Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Being Left Doesn't Have to Mean Being Stupid

There's been a considerable amount of discussion online in the last week over reports that US forces are using white phosphorus ordnance in Iraq, with some lefties claiming that this constitutes use of "chemical weapons." White phosphorus is not a chemical weapon; it is a common incendiary and also used to produce smokescreens. But some lefties, hostile to all things military, continue to say the stupidest possible things about these reports. Example, George Monbiot in the Guardian:

Did US troops use chemical weapons in Falluja? The answer is yes. The proof is not to be found in the documentary broadcast on Italian TV last week, which has generated gigabytes of hype on the internet. It's a turkey, whose evidence that white phosphorus was fired at Iraqi troops is flimsy and circumstantial. But the bloggers debating it found the smoking gun.

The first account they unearthed in a magazine published by the US army. In the March 2005 edition of Field Artillery, officers from the 2nd Infantry's fire support element boast about their role in the attack on Falluja in November last year: "White Phosphorous. WP proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes when we could not get effects on them with HE [high explosive]. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."

Apparently American soldiers were supposed to throw rose petals at the cowardly bastards who murder them with IEDs and hide amongst their own civilians. Monbiot continues:

White phosphorus is not listed in the schedules of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It can be legally used as a flare to illuminate the battlefield, or to produce smoke to hide troop movements from the enemy. Like other unlisted substances, it may be deployed for "Military purposes... not dependent on the use of the toxic properties of chemicals as a method of warfare". But it becomes a chemical weapon as soon as it is used directly against people. A chemical weapon can be "any chemical which through its chemical action on life processes can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm".

Well, George, I hate to interrupt your little party, but using your definition, TNT is a "chemical weapon." It's a compound that, guess what, can be made to explode rather violently thanks to its "chemical action" and yes, it "can cause death, temporary incapacitation, or permanent harm."

It's a war, shithead. People die in a war. And I refuse to let our soldiers be castrated by what Orwell, no mean leftist himself, referred to as the "boiled rabbits of the left."

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