“… smells like victory”
Unless of course you’re involved in a bloody guerilla war where the chances of ever being able to confidently declare a total victory are somewhere between extremely little and absolutely fricking none.
Now before you read this article please note that I’m not vouching for it’s validity. Might be complete bollox or a top exclusive for all I know. We report, you decide. Given that’s it’s by the Sunday Mirror whose top story at this very moment is entitled “NANCY PORN VIDEO SHOCK” (Sorell, not Reagan or Sinatra for you perverts interested in that sort of thing) and who have in the past provided us with such genius as “THE KILLER EMAIL” I’m inclined to think they’re talking out of their asses.
US troops are secretly using outlawed napalm gas to wipe out remaining insurgents in and around Fallujah.
News that President George W. Bush has sanctioned the use of napalm, a deadly cocktail of polystyrene and jet fuel banned by the United Nations in 1980, will stun governments around the world.
And last night Tony Blair was dragged into the row as furious Labour MPs demanded he face the Commons over it. Reports claim that innocent civilians have died in napalm attacks, which turn victims into human fireballs as the gel bonds flames to flesh.
Outraged critics have also demanded that Mr Blair threatens to withdraw British troops from Iraq unless the US abandons one of the world’s most reviled weapons. Halifax Labour MP Alice Mahon said: “I am calling on Mr Blair to make an emergency statement to the Commons to explain why this is happening. It begs the question: ‘Did we know about this hideous weapon’s use in Iraq?’”
Since the American assault on Fallujah there have been reports of “melted” corpses, which appeared to have napalm injuries.
Last August the US was forced to admit using the gas in Iraq.
A 1980 UN convention banned the use of napalm against civilians - after pictures of a naked girl victim fleeing in Vietnam shocked the world.
America, which didn’t ratify the treaty, is the only country in the world still using the weapon.
Now like I said I’m deeply suspicious of such wild allegations from such a shithouse publication but if by some colossal fluke it’s actually proved true I’ll officially close down that 20% of sympathy and support I had left for the whole mission.
Odd how I’ve wavered on that sort of thing. I’d hazard a guess that I was probably split 50/50 when it kicked off, jumped on the bandwagon and was all for it with some reservations once they toppled Saddam and have slowly slid back to almost no respect for it as it drags on endlessly. Mind you when people actually suggest that we should be happy that soldiers are getting killed because it makes the American government look like tits it causes more than a casually raised eyebrow here.
And that’s the closest to coherant political debate you’ll get from me.