this administration invaded Iraq.

The American people should be ashamed we have a President who would allow the use of such tactics, especially when those tactics were used in such heavily populated areas. Imagine if such horrid weapons were used against Americans? Imagine if American soldiers, fighting in foreign lands, were subjected to white phospherus munitions - imagine their skin burning in the arid deserts of Iraq, with no water to submerge themselves in to hope that medics could quickly come to their aid and heal their wounds? Imagine feeling the pain as the chemical weapons burned all the way to the bone? There may be worse pains in this world, but it is one I'm glad I've never felt.

Impeach President Bush. America is quickly losing all our friends across the world. We are becoming morally bankrupt. We can fix it, but President Bush will never be a part of the problem. He allows corruption to run rampant in his administration, invades a country with false intelligence, misleading this country into war. He allows the military to use sick, inhumane chemical weapons in densely populated civilian areas. President Bush is no friend to humanity and we must demand our elected body to free America from his evil grasp.


Joe Schlieff said...

That entire city was one big terrorist. There weren't any civilians. Why do you think there was a mass exodus out of the city limits prior to us going in there? The only people left were insurgents. And I think it's not appropriate to use the phrase "morally bankrupt" when the concept of what is morally correct is so polar in society. If you mean progressive morals, such as letting people do what they want without regard for its effect on society, then yes, but Bush is upholding traditional morals. In the meantime, we have a Bull Market with stocks at a 4.5 year high...

Ryan Adams said...

Bush is upholding traditional morals? Really?

What is traditional? You yourself do exactly what you say I shouldn't do.

Regardless, unlike a lot of progressives, I'm not a moral relativist in the true sense of the word. I think there are definate rights and wrongs...

Something that is definately wrong is using chemical weapons against ANYONE - regardless of whether they are insurgents or not. I would be appalled if white phosphorus were shot at American soldiers and would be very angered by it. We should hold ourselves to better standards.

I highly doubt all civilians left Fallujah. If you think they did, you're being a little niave. A catagory 5 hurricane hit a city of 500,000 people (below sea level) and did the entire city evacuate? No. People are always wary to leave their homes, especially when they know they may never be able to come back to them. Perhaps it was wrong for the US to ask civilians to be put into that kind of a situation?

In the meantime, 2,000 Americans have died and a former chief of the CIA has just called Dick Cheney a "Vice President of Torture."

Joe Schlieff said...

It warms my heart that someone on your side of the fence remembers the right and wrong lessons we learned in elemntary school...and I think that the phrase "traditional values" is self-explainatory.

I also don't think we should use chemical weapons, but if we do I won't lose any sleep over it unless it's done in a much larger scale. Question: Was the white phosphurous a side effect of battlefield lighting or did we use it like tear gas or...I haven't heard about this yet.

The people who live in New Orleans are cleary idiots for not hi-tailing it out of there.

The whole issue of torture is irrelevent because it isn't torture. The US does not torture. The terrorist in the black hood who was standing on the box with the wires...I bet he laughed when he found out we really weren't gonna kill him. The stuff we are doing is hardly considered torture, even if it went on around here. ooOOOOooo a naked pigpile..that's kinda creepy and really gross but it's not torture. Mind you, I don't condone that sort of homoerotic behavior, I think the media has completly blown it out of proportion. And to think that 5 years ago, if an Iraqi was getting "tortured" it was by being thrown in a vat of acid or being gangraped. I'll take short Army chick with the leash, thankyouverymuch.

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