11/08/2005

Daily Kos: Saddam used chemical weapons against civilians. Did the US do so as well?

Saddam used chemical weapons against civilians. Did the US do so as well?
by kos
Tue Nov 08, 2005 at 12:55:31 PM CDT

So apparently the US is committed to doing everything it claimed it hated about Saddam. First came the torture. Even while Bush was claiming the US had shut down Saddam's rape and torture rooms, US forces in Iraq, Guantanamo, and elsewhere were doing the exact opposite.

Now, we're getting evidence that the US has used chemical weapons in Iraq. From the Independent (UK):

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.

Ever since the assault, which went unreported by any Western journalists, rumours have swirled that the Americans used chemical weapons on the city [...]

"Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all the way down to the bone ... I saw the burned bodies of women and children. Phosphorus explodes and forms a cloud. Anyone within a radius of 150 metres is done for."

Photographs on the website of RaiTG24, the broadcaster's 24-hours news channel, www.rainews24.it, show exactly what the former soldier means. 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 video evidence can be found here.

What final thread of moral authority we still had is frayed beyond repair. Torture and the use of chemical weapons against civilians. How can Bush claim he is now any different than Saddam?

Daily Kos: Saddam used chemical weapons against civilians. Did the US do so as well?

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