Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM PT: According to the latest information, the munitions thought to be examples of white phosphorus use by the Assad regime in Syria is most likely not white phosphorus but another incendiary cluster bomb submunitions.
Of course these technical details have little meaning when you are being burnt alive.
This article, published today, is very informative:
Differential Identification of White Phosphorus and
ZAB submunitions in Syria
Posted on December 13, 2012 by N.R. Jenzen-Jones
There have been a number of claims, both from the ground in Syria and from media abroad, that Syrian government forces have been using white phosphorus (WP) munitions to target rebel positions or civilian populations. Unfortunately, these reports appear to be confusing the appearance of ZAB series cluster bomb submunitions (likely ZAB-2.5 submunitions) with that of certain WP munitions. To date, I have seen no evidence of WP use by either side in the Syrian conflict.
In the past week there has been a lot of talk about the threat that Bashar al-Assad would unleash chemical weapons on the people trying to overthrow him. While this goes on, the Assad regime continues is murderous policy of punishing dissident communities with massive destruction, and he has been using just about everything in his arsenal but chemical weapons to do it.
As I have already related in my diaries, he has been using a new weapon, incendiary cluster bombs loaded with napalm, and now activists are saying that he is dropping white phosphorus on his opposition.
Below the fold I will show you what white phosphorus does to humans. - WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC!
These pictures are from the United States uses of white phosphorus on the people of Falluja, Iraq in 2004. Using white phosphorus on people this way is a war crime but Bashar al-Assad is not the first president to commit this war crime.
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