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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

We have become the evil we supposedly deplore

US troops used white phosphorus as a weapon in the assault on Fallujah last year. And, of course, they lied about it at first, before the evidence became overwhelming. The Pentagon is still defending the use of this brutal chemical weapon. From the BBC:
[Lt. Col Venable] said US forces could use white phosphorus rounds to flush enemy troops out of covered positions.

"The combined effects of the fire and smoke - and in some case the terror brought about by the explosion on the ground - will drive them out of the holes so that you can kill them with high explosives," he said.
Ah yes. Creating terror is what the "war on terror" is all about. We went half way around the world to invade a country for no reason, and we burn the flesh off of anyone who dares to object. And the idiot-in-chief is off in Japan lecturing the Chinese on freedom.