The Ten Month Beat

An account of the ten months at the graduate school of journalism for the class of 2006.


Chemical weps in Falluja?

Our Italian friend's response to a previous post:

RaiNews24's doc was on-air a week ago. Here is the link to the english version. It is not balanced (no government voices) but it is accurate and impressive. The footage is scary and disgusting. Many newspapers and tv stations all over Europe are talking about it, and today Lt Col Barry Venablea, a Pentagon spokesman, told the BBC that white posphorus "was used as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants." The government earlier denied it had been used in Falluja at all. But remember that Washington is not a signatory of an international treaty restricting the use of white phosphorus devices in war. So, for the US it is not a chemical weapon. Enjoy.



  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger Scribbledehobble said…

    Yeah, the US government's not denying using the stuff - just that it's illegal. From yesterday's Independent"

    However, Peter Kaiser, a spokesman for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which enforces the convention, said the convention permitted the use of such weapons for "military purposes not connected with the use of chemical weapons and not dependent on the use of the toxic properties of chemicals as a method of warfare". He said the burns caused by WP were thermic rather than chemical and as such not prohibited by the treaty.

    The RAI film said civilians were also victims of the use of WP and reported claims by a campaigner from Fallujah, Mohamad Tareq, that many victims had large burns. The report claimed that the clothes on some victims appeared to be intact even though their bodies were badly burned.

    When did we become 1980s South Africa?


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