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Shake 'n' Bake - What White Phosphorus Does to Your Skin
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down - When Willie Pete Comes To Town
Israel denies it is attacking civilians, just as the United States denied using white phosphorus on Fallujah and bombing the city into rubble or torturing prisoners at Guantanamo. These criminals and their lackeys in the corporate media lie like they breath. – Gary Sudborough
Israeli bombs destroyed Zainab Jawad’s family home in the southern village of Ayta Chaeb. Then rockets slammed into the family’s car as they fled.
“I don’t want to remember, but I can’t help it. What I remember most is the sound, the sound of the planes, and I was scared because I thought there were so many. I fell asleep last night, but all I could hear in my sleep were planes.”
Jeff Englehart, a Marine who served in Fallujah and who maintains a weblog at http://www.ftssoldier.blogspot.com , claims that there was widespread, indiscriminate use of white phosphorus in last year's attack on Fallujah.
The white phosphorus hits and disperses into an indiscriminately lethal cloud with a kill zone approximately a quarter of a mile wide -- over a tenth of a mile in all directions.
Although white phosphorus often has no effect on clothes, when it makes contact with a person's skin, it will burn it down to the bone. If the gas is inhaled, it will blister the throat and lungs, causing rapid suffocation, burning the body from the inside.
Englehart heard officers approve requests for use of white phosphorus on a wide scale throughout the assault.
There is no way you can use white phosphorus like that without forming a deadly chemical cloud that kills everything within a tenth of a mile in all directions from where it hits. Obviously, the effect of such deadly clouds weren't just psychological in nature.
This claim of "shake and bake" is further confirmed in a news article by an embedded journalist at the time.
"Bogert is a mortar team leader who directed his men to fire round after round of high explosives and white phosphorus charges into the city Friday and Saturday, never knowing what the targets were or what damage the resulting explosions caused. . . they ran through the drill again and again, sending a mixture of burning white phosphorus and high explosives they call "shake 'n' bake" into a cluster of buildings where insurgents have been spotted all week."
This directly contradicts a previous US State Department statement, (archived at: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0511/S00186.htm), that WP was used "very sparingly in Fallujah, for illumination purposes".
NOTE: The State Department has now updated their "Misinformation" fighting report to state:
[November 10, 2005 note: We have learned that some of the information we were provided in the above paragraph is incorrect. White phosphorous shells, which produce smoke, were used in Fallujah not for illumination but for screening purposes, i.e., obscuring troop movements and, according to an article, "The Fight for Fallujah," in the March-April 2005 issue of Field Artillery magazine, "as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes …."
The article states that U.S. forces used white phosphorous rounds to flush out enemy fighters so that they could then be killed with high explosive rounds.]
Last November, after the second siege of Fallujah, Dahr Jamail, an unembedded reporter interviewed a Fallujah doctor who saw civilians suffering unusual burns.
He cited reports that the US was using "weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud" and that "pieces of these bombs explode into large fires that continued to burn on the skin even after people dumped water on the burns." The doctor "treated people who had their skin melted."
"A rain of fire came down on the city, and people targeted by the different coloured substances began to burn. We found people dead, with strange injuries, with their clothes intact," said a Fallujah biologist. - http://www.uruknet.info/?p=18031
The Pentagon denied using napalm at the time, but Marine pilots and their commanders have confirmed that they used an upgraded version of the weapon against dug-in positions. They said napalm, which has a distinctive smell, was used because of its psychological effect on an enemy. - http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2003/030810-napalm-iraq01.htm
THE BURNING OF TALIBAN BODIES.
“White phosphorus grenades tossed into places where people are? That's insane - such usage is pretty much a chemical weapon and a firebomb. An M-15 phosphorus grenade (what they're probably using) has a bursting radius of 17 meters. It burns at 5,000 degrees Farenheit.
If you remove a fragment from the body, it spontaneously reignites when exposed to air - you have to soak the injured person's wounds in water before you remove it, then submerge it immediately afterwards.
If white phosphorus enters water with a low oxygen content, it forms phosphine, a lethal gas. Breathing in the smoke causes a condition known as "phossy jaw", which gives an unhealing mouth wound and possible breakdown of the jaw bone itself.
Consumption of a small amount of white phosphorus ( - http://www.blairwatch.co.uk/node/526