quarta-feira, novembro 09, 2005
Afinal as armas proibidas...
A televisão estatal italiana informa o que mais adiante se lê. Aqueles que há dois anos proclamaram a certeza da existência das WMD estavam cobertos de razão: Os habitantes de Falluja foram regados com bombas de fósforo branco.
Não sei é se lhes chegaram a dizer, na altura, que parece ter sido por erro de cálculo.
Se não os informaram na altura, fica agora dito.
US 'used' chemical weapon in Falluja
Tuesday 08 November 2005, 21:57 Makka Time, 18:57 GMT
There have been allegations the US used outlawed weapons
Italian state television has aired a documentary alleging that the US used white phosphorous shells "in a massive and indiscriminate way" against civilians during the November 2004 offensive in Falluja.
The report on Tuesday said the shells were not used to illuminate enemy fighters at night, as the US government has said, but against civilians, and that it burned their flesh had "to the bone".
The documentary by RaiNews24, the all-news channel of RAI state television, quoted ex-marine Jeff Englehart as saying he saw the bodies of burnt children and women after the bombardments.
"Burned bodies. Burned children and burned women. White phosphorous kills indiscriminately. It is a cloud that, within ... 150m of impact, will disperse and will burn every human being or animal."
There have been several allegations that the US used outlawed weapons, such as napalm, in the Falluja offensive. On 9 November 2004, the Pentagon denied that any chemical weapons, including napalm, were used in the offensive.
Reporter Abd al-Adhim Muhammad, an Aljazeera reporter in Baghdad who covered Falluja battles until the closure of Aljazeera offices in Iraq in September 2004, said there was a lot of talk inside Iraq about the use of non-conventional weapons by the US army in Iraq.
"The amount of people who used to confirm to us that the US army had been using non-conventional weapons against Falluja city was enormous, but it was impossible to confirm," he said.
Fallujans deserted their city in the November 2004 offensive "The city was sealed off and families left; so basically only the resisting fighters were inside the city. They were mostly denied admission into hospitals, so we could not verify the information from the medical fraternity, but yes everybody was saying that burnt bodies were scattered on Falluja's streets."
On its website, the US government has said it used phosphorous shells "very sparingly in Falluja, for illumination purposes". It noted that phosphorous shells were not outlawed.
"They were fired into the air to illuminate enemy positions at night, not at enemy fighters," the government statement said. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman on Tuesday said white phosphorus was a conventional weapon. He said he did not know if the US army used it in Falluja in 2004.
Aljazeera + Agencies