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Zen Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 10:47 PM
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6. White Phosphorus is a killer if used on humans.

If particles of ignited white phosphorus land on a person's skin, they can continue to burn right through flesh to the bone. Toxic phosphoric acid can also be released into wounds, risking phosphorus poisoning.

.....Exposure to white phosphorus smoke in the air can also cause liver, kidney, heart, lung or bone damage and even death.

A former US soldier who served in Iraq says breathing in smoke close to a shell caused the throat and lungs to blister until the victim suffocated, with the phosphorus continuing to burn them from the inside.


Some have claimed the use of white phosphorus contravenes the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention. This bans the use of any "toxic chemical" weapons which causes "death, harm or temporary incapacitation to humans or animals through their chemical action on life processes".

Professor Paul Rogers, of the University of Bradford's department of peace studies, told the BBC that white phosphorus could probably be considered a chemical weapon if deliberately aimed at civilians.
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  -Veterans, familiar with White Phosphorous is it a "Chemical Weapon"? greblc  Nov-17-05 10:26 PM   #0 
  - Nothing about their use of it as a weapon in my training  TrogL   Nov-17-05 10:28 PM   #1 
  - might be worthwhile to ask those it was used on..  MnFats   Nov-17-05 10:47 PM   #5 
  - We did have extensive training on how do deal with it  TrogL   Nov-17-05 10:48 PM   #7 
  - According to the Geneva Conventions, when used on people, yes.  personman   Nov-17-05 10:33 PM   #2 
  - it's an academic question  tocqueville   Nov-17-05 10:36 PM   #3 
  - Good info here.  dogman   Nov-17-05 10:36 PM   #4 
  - I agree. If civilians were targeted it's a problem.  greblc   Nov-17-05 11:03 PM   #8 
  - White Phosphorus is a killer if used on humans.  Zen Democrat   Nov-17-05 10:47 PM   #6 
  - In my Army training, it was one of the most cruel WMD...  kentuck   Nov-17-05 11:05 PM   #9 
  - Willie Pete is a chemical weapon. Yes.  TahitiNut   Nov-17-05 11:11 PM   #10 
  - Pentagon Reverses Position and Admits U.S. Troops Used White Phosphorous A  CHIMO   Nov-17-05 11:21 PM   #11 

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