In the Vietnam War, napalm bombs were dropped with such horrifying results that it has been internationally banned and outlawed. The Geneva-Conventions forbids its use. As usual, leave it to the US military to continue to use a forbidden weapon in an illegal war – they dropped napalm bombs in Iraq.
Not only that, the Americans lied to their British ally about its use in Iraq. Based on the deceit of its transatlantic cousin, the British had consistently denied, and thus unwittingly lied about, the use in Iraq of this horrible incendiary weapon.
The US is attempting to weasel its way out of an illegality and a war crime by terming the napalm as a fire-bomb, which in fact is an advanced and perfected version of the Napalm-bomb used in Vietnam. The US Military and armament-industry still uses the same technical designation for it - MK 77, the same as the napalm bomb used in Vietnam, and banned by the Geneva Convention.
That’s the duplicity, deceit and war crimes of the US military.
Political Affairs, an online news wrote:
In November 2004 US forces launched a massive attack on the city of Fallujah. Much of the city was destroyed and tens of thousands of residents fled as refugees. Rumours have emerged of burnt and melted bodies in the city, consistent with the use of napalm or the equally controversial weapon white phosphorus (also known as ‘Willy Pete’).
Residents who survived the attack reported seeing incendiary bombs used in the city. Abu Sabah, who lived in the Julan district of Fallujah which witnessed some of the heaviest attacks, said:
“They used these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud… then small pieces fall from the air with long tails of smoke behind them.” He said that pieces of these strange bombs explode into large fires that burn the skin even when water is thrown on the burns."
“Usually we keep the gloves on,” said Army Capt. Erik Krivda, of Gaithersburg, Md., the senior officer in charge of the 1st Infantry Division’s Task Force 2-2 tactical operations command center. “For this operation [ meaning Fallujah], we took the gloves off.”
Some artillery guns fired white phosphorous rounds that create a screen of fire that cannot be extinguished with water. Insurgents reported being attacked with a substance that melted their skin, a reaction consistent with white phosphorous burns. Kamal Hadeethi, a physician at a regional hospital, said, “The corpses of the mujahedeen which we received were burned, and some corpses were melted.”
In February this year Iraqi Health Ministry official Dr. Khalid ash-Shaykhli reportedly alleged that napalm, along with other banned substances, had been used in Fallujah. He had been commissioned by the Ministry to assess conditions in the city after the assault. The US strenuously denies that any MK-77 bombs were used in the Fallujah assault.
So the "US strenuously denies that any MK-77 bombs were used in the Fallujah assault", did they? Well, we sure know who's been lying through their rotten criminal teeth!
By its arrogant rejection of international conventions, laws and rules, the USA has shown itself to be an international criminal. Nelson Mandala has been right in stating the USA, under George W Bush, is the most dangerous nation in today's world.