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Shake 'n Bake: US Used Illegal Chemical Weapons in Fallujah (Confirmed)

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After CD's brief political burlesque interlude, we now return you to our regularly scheduled programming featuring Bush Regime-created horrifying reality.

I found this through a link at dKos. From the North County Times April 10-11, 2004 article by Darrin Mortenson, a reporter embedded with a group of US Marines just outside of Fallujah at the time. This is during an assault on Fallujah previous to the one in November 2004.

Bogert is a mortar team leader who directed his men to fire round after round of high explosives and white phosphorus charges into the city Friday and Saturday, never knowing what the targets were or what damage the resulting explosions caused.

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"Gun up!" Millikin yelled when they finished a few seconds later, grabbing a white phosphorus round from a nearby ammo can and holding it over the tube.

"Fire!" Bogert yelled, as Millikin dropped it.

The boom kicked dust around the pit as they ran through the drill again and again, sending a mixture of burning white phosphorus and high explosives they call "shake 'n' bake" into a cluster of buildings where insurgents have been spotted all week.

They say they have never seen what they've hit, nor did they talk about it as they dusted off their breakfast and continued their hilarious routine of personal insults and name-calling.

Ah, American ingenuity. Lawd have mercy on us all.

As additional evidence, we have this from the March edition of Field Artillery Magazine in an article [PDF] entitled "The Fight for Fallujah". Via dKos.

"WP [i.e., white phosphorus rounds] 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 Rounds (?) - Shystee]. We fired 'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them out."

So now we have confirmation by an eyewitness embedded reporter and a US military source published in a US military publication that WP was used as a weapon. This is very important because White Phosphorous is a dual-use munition. WP can be used legitimately and non-lethally as a way to light up the battlefield when it is shot up into the sky or, in low concentrations, as a smokescreen. But if WP is used as an anti-personnel weapon, it becomes an illegal, prohibited Chemical Weapon. From another dKos post:

Wikipedia says the following about the Chemical Warfare, the Chemical Weapons Convention (ratified by the US in 1997) and its General Purpose Criterion:

Chemical warfare is different from the use of conventional weapons or nuclear weapons because the destructive effects of chemical weapons are not primarily due to any explosive force. […]
Under this [Chemical Weapons] Convention, any toxic chemical, regardless of its origin, is considered as a chemical weapon unless it is used for purposes that are not prohibited (an important legal definition, known as the General Purpose Criterion)."

Thus, WP is a chemical weapon if it is used illegally. It does not matter if it is also an incendiary. The CWC classification of dual use chemicals depends not only on their properties, but also on their use. Any illegal use of WP as a weapon renders it a chemical weapon under the CWC.

So there you have it. Confirmation that the US military used Chemical Weapons in Fallujah in breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Somebody call the Hague. Let's get these monsters fitted for orange jumpsuits ASAP before they commit more crimes against humanity in our name and with our tax dollars.

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