The word Phosphorus is the Greek version of Lucifer: Bringer of Light.
To the people of Gaza, just as the people of Lebanon discovered before them, and the people of Falluja after that, Phosphorus is the bringer of agony. White phosphorus bursts into flames on contact with the air, and burns with extreme heat. It is extremely toxic and while it burns it can destroy the liver, heart and kidneys. It also produces a severe pulmonary irritant that can destroy the lungs. Even the most minimal burns on the skin can kill.
In addition to being highly toxic, white phosphorus is the extremely aggressive incendiary substance used to start the Hamburg firestorms. Phosphorus doesn’t stop burning until it’s all gone, and that means that if you get a particle of it on your skin, it can easily burn all the way through to the bone.
This is what Israeli aircraft are dropping on the civilians trapped in Gaza, and what Israeli gunners are firing at the city with their artillery. They’ll tell you that these shells and bombs are only intended to create a smokescreen and that they aren’t weapons. I’m sure that will come as a great comfort to the children whose lungs are burnt inside-out.
According to the London Times article (below), The Geneva Treaty of 1980 stipulates that white phosphorus should not be used as a weapon of war in civilian areas, but there is no blanket ban under international law on its use as a smokescreen or for illumination.
However, Charles Heyman, a military expert and former major in the British Army, said: â€œIf white phosphorus was deliberately fired at a crowd of people someone would end up in The Hague. White phosphorus is also a terror weapon. The descending blobs of phosphorus will burn when in contact with skin.â€
Terror weapon, eh?
How much worse then if you happen to be a jailer, as the Israelis are, and you fire this murderous stuff at your own prison, which is exactly what Gaza is: a prison for the people kicked out of their homes by Zionist militias in 1948.
As if it isn’t bad enough that the streets of Gaza run with shit because all the sewers have been destroyed, and as if it isn’t bad enough that the people are starving, and as if it isn’t inhuman enough that the Israelis have cut off the electricity, and as if it isn’t bad enough that they have bombed and shelled these terrified people for a week or more, killing 500 of them, and as if it isn’t bad enough that the wounded lie on the streets until they die because the ambulances can’t reach them.
As if it isn’t bad enough that Israel has engineered a humanitarian catastrophe before our eyes.
As if all this isn’t bad enough, now they’re burning them to death.
What have we heard from Barack Obama? Nothing, though his people will tell you he doesn’t want to usurp the power of the incumbent President. Isn’t it strange that such considerations didn’t stop him from condemning the Mumbai attack?
What have we heard from the special envoy to the Middle-East, Tony Blair? Nothing.
Perhaps massacres are only wrong when they happen to our friends. Perhaps it doesn’t matter how many Arabs are murdered.
Listen to this courageous Norwegian doctor, who went into the ghetto to look after the civilian prisoners being bombed by the Israeli military. Share his anger and his disgust at what Israel is now doing to the people it has oppressed for 60 years.
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