Wednesday, November 16, 2005

White phosphorus, sometimes called “Willie Pete” or “WP,” is a waxy solid that is used in chemical manufacturing and smoke munitions. Willie Pete was used in Vietnam. It can cause burns and irritation, liver, kidney, heart, lung, or bone damage, and death. Many of us still live with disturbing images of Vietnam. “When white phosphorus hit the skin of a living creature it continued to burn until it had burned through the body,” one writer recollects, “Water would not extinguish it.”

When the Italians broke the story about the illegal use of Willie Pete by the U.S. military in Iraq, the world was shocked. Then the Neo-Con Curtain descended. In a letter to The Independent, U.S. Ambassador Robert Tuttle said, "US forces participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom continue to use appropriate, lawful and conventional weapons against legitimate targets. US forces do not use napalm or phosphorus as weapons." However, today the Pentagon admitted that it used incendiary weapons in Fallujah. Here’s a picture:

From election fraud to a fabricated basis for war, the Bush administration has no limit and no shame.


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