Torture in secret prison camps and the use of chemical weapons against civilians. Only the crimes of Saddam Hussein? Try the United States of America
The Independent is reporting today that it has uncovered evidence that the U.S. military bombed civilians in the Iraqi city of Fallujah last year with the flesh-burning chemical weapon, white phosphorus.
Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.
A week after the Bush administration fought back renewed charges that the reasons for war were created under false pretenses, the torturing of prisoners and the shocking use of chemical weapons by the United States has created another black eye for this country.
If the use of chemical weapons against the al-qaeda stronghold of Fallujah is found true, it will be the most heinous and morally reprehensible act in American history.
Given that hyperbole, why has every major media outlet chosen to ignore this report. Just like Abu Ghraib scandal the American media was silent until 60 Minutes had the guts to report a story that Salon.com had reported a full three months earlier. Is this likely to happen again?
If the world hated us yesterday, they loathe us today. The use of chemical weapons was the basis of the barbarism of Saddam by the Clinton and both Bush administrations. How was the use of gassing Iraqis justified in light of this cozy reason to attack Saddam?
Last Thursday, the Washington Post reported the existence of "black sites" in Eastern Europe that tortured terrorist prisoners. The use and knowledge of these prisons was believed to be known be few in our government or the host countries.
There comes a point in time where this becomes more than Democrats and Republicans and more about fighting a sinister evil inherent in our government. This government leaks covert CIA agents therefore endangering her life and others undercover. Led by Vice President Dick Cheney, it wildly supports the use of torture against terror suspects and today we now have knowledge of a hypocritical predilection towards using weapons of mass destruction.
How much more damage can our international reputation take until it becomes suicide for any American to travel abroad?