and thanks in large part to bloggers.
It speaks for itself:
IRAQ’S POSSIBLE EMPLOYMENT OF PHOSPHOROUS CHEMICAL WEAPONS — IN LATE FEBRUARY 1991, FOLLOWING THE COALITION FORCES’ OVERWHELMING VICTORY OVER IRAQ, KURDISH REBELS STEPPED UP THEIRSTRUGGLE AGAINST IRAQI FORCES IN NORTHERN IRAQ. DURING THE BRUTAL CRACKDOWN THAT FOLLOWED THE KURDISH UPRISING, IRAQI FORCES LOYAL TO PRESIDENT SADDAM ((HUSSEIN)) MAY HAVE POSSIBLY USED WHITE PHOSPHOROUS (WP) CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST KURDISH REBELS AND THE POPULACE IN ERBIL (GEOCOORD:3412N/04401E) (VICINITY OF IRANIAN BORDER) AND DOHUK (GEOCOORD:3652N/04301E) (VICINITY OF IRAQI BORDER) PROVINCES, IRAQ. THE WP CHEMICAL WAS DELIVERED BY ARTILLERY ROUNDS AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS (NO FURTHER INFORMATION
AT THIS TIME). APPARENTLY, THIS TIME IRAQ DID NOT USE NERVE GAS AS THEY DID IN 1988, IN HALABJA (GEOCOORD:3511N/04559E), IRAQ, BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID OF POSSIBLE RETALIATION FROM THE UNITED STATES (U.S.) LED COALITION. THESE REPORTS OF POSSIBLE WP CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACKS SPREAD QUICKLY AMONG THE KURDISH POPULACE IN ERBIL AND DOHUK.
COMMENTS: 1. (SOURCE COMMENT) – IRAQ USED WP IN ERBIL AND DOHUK BECAUSE THEY WANTED THE KURDS TO PANIC AND FLEE FROM THE AREA.
If it’s good enough for Saddam to use, it’s good enough for the United States as well!
Apparently, one administrations definition of “chemical weapons” is very different from anothers.
Update: I edited the post to more accurately reflect the source… the fact remains the same. This Administration has lost what moral authority it has ever had.
Remember, back in the days after September 11… when the whole world was grieving. Shocked. Stunned. Devastated by the attacks and collapse of the World Trade Centers. It truly was a turning point in my life, and I do not doubt in the lives of many others around the world.
That day seems so incredibly far away now… at least in terms of my sympathy towards this Administration.
Update 2 I just found this, lurking on Google.
You have said you’ve been eye witness of the use of white phosphorus during American bombing in Iraq.
A [Marine Jimmy Massey]:
Yes, we use it in the missile ogives launched by helicopters and in the bullets shot by the artillery.
Let me remind you.. from above “THE WP CHEMICAL WAS DELIVERED BY ARTILLERY ROUNDS AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS”
Edit I’m not thrilled with the title I picked… of course Bush won’t be impeached for this.. he should be, but he won’t.. so perhaps I should have called it “Stick a fork in Iraqis, they’re cooked by Saddam and Bush…” Too harsh? OK… how about “You could stick a fork in it… but the WP burned clean through”… OK.. that’s harsh too.
Lets just call it “Fucking Hypocrit US Administration”. Ya, I like that. Short and to the point.
Some will argue:
In [The Lefts] world, there is no difference between US military and the regime of Saddam Hussein—between humiliation and rape rooms ; between the sanctioned use of WP against entrenched terrorists and the use of nerve agents and WP on Kurdish civilians; between fighting to free a people and fighting to keep them subjugated.
This is the worst kind of justification. This is justification based on “we mean better” rather than.. “we ARE BETTER”.
We’re not talking about legality. We’re not talking about intent. We’re talking about morals… and by using White Phosphorous on Iraqi insurgents… just as Saddam used it on Kurdish rebels in 1991… the US Administration is lowering themselves to Saddam level of morality.
Just as, by sending Canadian Maher Arar to Syria to be tortured they (and potentially Canadas’ CSIS) lower themselves to the level of the Syrian government… just as, by allowing torture at Abu Graib, Gitmo and others to take place without responsibility flowing up the command….
I need to do nothing to engage in “moral relativism”.. this Adminstration has balanced it all out for me.. at the lowest common denominator.