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November 10th, 2005
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Melting the skin off of children (graphic) (yes, this is the U.S. military. Maybe we forgot to sign the We-will-not-melt-the-skin-off-children part of the Geneva Convention)

White House attempts to alter press conference transcript

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From:mjwise
Date:November 10th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
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The US is signatories to Protocols I and II of theConvention on Certain Conventional Weapons, which don't appear to apply, and it's not a Chemical Weapon either. Th

Plus the original report does not seem extraordinarily well-sourced to me, relying on a few residents (incendiary experts?) and an unnamed "ex-soldier" (as if there weren't 5 governments at least in Europe who would protect a US soldier speaking against the US government). Frankly, if there really was indiscriminate WP usage (at least to the point claimed), I think there would have been more gore to splash across the screen. And to be even more frank, I don't believe anything Giuliana Sgrena has to say.
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From:novapsyche
Date:November 10th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
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DailyKos has this diary, which states that "WP [white phosphorus] is a chemical weapon if it is used illegally. It does not matter if it is also an incendiary. The CWC [Chemical Weapons Convention] classification of dual use chemicals depends not only on their properties, but also on their use. Any illegal use of WP as a weapon renders it a chemical weapon under the CWC."
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From:skylarker
Date:November 10th, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
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OMFG. There are times when I am horrified to be living in the same world with the people who do these things.
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