Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Our Chemical Romance

From The Independent:

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

On 10 November last year, the Islam Online website wrote: "US troops are reportedly using chemical weapons and poisonous gas in its large-scale offensive on the Iraqi resistance bastion of Fallujah, a grim reminder of Saddam Hussein's alleged gassing of the Kurds in 1988."

But now new information has surfaced, including hideous photographs and videos and interviews with American soldiers who took part in the Fallujah attack, which provides graphic proof that phosphorus shells were widely deployed in the city as a weapon.

For the rationally skeptical amongst you (myself included), here's the VIDEO.

Claiming moral authority in the use of these weapons is dangerous territory, especially when we've harmed civilians in the process. At what point do our actions and the actions of a dictator cease to become distinctive? Does our core excuse for it lay in the belief that our country is acting in the best interests of the citizenry? If so, what is the rationale behind harming those same civilians with the same sorts of weapondry used against them by their oppressive dictator?

I have no answer for those questions. But they are, in my humble opinion, worth consideration and considerable thought.

(courtesy of dailykos)


At 5:19 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

I am beginning to get the feeling that every time you post something, I interject. My assumption is that after a while, that sort of thing can become a little suffocating. Needless to say, and perhaps not surprisingly, I have much to add on this subject. But I will only post if you want me to. I don't want to start behaving like an annoying ex-girlfriend that has to get in the last word.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Post all you want, Mr. Freet. This is an open forum for your thoughts as much as for mine.

Though I'll say at the outset that my post isn't meant to castigate the US for taking action; rather, to question -philosophically- what is "right" and "wrong" in time of war, and what makes one country "moral" and another "unjust." Given our emphasis on the dangers and the immorality of chemical weapons, what does it say to the world when we use them without announcement or seeming sense of the ironic?


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