The Russians have accused the USA of using white phosphorous bombs in Syria. The Americans have responded by denying that they were used.
At this point, the only information seems to be coming from Russian sources. There has been little information available in Arabic so far from “the ground” to verify further claims, which will become clearer as the story develops.
Regardless, one must consider the nature of the accusations taking place here.
White phosphorous bombs are banned by the Geneva Convention because of its napalm-like effects on those it hurts, burning people to their bones:
It causes skin to melt away from the bone and can break down a victim’s jawbone, but white phosphorus – known in Vietnam as Willie Pete – is still used by sections of the world’s military.
Similar to Napalm, the chemical substance is used in shells and grenades, igniting spontaneously at around 30C to produce an intense heat and thick pillars of smoke.
Weapons experts warn that when used as an incendiary, it can result in painful chemical burns – injuries which can often prove fatal.
Further problems are caused because the substance can stick to clothing or on the skin and continues to burn unchecked as particles are exposed to air.
Witness accounts of combat in Fallujah, where a significant civilian population were living, claim the injured affected by phosphorus suffered horrendous burns.
It is feared there was widespread use of the weapon, not just to target insurgent positions but in raids on houses and buildings.
Experts at US military information service GlobalSecurity.org claim skin injuries caused by the substance are often “deep and painful”.
“The burns usually are multiple, deep, and variable in size. The solid in the eye produces severe injury. The particles continue to burn unless deprived of atmospheric oxygen,” it states in notes on the weapon.
“These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears. If service members are hit by pieces of white phosphorus, it could burn right down to the bone.” (source)
It reminds one of Kim Phuc, the girl in the infamous Vietnam photo whose village was attacked with napalm and she and her villagers were running away screaming while their clothes were on fire:
And let’s not forget, the “Syrian Rebels” that the USA is helping are ISIS. The very terrorist group that the US claims she is fighting was created by her and her allies for political reasons. The evidence has been known and shown for years to be so, for it is a proven fact that the US supported Islamization efforts in the Soviet Union only to opposed it later, and all of it being done for political reasons.
For all of the criticism that can be said about Asad, he is fighting terrorists and he is supported by the Christians and many Muslims for this reason.
Who is telling the truth? The evidence on the ground will show the proof in time.
However, it does not help the people, who are caught in a game of geopolitics and are being used as pawns before the entire world, and a game which began as a program of destablization as a part of Operation Gladio.
Blood for profit, and death for power and so few care to look at who is doing this and for what reasons.
2003 is repeating again, only this time it is worse.
This is where we are in 2018, and yet there are still those who wonder why the world is getting closer and closer to a major war.