posted on Jan, 14 2010 @ 02:44 PM
Originally posted by Canis Lupus
In some of those images you can see that Israel is using white phosphorous on civilian populations, which is illegal under international humanitarian
law. You can tell it is white phosphorous, because of the tendril shape of the smoke. White phosphorous burns flesh to the bone and causes wide
spread fires, and violates the humanitarian law to prevent any unnecessary damage to civilians. The use of white phosphorous is only permissible as
an "obscurant" to cover troop movements and prevent enemies from using guided weapons. In these pictures it is clear that it is being used in
densely populated areas.
It is clear that Israel has no respect for the lives of the Palestinian people, and they should be condemned.
nope... most of it is smoke being used and the use of willy peet is not illegal...
Israel used White Phosphorus against HAMAS targets in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. This violated no international laws or
White Phosphorus (WP), known as Willy Pete, is used for signaling, screening, and incendiary purposes. White Phosphorus can be used to destroy the
enemy's equipment or to limit his vision. It is used against vehicles, petroleum, oils and lubricants (POL) and ammunition storage areas, and enemy
observers. WP can be used as an aid in target location and navigation. It is usually dispersed by explosive munitions. It can be fired with fuze time
to obtain an airburst. White phosphorus was used most often during World War II in military formulations for smoke screens, marker shells,
incendiaries, hand grenades, smoke markers, colored flares, and tracer bullets.
The Battle of Fallujah was conducted from 8 to 20 November 2004 with the last fire mission on 17 November. The battle was fought by an Army, Marine
and Iraqi force of about 15,000 under the I Marine Expeditionary Force (IMEF). US forces found WP to be useful in the Battle of Fallujah. "WP 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. ... We used improved WP for screening missions when HC smoke would have been more
effective and saved our WP for lethal missions."
White phosphorus is not banned by any treaty to which the United States is a signatory
. Smokes and obscurants comprise a category of materials
that are not used militarily as direct chemical agents. The United States retains its ability to employ incendiaries to hold high-priority military
targets at risk in a manner consistent with the principle of proportionality that governs the use of all weapons under existing law. The use of white
phosphorus or fuel air explosives are not prohibited or restricted by Protocol III of the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention (CCWC), the
Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be Deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have
Indiscriminate Effects, which regulates the use of "any weapon or munition which is primarily designed to set fire to objects or to cause burn injury
to persons . . ."