Friday, November 18, 2005

Combatants and civilians

"One of Saddam's more zealous fans compares Falluja to Halabja in Al Quds Al Arabi. Abdul Bari Atwan says the use of white phosphorus by U.S. forces during their campaign against the insurgents in Falluja was just like the use of poison gas by Saddam against the residents of the Kurdish town in 1988.

It's hard to say that it's acceptable to use chemicals against human beings. But, if we might recall, the civilians were told to leave Falluja and warned about the coming violence. Also, there are reports that say that the phosphorus was used against enemy combatants and not deliberately against civilians."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is plenty of evidence that civilians were in fact PREVENTED from leaving Fallujah...therefore the "they were told to leave" argument hardly holds up...also "enemy combatants" are people too and it is illegal to use chemical weapons against ANYONE not just against civilians...

10:09 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

There is plenty of evidence that the civilians were given weeks and weeks of notice, and only prevented from leaving once the city had been surrounded and the offensive started. And there is no evidence whatsoever that chemical weapons were used against anyone.

12:04 PM  
Blogger strykerdad said...

One of my favorite quotes (and I wish I could remember the name and organization this person represented)--'Any use of chemicals to harm human beings is banned by international law'. Not sure what that leaves us to work with.

Madtom, of course, is exactly right. The citizens had many days of warnings and many remained to provide cover to the insurgents. I reserve my disgust for the insurgents and the parents of the killed children who used them in such a despicable way. Those who use the pictures of their bodies as anti-war props are only marginally better.

8:57 PM  

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