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Friday, November 18, 2005

Pakistan Daily News: "Democracy Through Napalm"

What the many reports coming out on this issue miss is that the original wording of the international convention banning these weapons says they should not be used against "people," not just "civilians." Unless you buy into the fallacious argument of the Bush administration that the Iraq insurgents are somehow less than human, this means that the use of these weapons is outlawed pure and simple.
EDITORIAL: Democracy through napalm

All governments resort to dissembling in varying degrees. However, there is a difference between dissembling and petty lying. The governments in the United States and the United Kingdom seem to be trying to elevate petty lying to an art form. Take the case of the news reported by Italian state TV channel RAI that US troops used white phosphorous bombs against insurgents and civilians in Fallujah in November last year. ...

Even if we accept that US troops did not use these munitions against civilian targets, though it is difficult to see how they could have deployed them so accurately against insurgents holed up in the city, we still have to contend with the fact that the US government lied blatantly when it denied it had such munitions. ... See more

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