Caught in a Lie, U.S. is Using White Phosphorus in Afghanistan as a Weapon

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    Dave Lindorff: Caught in a Lie, U.S. is Using White Phosphorus in Afghanistan as a Weapon
    Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 11:25am.

    * Dave Lindorff

    When doctors started reporting that some of the victims of the U.S. bombing of several villages in Farah Province last week -- an attack that left between 117 and 147 civilians dead, most of them women and children -- were turning up with deep, sharp burns on their body that "looked like" they'd been caused by white phosphorus, the U.S. military was quick to deny responsibility.

    U.S. officials -- who initially denied that the U.S. had even bombed any civilians in Farah despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, including massive craters where houses had once stood -- insisted that "no white phosphorus" was used in the attacks on several villages in Farah.

    Official military policy on the use of white phosphorus is to only use the high-intensity, self-igniting material as a smoke screen during battles or to illuminate targets, not as a weapon against human beings -- even enemy troops.

    Now that policy, and the military's blanket denial that phosphorus was used in Farah, have to be questioned, thanks to a recent report filed from a remote area of Afghanistan by a reporter from The New York Times.

    C.J. Chivers, writing in the May 14 The New York Times in an article headlined "Korangal Valley Memo: In Bleak Afghan Outpost, Troops Slog On," wrote of how an embattled U.S. Army unit in the Korangal Valley of Afghanistan, had come under attack following a morning memorial service for one of their members, Pfc. Richard Demeter, who had been killed the day before by a mine.

    Chivers wrote:

    "After the ceremony, the violence resumed. The soldiers detected a Taliban spotter on a ridge, which was pounded by mortars and then white phosphorus rounds from a 155 millimeter howitzer."

    "What did the insurgents do? When the smoldering subsided, they attacked from exactly the same spot, shelling the outpost with 30-millimeter grenades and putting the soldiers on notice that the last display of firepower had little effect. The Americans escalated. An A-10 aircraft made several gun runs, then dropped a 500-pound bomb."

    It is clear from this passage that the military's use of the phosphorus shells had not been for the officially sanctioned purpose of providing cover. The soldiers had no intention of climbing that hill to attack the spotter on the ridge themselves. They were trying to destroy him with shells and bombs. In fact, the last thing they would have wanted to do was provide the spotter with a smoke cover, which would have helped him escape, and which also would have hidden him from the planes that had been called in to make gun runs at his position. Nor was this a case of illuminating the target. The incident, as Chivers reports, took place in daylight.
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    WHAT??? It's almost like you read about Fallujah a few years ago... this is old news.

    Willy Pete is okay against 'bad guys' and people that look like them.
    The freedom you get from having the Moral high ground is awesome.
     
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    blog

    Basically a bunch of horse shit

    Now there ARE confirmed stories of Afghan rebels using willy p... but no evidence WHATSOEVER of our troops using willy p on enemy combatants or civy populations
     
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    I think we're doing it, and it is fully supported by Obama. We should be trying Obama for war crimes.
     
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    Well, find out.


    if you care.
     
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    I asked the Canadian military if they used it. They said no. Then I emailed them a link from their website showing it - then they said yes, but 'only so we can see in the dark'.
     
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    Half the stories I've read in the media about Afghanistan bear little resemblance to actuality. Unfortunately gullible individuals take it all in as truth. And that's without any political bias the media write in.

    The Taliban are using white phosphorus indiscriminately. It has been found in IEDs in regions across Afghanistan and it has also been used in mortar and rocket attacks on NATO and US forces. And that's fact.
     
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    well now, Obam is using white P as a weapon against civilians?


    (using the same twisted logic most libs/dems used to blame Bush for it)
     
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    so many will accept anything they read on the internet as 100% truth

    thats how the nutty troofers get their crap
     

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