Thread: WMD's are great.......
11-10-2004, 10:19 AM #1
WMD's are great.......
As long as WE are the ones using them........
then we wonder why they become terrorists
U.S. Admits Using Napalm Bombs In Iraq: Report
"The U.S. is the only country that has used napalm for a long time. I am not aware of any other country that uses it," Pike
WASHINGTON, August 10 - The United States admitted dropping the internationally-banned incendiary weapon of napalm on Iraq, despite earlier denials by the Pentagon that the "horrible" weapon had not been used in the three-week invasion.
An upgraded type of the weapon, a terrifying mixture of jet fuel and polystyrene that sticks to skin as it burns, was used in March and April 2003, when dozens of napalm bombs were dropped near bridges over the Saddam Canal and the Tigris river, south of Baghdad, the Independent reported Sunday, August 10.
"We napalmed both those [bridge] approaches," the paper quoted Colonel James Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11, as saying.
"Unfortunately there were people there ... you could see them in the [cockpit] video. They were Iraqi soldiers. It's no great way to die," said Alles.
On March 22 a correspondent for Sydney Morning Herald, traveling with U.S. marines reported that napalm was used in an attack on Iraqi troops at Safwan Hill, near the Kuwait border.
His account was based on statements by two U.S. marines officers on the ground.
"Safwan Hill went up in a huge fireball and the observation post was obliterated. I pity anyone who is in there," a Marine sergeant said
The Pentagon insisted at the time the statement was "patently false".
"The U.S. took napalm out of service in the 1970s. We completed the destruction of our last batch of napalm on April 4, 2001, and no longer maintain any stocks of napalm," Lieutenant-Commander Jeff Davis, from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense had said.
'Generals Love Napalm'
But a Pentagon official told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Thursday that U.S. forces used the new type against Iraqi forces in their drive towards Baghdad and defended their use as legal and necessary.
The official, who did not wish to be identified, said that U.S. marines jets dropped the fire bombs at least once to destroy Iraqi positions at Safwan.
"It is like this: you've got [an] enemy that's hard to get at. And it will save your own lives to use it. There were no international conventions against it, the official said.
Marines used the bombs on at least two other occasions during the drive toBaghdad, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported this week.
"The generals love napalm, … it has a big psychological effect," the paper quoted Alles as saying.
Marine Corps Maj-Gen Jim Amos confirmed to the paper that napalm was used on several occasions in the invasion.
A 1980 U.N. convention banned the use against civilian targets of napalm. The U.S., which did not sign the treaty, is one of the few countries that makes use of the weapon, as it was employed notoriously against both civilian and military targets in the Vietnam war, according to the Independent.
The revelation that napalm was used in the invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon denied it, has outraged opponents of the war.
"Most of the world understands that napalm and incendiaries are a horrible, horrible weapon," Robert Musil, director of the organization Physicians for Social Responsibility, told the British paper.
"It takes up an awful lot of medical resources. It creates horrible wounds." Musil said denial of its use "fits a pattern of deception [by the U.S. administration]".
It Is Still Napalm
The Pentagon said it had not tried to deceive. It drew a distinction between traditional napalm, first invented in 1942, and the weapons dropped in Iraq, which it calls Mark 77 firebombs. They weigh 510lbs, and consist of 44lbs of polystyrene-like gel and 63 gallons of jet fuel.
John Pike, director of the military studies group GlobalSecurity.Org, said: "You can call it something other than napalm but it is still napalm. It has been reformulated in the sense that they now use a different petroleum distillate, but that is it. The U.S. is the only country that has used napalm for a long time. I am not aware of any other country that uses it."
Musil said the Pentagon's effort to draw a distinction between the weapons was outrageous.
"It's Orwellian. They do not want the public to know. It's a lie," he said.
After the offensive on Iraq ended, Iraqis began to complain about unexploded cluster bombs that still litter their areas and the U.S. forces failed to take them away.
11-10-2004, 10:24 AM #2Banned
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i would love to hear the excuses people make for these actions.
11-10-2004, 10:25 AM #3Originally Posted by physio_sport
11-10-2004, 10:44 AM #4Originally Posted by Badgerman
They later in the article explain that Napalm was banned by the U.N. for the use “against civilian targets” but don’t explain that, in the only instances that they are noting, Napalm was used only used against Iraqi troops or soldiers.
This seems to be a biased article, where did you get it from Badgerman?
11-10-2004, 11:58 AM #5
probably got it from dan rather
11-10-2004, 12:06 PM #6
I love the smell of napalm in the morning
11-10-2004, 12:10 PM #7
11-11-2004, 01:45 AM #8
Who Would Jesus Bomb?
11-11-2004, 08:19 AM #9
You do what you have to do in combat!
11-11-2004, 11:21 AM #10Originally Posted by rocco78
11-11-2004, 11:26 AM #11
"We napalmed both those [bridge] approaches," said Colonel James Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11. "Unfortunately there were people there ... you could see them in the [cockpit] video. They were Iraqi soldiers. It's no great way to die. The generals love napalm. It has a big psychological effect."
11-11-2004, 12:42 PM #12
I dont care if they use Napalm in war. Whats wrong with Napalm??? What does it matter if we burn them or blow them into a thousand peices??
11-11-2004, 12:47 PM #13
oh btw WWJB........the bad guys you know.......evil people? Opressors?
11-11-2004, 12:47 PM #14Originally Posted by Anhydro78
11-11-2004, 12:50 PM #15
Badgers points are all over the place as long as they are anti establishment anti Amercan he runs with it.
I picture him as an aging hippie with a ponytail sitting in his basement chain smoking pounding away at the keyboard in Berkinstocks.
11-11-2004, 01:58 PM #16Originally Posted by 1victor
You crack me up......I'm mainline American......two kids in college.....one in HS
non-smoker........pay lots of taxes.......have cole-haans on right now at the office.....that I own.......
My points aren't valid???.....I know.......America is immune to criticism.....
11-11-2004, 02:14 PM #17
I think jesus would blow up all the catholic churches..
11-11-2004, 10:15 PM #18Originally Posted by 1victor
Your definition of Christianity never ceases to amaze me. Jesus never had one good thing to say about nation-states or organized religion.
And he didn't "kick ass" in any way. He showed us all the brilliance of pacifism, that you can teach the world so much more with wisdom than with guns. If he had used violence, he would have been David Koresh, not Jesus Christ.
Don't get me wrong, I can tell you are intelligent. I just don't AT ALL get how you reconcile christianity and war... would you advocate the crusades all over again? Jesus was a lot of things, but he was never a warrior except in perspective, and insight.
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11-12-2004, 12:13 AM #19Originally Posted by rocco78
11-12-2004, 01:00 AM #20Originally Posted by 1victor
Couldnt have said it any better.
11-12-2004, 07:30 AM #21
Cry babies all of you libs. There is no other way to put it. Badger your opinion doesn't count because you can't see both sides. Do you even workout? Why are you here?
11-12-2004, 07:47 AM #22
Plus I have to add two kids and college and pay plenty of taxes , like it's a cross to bear. I love it when people throw in the kids in college crap like that qualifys them for something. Office? A one room suite isn't that impressive.
I'm just sick or your crap, constant whining and bashing this country, please leave. You won't be missed I'm sure we can survive without your tax dollars. I may get banned but I don't care. Ever since you showed up here you have served one purpose only. Causing strife. Hence your name, you probably find it funny. Frankly it's getting rather old.
Again do you even work out? Have you ever posted on the AS or fitness or diet forums? You certainly offer no advice as far as I've seen concerning working out. Find another "chat" board.
11-12-2004, 08:21 AM #23Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
I don't think that he read his source carefully, and missed the UN only banning it's use against Civilian Targets and that the only uses, that were in his source, were against Iraqi troops or solders.
I don't think that Napalm is a WMD,
weapon of mass destruction
n : a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)
11-12-2004, 08:24 AM #24
Bigen, for me at this point it goes beyond that . Some people are bashing this country constantly. If they don't like it they should shut up or leave. Opposing view points blah, blah, blah.........it's whining plain and simple. It is tiresome.
11-12-2004, 08:43 AM #25
Bigen is right, Naplam is not a WMD. WMD's are chemical, biological, and nuclear. Lets try to stick to the facts.
11-12-2004, 08:52 AM #26Originally Posted by 1victor
11-12-2004, 10:00 AM #27Originally Posted by dean1233
I am curious, does calling names, help in your debates?
Any one of several species of small arctic rodents of the
genera Myodes and Cuniculus, resembling the meadow mice
in form. They are found in both hemispheres.
11-12-2004, 10:04 AM #28
you obviously don't workout either, why don't you guys start a clubb or something. THIS IS A FITNESS SITE? GET IT? FITNESS? KNOW WHAT THAT IS?
11-12-2004, 10:33 AM #29Originally Posted by 1victor
WTF? lol... it's a political forum! bwahahahah.a
11-12-2004, 12:04 PM #30
Dean you are loser, and making fun of the people who find this site useful. It's a fitness site with a political forum jackass. I wish I could see you, you're probably a disgrace to men all over the world
11-12-2004, 12:07 PM #31
Bump, guys this Dean guy is making fun of us. What's your opinion on Dean?
11-12-2004, 12:30 PM #32Originally Posted by 1victor
11-12-2004, 12:35 PM #33
No Caucasian......... Dean & Badger. You have something they lack common sense and the ability to see more than one side of a point (sometimes) lol
11-12-2004, 02:56 PM #34Originally Posted by 1victor
11-12-2004, 07:33 PM #35Originally Posted by 1victor
11-12-2004, 11:40 PM #36
1Victor is all torqued off because his views commit intellectual suicide......
I LOVE America.......what's America????the citizens.....NOT the elite military-industrial complex........I HATE the Iraq war........yeas Saddam is a bad guy........but so are alot of other bozos in charge........BUT we put the moron in power.......and then act all self-righteous.....all for arms sales.......but VICTOR1 can see no problem with that.......
you remind of the parents of little Johhnny that can do know wrong.
America does wonderful things in the area of humanitarian aid........food and shelter are basic rights which we admirably try to do good.
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