Military have used napalm after Vietnam

"The generals love napalm"

For months, the Pentagon labeled a liar who claimed that US forces used napalm in the recent Iraq war. Now the Ministry of Defense justified the use of this internationally banned ammunition as necessary and legal.

Colonel Randolph Alles, head of the 11th Air Force stationed at the Miramar Marine Base, says: "Unfortunately there were people there, you could see them on the cockpit screens." It was Iraqi soldiers who perished. "It's not a good way to die." Everything described a napalm attack by its pilots to the San Diego Union Tribune. Before the Marines entered the Iraqi capital, they dropped dozens of these bombs near the Saddam Canal and the Tigris. All can not estimate how many opponents were killed in the process. He said too much anyway - presumably not knowing that the USA officially destroyed all napalm supplies in 2001. Napalm was developed in the United States in the 1940s. Aluminum salts of naphthenic and palmitic acids are used as thickeners in hydrocarbons for production. The resulting solid gel burns slowly, is difficult to extinguish and therefore tends to develop wild fires and has devastating effects on living beings. In particular, the ability to adhere to the skin is what makes these incendiary bombs so treacherous. Even if those affected survive, they are at risk of cancer ulcers for life. In the Vietnam War, the US military used over 200,000 tons of the murderous substance. Napalm bombs were also dropped in the 1991 Gulf War. After that, most states committed to destroy the stuff. The reason: the weapon acts indiscriminately against military personnel and civilians, causes unnecessary suffering and is therefore contrary to international law. However, it has now emerged that US Marines aircraft have dropped MK 77 bombs - each weighing 500 pounds - both at an observation post on Safwan Mountain on the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border and off Baghdad. At Numaniyah, a key position 40 kilometers from the capital, US fighter-bombers released these MK 77 bombs in early April. They are a further development of the napalm canister M 74 used by the USA in the Vietnam War. After being dropped, both types spin unguided into the target area and kill indiscriminately on areas the size of five football fields. A Pentagon representative in Washington said on Thursday that these bombs are a suitable means of dealing with a "difficult enemy" and at the same time "saving one's own life." There is no international convention that prohibits the use of this ammunition. After all, they are not napalm bombs, but so-called fire bombs. John Pike, an internationally respected military expert and head of GlobalSecurity, comments: "You can call it anything else, but it is and remains napalm." The Pentagon reacts cynically to the accusations. One officer said into microphones: “I am not aware of any method of killing the enemy in a humane way.” Military theorist Bernard Trainor, once Lieutenant General of the Marines, emphasizes: “In Vietnam I used this stuff every day. I have no moral anxiety about the mission. It's just a different kind of weapon. ”Trainor's successors see it no differently. Because they took this other type of weapon with them to war as a completely normal weapon. Like treacherous cluster bombs. Like chemical weapons with which one wanted to fight the house-to-house war for Baghdad. There is evidence that the US military will continue to use napalm bombs. The arsenals will be replenished over the next two years. In February, exactly six weeks before the attack on Iraq, a further 1,000 "fire bombs" were ordered after the budget had been confirmed by the US Congress. Marines Colonel Alles commented, “The generals love napalm. It has a great psychological effect. "

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