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  •  Incendiary weapons are not CW (7+ / 0-)

    See here.

    Syria has also used incendiaries against civilians (see above link).

    Their (incendiaries') use against civilians is illegal under the third optional protocol to the Convention on Certain Chemical Weapons (CCW). The US is a signatory to that protocol. But incendiaries like white phosphorous are not chemical weapons.

    And the 2010 Independent article from which you take your second block quote posits uranium (presumably from depleted uranium shells), not incendiaries or chemical weapons, as the cause of the increased cancer rates.

    So your diary doesn't support the title or the implication that the US used chemical weapons in Fallujah. You might want to correct it.

    •  Tarheel dem beat me to it (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Well, so glad that we can split that hair. (1+ / 0-)
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      It cleans our hands nicely and makes it possible for us to thunder at other people who commit atrocities.

      The party of Kennedy is also the party of Eastland. The party of Javits is also the party of Goldwater. Where is our party? Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 02:11:12 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, you might want to read (4+ / 0-)
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      MB's commentfound here.

      partial quote from his comment:

      "If on the other hand the toxic properties of white phosphorus, the caustic properties, are specifically intended to be used as a weapon, that of course is prohibited, because the way the Convention is structured or the way it is in fact applied, any chemicals used against humans or animals that cause harm or death through the toxic properties of the chemical are considered chemical weapons."

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 04:16:22 PM PDT

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