Monday, June 20, 2005

Bombs Away, Boys

It's funny how we keep noticing things a year or two after the fact. Doesn't that just scream to you that we didn't take the time to notice to begin with? That, in fact, we practically ran at top speed to go to war, instead of doing it as a terrible last resort? In fact, we went to war so fast we started it before receiving Congressional authorization. Yeah, that's slow and deliberate and all 'last-resort'-ish. A year or two later, someone has noticed that the US dropped napalm on Iraqis in March and April 2003 on the road to Baghdad.

US lied to Britain over use of napalm in Iraq war

Officials confirm dropping firebombs on Iraqi troops

"We napalmed both those (bridge) approaches," said Col. James Alles in a recent interview. He commanded Marine Air Group 11, based at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, during the war. "Unfortunately, there were people there because you could see them in the (cockpit) video.

Technically, they're 'firebombs', "incendiary devices with a function "remarkably similar" to napalm weapons."

Rather than using gasoline and benzene as the fuel, the firebombs use kerosene-based jet fuel, which has a smaller concentration of benzene.

So, you're still getting lit on fire. And, I suspect, to the people and things burning, that's really all that matters.

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