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Tommy M
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posted 27 March 2003 04:00 PM      Profile for Tommy M     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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There is a lookout there, a hill referred to as Safwan Hill, on the Iraqi side of the border. It was filled with Iraqi intelligence gathering. From that vantage point, they could look out over all of northern Kuwait.

It is now estimated the hill was hit so badly by missiles, artillery and by the Air Force, that they shaved a couple of feet off it. And anything that was up there that was left after all the explosions was then hit with napalm. And that pretty much put an end to any Iraqi operations up on that hill.


CNN

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Marine Cobra helicopter gunships firing Hellfire missiles swept in low from the south. Then the marine howitzers, with a range of 30 kilometres, opened a sustained barrage over the next eight hours. They were supported by US Navy aircraft which dropped 40,000 pounds of explosives and napalm, a US officer told the Herald. But a navy spokesman in Washington, Lieutenant Commander Danny Hernandez, denied that napalm - which was banned by a United Nations convention in 1980 - was used.

'Dead bodies are everywhere'

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ronb
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posted 27 March 2003 04:05 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Napalm. How nice for them. They get to live out their Apocalypse Now fantasies.
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pogge
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posted 27 March 2003 04:10 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just spotted this story on one of the blogs. This link gives a little background.
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pogge
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posted 27 March 2003 04:12 PM      Profile for pogge   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From the second of DeadEye's links:

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A legal expert at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva said the use of napalm or fuel air bombs was not illegal "per se" because the US was not a signatory to the 1980 weapons convention which prohibits and restricts certain weapons. "But the US has to apply the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and take all precautions to protect civilians. In the case of napalm and fuel air bombs, these are special precautions because these are area weapons, not specific weapons," said Dominique Loye, the committee's adviser on weapons and IHL.

My emphasis. So technically I guess napalm isn't a banned weapon for the US military. Seems ironic somehow.


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WingNut
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posted 27 March 2003 04:17 PM      Profile for WingNut   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Speaking of international law, apparently the US, all upset about POW's held by Iraq, has refused to divulge to the Red Cross where they are holding Iraqi POW's.

Also, a reporter with the Christian Science Monitor has disappeareed. After a run-in with the US military.


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Doug
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posted 27 March 2003 04:29 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Funny that. They can burn you with gasoline jelly or they can burn you with mustard gas. One is considered acceptable, the other is quite illegal.
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Youngfox
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posted 27 March 2003 04:39 PM      Profile for Youngfox   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Despite all of the conventions, laws and human decency these invaders will resort to ANY means to attain victory, ("the outcome of this war is never in doubt") even if it includes disappearing reporters or targeting the satellite truck up links of independent media. There have been allusions toward the threat of this tactic floated by the "coalition leaders". (Searching for link - might have deleted it). Rules and conventions only apply when the firm grip of thought control loosens or the invaded employ desperate measures. Of course these atrocities are all committed by that Iraqi shadow regiment dressed as American soldiers, silly. There are no "good guys" in this war just greedy, murderous and power mad tyrants on both sides. Just as subhuman Rummy has said, "this is a war unlike any seen before." He is correct. The fog of war is sprayed with the bile of hypocrisy. Rummy tells us "Don't trust the media",after every story which paints the invasion force in a less than angelic light. God help us all.

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