(From the diaries. Let's see them deny this shit now -- kos)
That's right. Not from Al Jazheera, or Al Arabiya, but the US fucking
Army, in their very own publication, from the (WARNING: pdf file) March
edition of Field Artillery Magazine in an article entitled "The
Fight for Fallujah":
"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. We fired
'shake and bake' missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and
HE to take them out."
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In other words the claim by the US Government that White Phosphorus was used
only for illumination at Fallujah had been pre-emptively debunked by the
Army. Indeed, the article goes on to make clear that soldiers would have liked
to have saved more WP rounds to use for "lethal missions."
However, as Mark Kraft, an emailer to Eric Alterman's blog, Altercation,
points out today, the Field Artillery Magazine article fails to inform its audience
. . . there is no way you can use white phosphorus like that without
forming a deadly chemical cloud that kills everything within a tenth of a
mile in all directions from where it hits. Obviously, the effect
of such deadly clouds weren't just psychological in nature.
Furthermore, (from a
link provided by Mr. Kraft, thank you very much) testimony about the use
of these "shake and bake" techniques of WP usage are detailed in an
account by an embedded Journalist regarding the April 2004 attacks on Fallujah
by the Marines:
Fighting from a distance
After pounding parts of the city for days, many Marines say the recent combat
escalated into more than they had planned for, but not more than they could
"It's a war," said Cpl. Nicholas Bogert, 22, of Morris, N.Y.
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.
"We had all this SASO (security and stabilization operations) training
back home," he said. "And then this turns into a real goddamned
Just as his team started to eat a breakfast of packaged rations Saturday,
Bogert got a fire mission over the radio.
"Stand by!" he yelled, sending Lance Cpls. Jonathan Alexander and
Jonathan Millikin scrambling to their feet.
Shake 'n' bake
Joking and rousting each other like boys just seconds before, the men were
instantly all business. With fellow Marines between them and their targets,
a lot was at stake.
Bogert received coordinates of the target, plotted them on a map and called
out the settings for the gun they call "Sarah Lee."
Millikin, 21, from Reno, Nev., and Alexander, 23, from Wetumpka, Ala., quickly
made the adjustments. They are good at what they do.
"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.
So who you gonna believe? The US Department of Defense or the US Army
and the US Marine Corps? Decisions, decisions . . .