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Bush and Blair: chemical allies

Issue No. 1976

US forces used chemical weapons indiscriminately against civilians when they besieged the Iraqi city of Fallujah one year ago this week.

An Italian television documentary released on Tuesday of this week interviewed US troops describing how they were ordered to drop white phosphorus on the city.

Phosphorus burns the human body on contact, melting skin right down to the bone. The programme also provides evidence of MK77, a new form of napalm, being used in Iraq.

The use of such chemical weapons is banned under a United Nations treaty signed by the US in 1996. George Bush and Tony Blair justified their invasion of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on civilians. He is now on trial for his life over such charges.

The documentary, made by Italy’s RAI state broadcasting network, also interviews US troops detailing how they were ordered to shoot at ten year old children in Fallujah.

Bush and Blair continue to be caught out by the lies they spun to justify the war. The international peace movement needs to bring both to justice.


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Sat 12 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1976
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