US Kills Mosul Civilians w/ White Phosphorus Chemical Weapons (Should Trump Bomb a US Airbase?)

US Uses White Phosphorous on Civilians in Mosul Iraq

“On Tuesday, Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians […] It was a slow & brutal death for so many… No child of God should ever suffer such horror. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched”
-Donald Trump
April 7th, 2017, after ordering an airstrike in revenge for an alleged chemical-weapons attack on civilians

On June 13th, Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan, admitted in an interview with NPR that US-led coalition forces used white phosphorus munitions in the densely-populated Iraqi city of Mosul during their offensive against ISIS. Of course, the United States has been caught using illegal weapons like this before — in 2005, for example, the Pentagon ( after lying about it for a year ) confirmed US forces had used white phosphorous in Fallujah. At the time, Peter Kaiser — spokesperson for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which the US agreed to — told the BBC that chemical weapons were defined as any chemical whose toxic or caustic properties are used to harm or kill human beings. White phosphorus — which ignites in the presence of oxygen & burns on contact — can cause multi-organ failure when it enters the bloodstream and, because it is highly soluble in human fat, tends to burn a person’s flesh “thermally and chemically, down to the bone.” Breathing in smoke near a white phosphorus shell, as one US soldier describes, blisters the throat & lungs, suffocating a person as it continues “to burn them from the inside.”

Whether or not that matches the CWC spokesperson’s description of “toxic or caustic properties used to harm or kill human beings,the reader may decide…

White Phosphorus:
Definitely Not a “Chemical Weapon”

In the past, the United States dodged CWC rules making it a war crime to use white phosphorus as a weapon by claiming the chemical was simply being used as a “smokescreen” for troop movements. Or that, at least, is the official US alibi for manufacturing, using, & selling these weapons to Saudi Arabia, Israel, & other human-rights champions. Iraqi, Afghani, Yemeni, & Palestinian civilians, of course, would disagree with this description of how US weapons are used — but what would they know about it?

Will Trump Order an Airstrike on the US
For Using Chemical Weapons on Civilians?

( Or Does That Rule Only Apply to Muslim or Darker-Skinned Folks? )

US soldiers with white phosphorus munitions
US soldiers with white phosphorus munitions

In April, Donald Trump struck a Syrian airfield with 59 tomahawk missiles in what the US says was revenge for civilians allegedly killed by Assad using chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun — just 599km from the Mosul neighborhoods targeted by US white phosphorus munitions. Unlike the accusation that Assad used sarin gas on civilians despite the fact it was a huge & pointless risk to take while he was already winning, it is certain that US-led coalition forces used white phosphorus munitions in Mosul neighborhoods, knowing it would kill non-combatants. Not only was the US the only group in the area who possessed these munitions but there is photographic & video evidence that white phosphorous was used on densely-populated residential areas. And a coalition general admitted it to the press.

Which means that there is only one thing that the US can do — retaliate by striking a US airfield with 59 Raytheon Tomahawk™ cruise-missiles. What choice do we have? As Trump himself said —

“It is in the vital national-security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons and violated its obligations† under the Chemical Weapons Convention
-Donald Trump

US white phospherus in Raqqa
White phosphorus pictured above was reportedly used by US forces in Raqqa, Syria, leaving 45 civilians dead. Respectfully stolen from @maythem956’s twitter page (thanks or sorry or whatever)

There can be no dispute that a number of civilians were killed by the US which illegally used white phosphorus munitions in residential areas of the city of Mosul — exactly as anyone would expect when shelling a residential area with white phosphorus. The US violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and, just as Assad was punished by missiles in April, so justice demands that the US must face the consequences of its actions —

But we all know that will not be happening. Whether it’s the so-called “justice” system on the inside of the US or the effects of American foreign-policy outside of it, taking responsibility for actions is what broke folks, brown folks, & Muslims have to do — not politicians or generals. Consequences are for the poor, not weapons manufacturers.

The most damning thing about all of this is the fact that nobody — even for a moment — expects the US to pay any kind of price for intentionally using chemical weapons in a densely populated neighborhood in Northern Iraq. That is how arrogant the policy-makers in the US have become. But — even if their approval ratings do not fall an inch this month because of it — the actions & inaction of these cowardly politicians cannot stay concealed forever.

And the generations-to-come will know them as the murderers that they are & curse their names — but the martyrs they make of the blameless will be remembered.

In solidarity,
John Laurits

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Note: With regards to Trump’s claim that no one can dispute the fact that Syria violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, it is worth noting that Syria is actually 1 of only 4 nations out of the 192 that signed the CWC which hasn’t ratified it. That being the case, it is actually very easy to dispute that “fact.” (Though Bashar Assad actually did send a letter to the UN Secretary General saying he signed a legislative decree that Syria was joining the CWC. The letter said Syria would observe its obligations immediately, instead of the 30 days from the date of signing, as the treaty calls for.) Lastly, of course, nothing at all would excuse Assad (or anyone else) if it were proven that he really did use chemical weapons on civilians (which no one has).

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carolfollett
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This horrible continuance of war just goes to show, for all of the howling of the press, little has really changed with the new clown in town. Their stocks continue to rise with the temperature of the planet…..

Leon Stephens
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They tried to blame Assad in 2013 and it didn’t work: the Obama gang was aiming (I suppose) for a major intervention and so they tried to make their kangaroo judgment look like an honest deliberation with evidence and grave pronouncements – but that takes time, and as the map of future carnage was being unfolded, Russia (Lavrov) foiled the ploy. This time plump Trump wasted no time, shed his crocodile tears and pressed the button. As for the white phosphorous, the question is whether anyone outside the left field of the internet will actually denounce the incredible criminal hypocrisy of the Empire. You’re right, the US won’t… Read more »
HearNoEvil
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So sad to see arrogant people think that Assad would gas his own people and not spare a though to all neighbouring proxies that are fanning the flames.

All this era has shown is how unreliable western media is, as their shares plummet and they’re scrambling how to make an extra buck.

Putting incorrect news in the front page to keep their sponsors happy, deleting Syrian bloggers posts (when its not inline with US foreign policies) and taking reports from rebel head choppers and treating it as gods word.

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